The Del Norte track team ventured away from the Humboldt-Del Norte League Saturday to compete in the prestigious Steve Prefontaine Invitational hosted by Marshfield High School in Coos Bay, Oregon. The Warrior boys placed eighth overall in the 27-team field with 29.5 team points, while the girls finished sixth in the 22-team field, accumulating 45.83 team points.
Aaron Young continued his impressive season in the field and on the track, placing in the top 10 in five individual events. Young placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles race with a time of 17.47 seconds, while placing fifth in both the 300-hurdles (44.55 seconds) and shot put (44 feet, 4 inches). The senior also established a personal best with his 38 foot, 11 inch mark in the triple jump which placed him sixth overall. Young placed seventh in the pole vault as well, soaring 11 feet even. On the track, Vova Sherman placed sixth in both the 200 and 400-meter races. Sherman crossed the finish line at a clip of 23.99 seconds in the 200-meter event and ran a 52.76 pace in the 400. Both Luke King and Ethan Price set personal best marks, with King achieving his with a 44 foot, 4 inch throw in the shot put which placed him fifth, while Price setting his with a 38 foot, 7 inch effort in the triple jump.
On the girls’ side, Kaleya Sanchez finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 33 feet, 4 inches, while tying for fourth place in the high jump with a mark of 4 feet, 8 inches. Sanchez also placed eighth in the long jump (15 feet, 7 ¾ inches) and 16th in the shot put with a personal best throw of 24 feet. Katherine Martinez earned three runner up finishes on the day, including a personal best effort in the 300-meter hurdles at 50.20 seconds. Martinez also placed second in the 100-meter hurdles (17.05 seconds) and pole vault (10 feet, 6 inches). Carolyn Cochran placed second in the discus with a throw of 103 feet, 2 inches, while Jasmine Pearson tied for eighth in the high jump with a mark of 4 feet, 6 inches.