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Dustyn Salomon was South Fork High School’s only representative at the CIF State Cross Country Championship on Saturday, November 30.

Dustyn competed very well in the race, he was in the top 15 for the first 2 miles of the race. He ended up finishing 35th in a field of 198 runners. His time was 16:59 a person record for him for a 5k race. He was very happy that he PR’d in the race even though he didn’t beat the school record of 16:26 held by Hank Carl.

It was a happy ending for him for the season. He is now ready for track season and hopes to break the mile record that’s been held for over 20 years. The record is 4:21 held by Rio Anderson and Dustyn almost beat it last year with a time of 4:36.

In other CIF action, McKinleyville’s Morgin Coonfield went stride-for-stride with the state’s best and finished third out of 207 runners in the Division 4 portion of the CIF State Cross Country Championships. She crossed the finish at 18 minutes and five seconds.

”Morgin entered the race ranked third,” said Panthers head coach Jason Lewis in an email. “Anna Maxwell, the state champ, was never going to be caught unless she just had a very bad day. I thought Morgin could have potentially jumped up a spot.”

Arcata’s Chloe Pigg finished 22nd at 19:09 and Fortuna’s Michaela Barros placed 26th at 19:20.

”Michaela made it to her third straight state finals,” Fortuna coach Josh Quintal began in an email, “she has never missed practice in all three years and she is the only H-DN girl that has competed in all local meets.”

Arcata placed eighth as a team.

In the boys’ portion, Jose Lopez’s 24th place finish (16:26) paced Arcata. The tigers finished 16th as a group.

PHOTO COURTESY OF HEATHER SALOMON

Dustyn Salomon, far left, during the second mile of the CIF State Cross Country Championship.