VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS — So who are the fastest athletes in the H-DN?

By Ray Hamill — A freshman and a senior are the fastest athletes in the H-DN this year, and they’re only getting faster.

At Saturday’s H-DN track and field championships in Fortuna, Arcata senior Sydney Hasselquist won both the girls 100 meter and 200m sprints, setting a PR on her way to victory in both.

The dominating Tigers senior has been on fire all spring in the sprint races, winning 12 of the 13 races she has lined up for in the two events combined.

Hasselquist won the 100m in a time of 12.58 seconds and captured the win in the 200m in a time of 26.24 seconds.

Fortuna junior Allie Cox placed second to Hasselquist in both races and also saved her best for the biggest stage with PRs in each race (12.82 and 26.46).

Del Norte senior Gianna Taylor finished third in the 100m, while Eureka freshman Grecia Ortiz showed her promise with a third-place finish in the 200m.

The girls 200m race was one of the most competitive for the league, with five different schools represented in the top five.

The 100m was similarly balanced with six schools represented in the top seven.

The boys sprints, on the other hand, were dominated by the Del Norte Warriors, who swept the top three in the 100m and had two of the fastest three runners in the 200m.

Del Norte freshman Deken Hanks continued his outstanding season with a victory in both sprints, and also set PRs in both.

Hanks won the 100m in a time of 11.10 seconds, which is the second fastest mark for a freshman in the North Coast Section this year, and barely beat out a pair of teammates across the line.

Arcata’s Sydney Hasselquist, Fortuna’s Allie Cox and Del Norte’s Gianna Taylor on the podium after the girls 100m final on Saturday.

Del Norte’s Deken Hanks, Aden Mintonye and Caden Harrison on the podium after the boys 100m final.

Sophomore Aden Mintonye placed second, followed by junior Caden Harrison.

All seven finalists in the 100m set PRs.

Hanks won the boys 200m with a time of 22.87 seconds, which is the fourth fastest time by a freshman in the NCS this year.

Eureka senior Hans Chalmers placed second on Saturday with a PR of 23.39 seconds, followed by Harrison in third.

Check out our video highlights of both 100m finals above, as well as Hanks reaction afterwards.

Deken Hanks is the second fastest freshman in the entire NCS this spring.


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