A Loggers legend inspires Guilbert’s record-breaking victory

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Jamin Guilbert won both the boys shot put and discus at last weekend’s H-DN track and field championships.

Jamin Guilbert took the advice of a Eureka High legend on his way to a record-breaking performance at last weekend’s H-DN track and field championships.

The Loggers senior obliterated his old PR with an outstanding throw of 174’4” on his way to victory in the boys discus.

The winning mark not only beat the field by an incredible 40’9” but also is the top mark in the North Coast Section this season.

And on top of that, it was a new school record, breaking the old mark, which had stood for 44 years, by almost six feet.

Interestingly, it was the old record holder, Bill McAuley, who helped inspire the talented Guilbert to success.

McAuley worked with Guilbert last summer and presented him with his old discus while telling him to go and break his record.

The young athlete took him literally and continued what has been a huge spring in the H-DN for the local high school throwers with his record-breaking toss, which topped his previous best mark by almost 14 feet.

Guilbert is one of three senior H-DN throwers who are enjoying outstanding campaigns, along with teammate Joseph Gonzalez and McKinleyville’s Derek Ray.

In addition to Guilbert’s top NCS mark in the discus, Ray has the top NCS mark this spring in the shot put with a throw of 57’ 6”, which he set during a league meet last month.

For good measure, Guilbert has the second best NCS distance in the shot with a PR throw of 54’ 8.75”, which he set at the league championships on his way to victory in that event as well.

Derek Ray in action at the league championships.

Joseph Gonzalez

Gonzalez’s PR throw of 52’ 6” in the shot put, which he set at the Viking Classic in Santa Rosa last month, is fourth best in the NCS, giving the H-DN trio of friends a remarkable three of the top four throws in the entire section.

Ray also has the eighth best NCS mark in the discus with a throw of 147’ 5”.

All three standouts will now turn their attention to this weekend’s NCS championships.

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