440 athletes compete, Dave Allen meet records fall

Steve Gerace
The 6th Annual Dave Allen Twilight Invitational track and field meet at Mount Shasta High School's Sehorn Field, May 8, 2009

The weather was fine as high school track athletes from 19 schools got in some final competition before their league championship meets during last week’s Dave Allen Invitational at Mount Shasta High School’s Sehorn Field.

Mount Shasta head coach Steve Nesheim said it was the best Twilight Invitational yet, featuring larger schools like Central Valley, Red Bluff, Yreka and Lassen.

In all, 440 athletes competed, leading to over 1,000 results. Twenty-one new meet records were set over 66 events.

South county competitors from Mount Shasta, Weed and Dunsmuir have now set their sights on this Friday’s league championship events, which are qualifying meets for the upcoming subsections.

Weed and Mount Shasta will compete in the Shasta Cascade League Championships this Friday, beginning at 2 p.m. at College of the Siskiyous.

Dunsmuir is headed to Tulelake on Friday for the Evergreen League championships.

The Dave Allen Twilight Invitational is named for former longtime Mount Shasta track and field coach Dave Allen, who is in his 39th year of teaching and also works now as a new teachers’ mentor. No longer coaching, Allen did help at last week’s invitational.

Following is a brief summary of highlights for the south Siskiyou teams

Mount Shasta Bears

The Bears set 20 personal records at their own Twilight event.

Their top finishes included a new school record by the Girls Sprint Medley Relay team, which placed third.

Also for the Bears:

1st in the Girls Distance Medley Relay

1st in the Girls Rumbling Mountain 4 x 100 Thrower's Relay

3rd in the Girls Varsity 4 x 100 Relay

1st in the Girls Varsity 4 x 400 Relay

2nd by Mitchell Nesheim in the  Varsity Boys 3200m

3rd by Ryan Cazneaux in the Varsity Boys 100m

4th by Ryan Cazneaux in the Varsity Boys 200m

1st by Ryan Cazneaux in the Varsity Boys 110m High Hurdles

1st by Ryan Cazneaux in Varsity Boys 300m Intermediate Hurdles

4th by Lars Warn in the Varsity Boys 400m

2nd by the Boys Rumbling Mountain 4 x 100m Thrower's Relay.

Nesheim said he expects the Bears’ girls and boys teams to both have a shot at winning league championships Friday.

He expects the girls team title to come down to Mount Shasta and Etna, while the Mount Shasta boys will battle Trinity for first place.

The Bears have strength in the boys sprints and jumps, while “Trinity has talent everywhere... and more depth,” Nesheim said.

Etna’s girls have league leaders in nearly every event, according to the Mount Shasta coach, but the Bears have better depth.

 Weed Cougars

Mostly a JV team this year, Weed coach Dan DeRoss said he saw a lot of improvement at the Twilight meet.

Tyler Moser and Ryan Coates continued to get better in the 1600 meters and 3200 meters. Coates finished 1st in the JV 3200 meters.  Moser finished 3rd. 

In the open 1600 meters Coates finished in a season best 5:19.29 and Moser took 9 seconds off of his previous best.

Kera Vogel finished 3rd in the JV 100 meter hurdles.  Chelsea Quigley finished 3rd in the 3200 meters with a season best time of 14:41. 

She also clocked a season best in the 1600 meters at 6:38. Elizabeth DeRoss matched her best time of the season in the 1600.

Cody Beam and Brandon Williams finished 5th and 6th respectively in the 400 meters. 

The Weed JV boys 4X100 meter relay team finished 5th. 

Norman Peterson finished 5th in the discus. Freshman Jessica Gardner improved her times in both the 100 meters and 200 meters.

DeRoss said the key for the Cougars at the Friday’s SCL?meet will be “for us to perform at our best... I think our kids are looking forward to the challenge.”

Dunsmuir Tigers

Coach Steve Van Ert said the Tigers focused mostly on relays at the Twilight meet and earned a third place in the varsity boys sprint medley and fifth in the varsity girls 4 by 100 with    Anna Van Ert, Samantha Schroeder, Katie McIntyre and Chelsea MacGinniss.

Matt Norton was fourth in the 300 hurdles with a personal record.

Going into the EL?meet, coach Van Ert said Big Valley, Tulelake and Butte Valley all have strong teams, and he sees the varsity boys race involving the Tigers and those three schools.

The difference he said could come down to pole vaulting, an event only Tulelake and Big Valley have the facilities to compete in

Senior Corey Knowles is a favorite in the 100 and 200 meter sprints.

The Dunsmuir girls 4 by 100 team has the fastest time in the Division this season, but MacGinnis was injured at the Twilight meet and it’s unknown how well she’ll be able to run Friday.

But overall, Van Ert said, “The girls are looking strong.”

The 6th Annual Dave Allen Twilight Invitational track and field meet at Mount Shasta High School's Sehorn Field, May 8, 2009