The 23 Cougars on the team – 14 girls and 9 boys – “are all over the map” in terms of experience and skill level, according to coach Dan DeRoss said. Several who made it to last year's Section Finals are returning, including Mallory Pappas, Max Michelon, Elizabeth Ebrahimy and Giordan Stenmark.

Weed High School’s track and field roster is smaller than usual this season, but the goal is high.

“We want to get as many as possible to the Division and Section meets,” said head coach Dan DeRoss.

The 23 Cougars on the team – 14 girls and 9 boys – “are all over the map” in terms of experience and skill level, DeRoss said.

Weed opened the season with some strong performances at Siskiyou County Meet-2 March 20 in Yreka.

Junior Mallory Pappas, who set a school record last year in the triple jump, placed first in both the triple jump (31-6.5) and long jump (15-9). DeRoss said her distances in both events were better than her season-ending efforts at last year’s Northern Section Finals.

Freshman Taran Miller won the JV boys 1600 meter in Yreka in 4:52.98 and placed 4th in the 800m.

Seniors Lauren Gubetta and Bettina Darger placed 3-4 in the varsity girls 100m hurdles.

Junior Samantha Donaldson placed 4th in the 200m and tied for 4th with teammate Jacque Dodson in the high jump.

Junior Andrew Matheson placed 4th in the boys 400m and 6th in the 800m.

Senior Jonathon Hofer placed 4th in the discus and 6th in the shot put, while juniors Max Michelon and Spenser Stenmark placed 6-7 in the pole vault.

In the varsity girls throws, Marielle Schnack was 9th in shot put and discus, McKenna Crabill was 10th and 11th, and Giordan Stenmark was 12th in discus.

Elizabeth Ebrahimy and Giordan Stenmark, who both reached the Section Finals last year as sophomores, return in the pole vault. That competition got cut short because of darkness in Yreka.

Other JV Cougars who earned top 10 finishes in Yreka were freshman Richard Rivera and sophomore Jeremy Collier in the shot put and discus, sophomore Vivek Prasad in the 800m and 1600m, and sophomore Brady Fernandez in the JV girls 100 hurdles.

“Overall it was a good day,” said DeRoss.

The Cougars are scheduled to compete March 29 in the Burt Williams Classic at Central Valley High in Redding.