South Fork’s harriers ran in the fifth Humboldt Del Norte League meet last Tuesday at McKinleyville, and Junior Dustyn Salomon came home with second place while everyone on the team achieved a new personal record in the 3-mile event. The flat course wound around and through the high school campus and track so the runners were able to see each other often during the run. There were 61 male runners and South Fork’s 6-man team took 3rd place behind McKinleyville and Arcata.
Salomon and Arcata runner Jose Lopez traded the lead throughout the race but Salomon had to settle for 2nd place with a time of 16:46. Senior David Chadbourne took 7th with a 17:13 time. Junior Jesus Lopez finished 15th with a time of 17:59, his first time ever under 18 minutes. Senior Ismael Lopez was 17th at 18:37, senior Devin Hand came in 30th with a time of 19:54. Senior Damian Alatorre improved his previous best time by almost a minute, finishing 47th at 22:24.
South Fork’s girls also continued to improve their times at the event. Senior Tristan Jeffers paced herself well and shaved three minutes off her previous best time, finishing with a time of 24:53 for 22nd place. Senior Tara Gallagher took 3-1/2 minutes off her previous best running 25:32 for 24th place. Junior Miriam Duron was six minutes faster with a time of 28:20. The race was won by the Arcata girls, led by Chloe Pigg who finished with a time of 17:46.
PHOTOS BY HEATHER SALOMON
1. Senior Devin Hand at the finish during the league meet #5 in Mack.
2. The team: Tara Gallagher, Devin Hand, David Chadbourne, Dustyn Salomon, Damian Alatorre, Jesus Lopez, Miriam Duron, Tristan Jeffers and Ismael Lopez. The team also participated in the Humboldt Redwoods Marathon today. Four of the boys participated and had excellent times. Dustyn Salomon and David Chadbourne both ran the 5k race and placed 3rd and 4th in their age group. Cristian Alatorre and Andres Alatorre ran the half marathon and placed 1st and 3rd in their age group.
3. Cristian Alatorre and Andres Alatorre with their medals.