The Dunsmuir Tigers returned from Central Valley High School Saturday with 13 of their 14 athletes earning at least one top six finish.
Nine Tigers earned top 3 finishes, including a 1st place by freshman Jeff Rhoades with a toss in shot put that flew 44' 0".
Freshman Remi Ewens brought home a 2nd place medal by jumping 26' 6.5" in the triple jump. Remi also picked up a 3rd place medal for her first go at the high jump; she cleared 3'8".
Freshman Orion McRee’s high jump of 5'6" and freshman Justin DeClusin's long jump of 16' 9.25" were good for 3rd place medals.
Varsity returners Katie McIntyre, a junior, and senior Nate Gonzales also brought home 3rd place medals. Katie ran the 100m for the first time and recorded an Evergreen League leading time of 13.72 seconds. Gonzales went 37 feet, 1.5 inches in the triple jump, which also leads the league.
The varsity girls 4x100m relay team of VanErt, McIntyre, Seifert and Weld placed 3rd by shaving another half a second off their time.
Sophomore Clara Weld set two personal records while picking up 4th place in the 200m with a time of 31.14. She also cut her 100m time down to 14.29 where she competed against the varsity. That time was 1/100th second off the first place JV time.
McIntyre picked up 4th place finishes in shot put and triple jump as well.
Sophomore Jacob Mekeel set 2 PRs by hitting 75' 6" in the discus while picking up 5th in the shot put with a throw of 37'10". DeClusin cut .25 from his 100m time which was good for 6th.
The varsity boys 4x100m relay team posted a league-leading time of 49.53.
“That's not bad, considering they had just formed their team Thursday night, never practiced, and half of the team runs in tennis shoes!” according to coach Steve VanErt.
Thanks to senior LT Hisey and junior Colton Sordahl, who are both baseball players (as are DeClusin, Mekeel and Rhoades), the boys varsity team now has a relay team. With one of the north state’s top rushers as their anchor and newcomer Christian DeLeon as their starter, “this team should continue to shave seconds off of their time and dominate the Evergreen League,”?coach VanErt said.
Junior Christian DeLeon, who is in his first year of track, also set two PRs in Redding. He cut his 100m time down by .6 seconds and added 21 feet to his discus just 3 days after his last PR's were set at the MVL Meet.
With weather a threat to the scheduled meet on Thursday at Mount Shasta and then Easter break approaching, the Tigers don’t expect to compete again until April 16 or possibly even the 23rd. That's fine for coach Van Ert, who said, "We have started competing earlier than usual this season and while we are looking strong, we need to focus more on gaining strength and improving technique while giving our athletes a break from the stress of competition. Our goal is peak at the Division Finals so we are at our best when we hit Section Finals.
Coach VanErt added a shout of thanks to Mount Shasta High School for giving the Tigers a place to train, fellow coaches for giving their athletes time to train and compete, and the DHS administration “who supports and encourages us at every step.”