College of the Redwoods

Five Corsairs advance to state championships in eight events

Submitted photo – CR’s Kyle Byrne celebrates his victory in the men’s 1500m at the NorCal championships.

College of the Redwoods track and field will send five athletes to the California Community College championships after another big performance at last weekend’s NorCal championships at Yuba College.

Sophomores Hannah Hartwell and Chance Hefter will both make a return trip to the prestigious meet and will each compete in three events.

Hartwell, who holds multiple CR records, has qualified in the women’s 800 meters, the 1500m and the 5K, and she holds the best times in state this year in all three.

Last spring she became the first-ever CR woman to win a state championship with a victory in the 5K, while also placing third in the 1500m.

This past weekend she was crowned NorCal champion in all three events at Yuba College.

Hefter, meanwhile qualified in the men’s shot put, hammer and discus after strong performances in all three events at Yuba.

Hefter won the shot put, placed second in the hammer and was third in the discus.

Last year, as a freshman he placed second in state in both the shot put and hammer and fourth in the discus.

Teammate Adriannan Slaybaugh also has qualified for a second straight year in the women’s javelin after placing seventh a year ago, and she will be joined in the event this season by teammate Alexee Kline, giving the Corsairs multiple qualifiers in the women’s state javelin competition for the second straight year.

Kline placed third in the event at the NorCal meet, while Slaybaugh was sixth.

Rounding out the CR state qualifiers is sophomore Kyle Byrne, who will compete in the men’s 800m after placing first at the NorCal championships.

Several other CR athletes also fared well at the NorCal meet, including Myles Guilbert who barely missed out on state qualification after placing seventh in the men’s high jump.

McKinleyville’s Nathan Witte placed fifth in the men’s 110m hurdles, while Eureka’s Sativa Younge was fifth in the women’s 100m, followed by Del Norte’s Tianna Thompson in seventh.

The CR women’s 4x100m relay team.

Fortuna’s Maggie Stacy also had a meet to remember with a third-place finish in the women’s steeplechase, while Chloe Allen was eighth in the women’s 1500m and Alyssa McCovey was eighth in the women’s 400m hurdles.

Younge, Thompson, McCovey and Kallie Schoenbachler combined for a season-best time in the women’s 4x100m relay on the way to a seventh-place finish.

As a team, the CR women placed sixth, while the CR men were ninth.

The state championships will take place on Friday and Saturday in Modesto.

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