Junior Dustyn Salomon took first place for the first time of his high school career among the 64 athletes competing in Saturday’s "Beat the Heat" Cross Country meet at College of the Redwoods. The South Fork boys’ team took 3rd place over all, with Arcata in second and McKinleyville winning the meet. Salomon recorded a time of 17:23 jumping out to an early lead, which he maintained throughout the race.
Senior Ismael Lopez ran a time of 17:57 for a fourth place finish, and senior David Chadbourne placed 9th with a time of 18:44. Junior Jesus Lopez finished in 16th place with a time of 19:31. junior Cristian Alatorre was 21st with a time of 19:59. Sophomore Andres Alatorre finished 23rd with a time of 20:02, senior Damian Alatorre was 45th with a 22:05 time, and freshman Armondo Martinez ran the first race of his high school career, finishing with a time of 22:54 in 51st place.
Thirty-six girls ran in the event and for the first time in nearly a decade South Fork was represented by female athletes in a cross-country race. Senior Tristan Jeffers came in 26th place with a time of 28:30 and junior Miriam Duron placed 34th with a time of 31:44.
"We are so excited about the team this year," said head coach Susan Chadbourne. "The guys really want to make it to state, and many of the coaches that hang around the meets let them know they have a chance of finishing in the top four at the section level," (the requirement for going on to compete at the state level in the post-season.) "I’m so proud of the way they work together and support each other to improve."
The next meet will be the league opener on Tuesday, September 18th in Fortuna.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF SUSAN CHADBOURNE
1. Dustyn Salomon came in first finishing 100 yards ahead of the second-place Red Bluff runner.
2. From left to right representing South Fork High School are Andres Alatorre, Tristan Jeffers, Ismael Lopez, Dustyn Salomon, Cristian Alatorre, David Chadbourne, Damian Alatorre, Jesus Lopez, Miriam Duron, and Armondo Martinez.