SPORTS

Bears’ Woodglass is only south county medalist at Finals

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

A season marked by uncooperative weather ended Friday with one Mount Shasta High School athlete hopping off the podium in glee at West Valley High School in Cottonwood.

Senior Kendra “Hollywood” Woodglass placed fifth in the discus at the Northern Section Finals to earn southern Siskiyou County’s only medal.

Woodglass’s throw of 94 feet, 6 inches wasn’t the best of her career, but she earned a spot on the podium in a field that featured the section’s best track and field stars from schools of all sizes.

“It was a nice crowning to her career,” Mount Shasta coach Steve Nesheim said.

The finishes by athletes from the far north end of the Northern Section – those who had the worst weather conditions to contend with throughout the spring – were about what you would expect, according to Nesheim.

Mount Shasta junior Austin Herrick, competing in all four events he qualified for, placed 6th in three of them, the 100m (11.36), 200m (23.09) and long jump (20-01). Herrick and his 4 by 400 relay teammates placed 7th in 3:38.84.

On the girls side, Dunsmuir High School junior Katie McIntyre placed 6th in the 100m in 13.34, 7th in the long jump at 15-01, and 8th in the 200m in 28.16, a personal record.

McIntyre was this year’s Evergreen League girls track and field MVP and a Division IV champion in 100m and long jump.

For Mount Shasta, junior Lisa Shinohara was 7th in the 800m in 2:45.10, and freshman Janelle Jaegel placed 8th in the pole vault at 7-feet.

Mount Shasta’s girls 4 by 100 relay team placed 7th in 54.27, and their 4 by 400 team was 8th in 4:34.90.

While the meet was dominated by valley schools, Siskiyou County did have one winner, Yreka senior Kevin Jorgensen won the 800m by a comfortable margin. He finished in 1:57.04, while Devin Shoop of Red Bluff was second in 2:00.80.

Jorgensen earned a berth in the California state championships.

Nesheim said the spring of 2010 will go down in the books as “the season of the worst weather imaginable... I?wore shorts to practice two days this season. It was tough on the coaches and really really tough on the athletes.”

The weather for Friday’s Section Finals was good, with temperatures in the high 60s to low 70s – not the scalding heat the meet has known in other years.

Nesheim praised his athletes for performing “like a mountain team that overcame obstacles. I’m proud of them for that.”

Mount Shasta’s girls, with scoring boost provided by their distance runners, won Shasta Cascade League and Division III?team championships this season.

While most of the team members are underclass and can return in the future, a few veterans will be graduating, including four-year performers Woodglass, Nikki Roda and Kerstin Bree.

Nesheim said Woodglass started her track career as a quarter-mile specialist who was known for hunting down anyone in front of her. “She’s a great competitor,” he said.

Roda is a sprinter and long jumper who ran her best times at the end of the season.

Bree, according to Nesheim, began her distance running career being encouraged by former state cross country champion Katie Fritzke. “She’s a hard worker and dedicated athlete,”?Nesheim said of Bree.

Nesheim said the weather conditions caused Austin Herrick to switch his emphasis this season from the 400m to shorter races. He enjoyed great success, including three individual victories at the Division III championships and a relay win in the 4 by 400.

Next year, “he’ll have to decide what is going to be his premiere event,” Nesheim said of Herrick. “I’d like to see him pick a school record to go for and bury it. I?think it could be the 400.”

Nesheim gave kudos to the Wellness Center for providing its Bumps and Bruises service free of charge to high school athletes from 7 to 7:45 a.m.

“It’s a great service that has helped many Mount Shasta High School athletes in all sports,”?Nesheim said. “It’s good for a small town to have people like that who really want to help.”

The coach also praised Mark Vardenega for the work he did training Mount Shasta pole vaulters in the first season they’ve participated in that event.

“He’s a tremendous technician,”?Nesheim said of Vardenega, “and our students responded.”

The Bears had to travel to College of the Siskiyous to find the facilities to train for the pole vault, but Nesheim said he plans to find a way to change that in the near future.