The Healdsburg track team turned in one of its all-time best
performances on Saturday at the North Coast Section Championships
hosted by San Marin High School.
The ³Running Dogs² varsity boys¹ squad finished an outstanding
third overall out of some 25 participating teams. Junior Daniel
Erdman was the top finisher for the Hounds, capturing a first-place
medal in both the shot put and discus. Erdman¹s discus toss of 142¹
7² was a personal best for the season.
Senior Tim Murphy struck gold in the 800-meter race, lowering
his own HHS record to a lightning fast 1:55.12. In one of the most
anticipated match-ups of the day, Murphy edged Lower Lake¹s Mike
Perez by a narrow margin to capture the 800 title.
³Being able to run against Perez definitely gave me extra
motivation to win,² said Murphy. ³I¹m taking it one meet at a time,
but I¹m hoping to get to the State again this year.²
Other MOC qualifiers included: Luke Wilson (shot put), Justin
Bingham (110-hurdles), Claire Frazer (100, 300-hurdles) and Deirdra
Denmon (discus). The boys¹ 4×400 relay team of Bingham, Alex
Taylor, Jesse Webster and Murphy also qualified for the MOC.
All competing athletes at the NCS meet had qualified a week
earlier by virtue of a top-four finish in their respective events
at their league championships. Each was after a top-seven spot at
NCS to move on to this week¹s Meet of Champions at Edwards Stadium
in Berkeley. A top-four finish at the MOC would mean a trip to the
coveted State Track and Field Championships at Cerritos College in
Norwalk on June 2 and 3.
Below are the top Healdsburg finishers from the NCS
Varsity boys team score
1st, Tamalpais, 48; 2nd, Santa Rosa, 47.5; 3rd, Healdsburg,
Varsity boys ‹ individual results
100 ‹ 9th, Phil Lucid (H) 11.50
200 ‹ 10th, Phil Lucid (H) 23.39
800 ‹ 1st, Tim Murphy (H) 1:55.16 (HHS record)
110-hurdles ‹ 4th, Justin Bingham (H) 16.29
4×400-relay ‹ 6th, 3:31.87, Healdsburg, Webster, Bingham,
Taylor, Murphy
Triple jump ‹ 13th, Luke Wilson (H) 38¹ 7²
Shot put ‹ 1st, Daniel Erdman (H) 54¹ 7.25²
Shot put ‹ 4th, Luke Wilson (H) 44¹ 4.25²
Discus ‹ 1st, Daniel Erdman (H) 142¹ 7² (PR)
Varsity girls team score
22nd, Healdsburg
Varsity girls ‹ individual results
400 ‹ 10th, Natalie Cook (H) 63.41
800 ‹ 10th, Maggie Newton-Neal (H) 2:32.91
800 ‹ 13th, Cassidy Reich (H) 2:41.74
3200 ‹ 10th, Sarah Sumpter (H) 12:21
100-hurdles ‹ 6th, Claire Frazer (H) 16.55
300-hurdles ‹ 7th, Claire Frazer (H) 49.65
4×400-relay ‹ 10th, 4:16.20, Healdsburg, Kate Shubert, Natalie
Cook, Newton-Neal, Frazer
Long jump ‹ 12th, Maggie Newton-Neal (H) 14¹ 5.5²
Triple jump ‹ 12th, Roberta Tipo (H) 30¹ 1.25²
Shot put ‹ 14th, Deirdra Denmon (H) 25¹ 10.75²
Discus ‹ 6th, Deirdra Denmon (H) 95¹ 4²

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