H-DN throwers shine at MOC, as three locals advance to state

Submitted photos – Eureka teammates Jamin Guilbert, left, and Joseph Gonzalez placed first and sixth, respectively, in the boys discus at the MOC.

The H-DN throwers continued to shine at the North Coast Section Meet of Champions at Dublin High School on Saturday, as three local athletes qualified for the CIF state meet.

Eureka senior Jamin Guilbert placed first in the boys discus, while McKinleyville senior Derek Ray took top spot in the boys shot put.

And that wasn’t all for the H-DN throwers.

Guilbert capped an outstanding couple of days with a fourth-place in the shot put, while his teammate Joseph Gonzalez was sixth in the discus, giving the Loggers two of the top six spots in the event.

With their victories, both Guilbert and Ray qualified for the state championships, as has Arcata sophomore Quincy Collins, who continued her outstanding spring with a third place finish in the girls high jump.

With the top three in each event moving on to the state championships, the H-DN had three athletes barely miss out.

In addition to Guilbert’s fourth-place finish in the shot put, St. Bernard’s sophomore Laila Florvilus placed a very impressive fourth in the girls 100 meter hurdles, as did McKinleyville senior Kalyssa Claros in the girls shot put.

Claros remarkably placed fourth with just one throw in the event after suffering a compound fracture on her ankle on the attempt.

Eureka’s Emily Pesch also placed 11th in the girls high jump.


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