Weed High School didn’t win many individual events at the Shasta Cascade League Track and Field Championships May 12 at Tulelake, but the Cougar boys and girls teams both finished No. 1.

The varsity girls championship was Weed’s first since 1988, and the boys championship was the first for the Cougars since 1992. (Weed’s boys did come close in 2002, finishing one point behind Trinity.)

The 2011 Cougar boys won their league title in a landslide, scoring 181 points to Etna’s 106.

It was much closer in the girls race, as Weed edged the Lions, 185-181.

Many high finishes and team depth lifted Weed’s teams to victories, even though they only claimed three first place finishes during the day.

Weed’s boys won the 4 by 100 relay race with a team composed of Doug Horner, Josh Rodgers, Brandon Williams, and Cody Beam.

Sophomore exchange student Lilo Burk from Germany won the girls high jump at 4 feet, 6 inches; and freshman Alexis Nova won the girls pole vault at 7 feet, 6 inches, narrowly missing at 8 feet.

Otherwise it was a bounty of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place finishes that took the Cougars to the top.

Longtime Cougar coach Dan DeRoss said he was proud of his team’s accomplishments.

Of the boys team, DeRoss said, “As a whole these 15 young men competed in a very sacrificial and determined fashion to win the team championship, reflecting what it really means to work with purpose towards a team goal,” said Weed coach Dan DeRoss. “They should be quite proud of their efforts. The seniors on this team demonstrated an outstanding attitude that provided our team with leadership needed to attain this goal. Virtually every member of the team competed in four events to obtain the title. I will always remember this team for its willingness to commit to one another to win the prize.”

DeRoss praised the girls team as “a gritty group of young, talented athletes” most of whom competed in four events to help narrowly defeat a talented Etna team.

“Sacrifice, determination, and competitive spirit all are a part of this championship team,” DeRoss said of the Cougar girls. “This team is quite young and will be very competitive in the years to come. Hopefully we can be counted on to challenge for championships in the years to come. I am extremely proud of all of these kids!”

Many Weed team members qualified to compete  in the Northern Section Division IV Championships Friday, May 20, at West Valley High School in Cottonwood.

Weed Cougar results at 2011 Shasta Cascade League Championships


1st in the 4 by 100 relay race with Doug Horner, Josh Rodgers, Brandon Williams, and Cody Beam.

2nd in the 4 by 400 relay with Ryan Coates, Chris Vancil, Brandon Williams, and Liam Hagarty.

Senior Tyler Moser – 2nd in the 1600m; 2nd in pole vault; 2nd in 800m; and 2nd in 3200m.

Senior Cody Beam – 3rd in long jump; 3rd in 200m (24.4); 3rd in 400m.

Senior Andrew Tavalero – 2nd in discus; 3rd in shot put; ran 800m and 3200m.

Senior Garrett Ward – 5th in shot put; 5th in discus.

Senior Liam Hagarty – 3rd in triple jump.

Junior Brandon Williams – 2nd in 400m with a season’s best 55.2; 2nd in 300m hurdles (51.43).

Junior Doug Horner – 3rd in 300m hurdles; 4th in long jump.

Junior Ryan Coates – 3rd in 800m, 1600m, and 3200m. Coates “ran determined races,” coach DeRoss said.

Sophomore Chris Vancil – 4th in 100m


Coach DeRoss said the seniors on the Cougar girls track team, Elizabeth DeRoss, Chelsea Quigley, Kobi Mills, Robin Ferguson, and Kera Vogel, “have been waiting for three years to actually be able to compete for a league title. In 2011 the circumstances were right.”

Along with the seniors, the Cougar teams features a strong group of underclass competitors: sophomores Lilo Burk, Jaime Fiorini, Karene Marshall, and Brooke McBrian; and freshmen Bettina Darger, Amanda Garcia, Jillian Neel, Alexis Nova, and Marielle Schnack.

Coach DeRoss said the sophomores “provided stellar performances” and the freshmen “did an amazing job.”

Elizabeth DeRoss – 2nd in 3200m; 3rd in 800m; 4th in 1600m.

Chelsea Quigley – 2nd in pole vault; 3rd in 3200m; 4th in triple jump.

Kobi Mills – 2nd in shot put and “ran two very tough races in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles,” according to the coach.

Robin Ferguson – “Improved once again in both the 400 and 800 meters and competed well in the shot put,” DeRoss said.

Kera Vogel – After battling injury all season, DeRoss said Vogel “toughed it out in the 100 meter hurdles” to finish 2nd.

Lilo Burk – 1st in high jump (4-6); 3rd in long jump; ran on both relay teams that placed 2nd.

Karene Marshall – 4th in 100m hurdles; 5th in long jump; 2nd in 300m hurdles (58.37); opening leg for 2nd place 4 by 100 relay team.

Brooke McBrian – 3rd in 1600m, 300m hurdles, and high jump. Anchored the 4 by 400 relay team. She “ran her usual aggressive races,” coach DeRoss said.

Bettina Darger – 3rd in 200m, 5th in 100m hurdles, and “ran very well in both the 4 by 100 and 4 by 400 relays,” DeRoss said.

Jillian Neel – Despite an ankle injury, placed 2nd in the 100m (14.44) and 3rd in triple jump (26-11).

Alexis Nova – 1st in pole vault at 7-6, narrowly missing at 8 feet; 5th in long jump; 6th in 100m hurdles.

Marielle Schnack – 2nd in triple jump (28-7); 2nd in hugh jump (4-6); anchored 4 by 100 relay team, despite a painful hip.