Bearcats win trophies in Blue Heron Redwood Sprints Regatta

EUREKA, Calif. — Blue sky and calm waters made the 20th Annual Blue Heron Redwood Sprints Regatta one of the best in years.

Host team Humboldt State finished second on the day in the women’s standings and third in the overall standings. Willamette University won the Steve Skaggs Memorial Trophy with top overall points of 72 and the Marybeth Shannon Trophy with 41 points on the women’s side.

Cal was the big winner for the men taking home the John Patton Memorial Trophy with 34 points.

“We couldn’t have asked for better weather,” head coach Robin Meiggs said. “I think overall the event went well. We won the races that we expected to and we made a lot of headway in the races we want to win next week.”

In the big event of the day, the women’s varsity eight race, the Jacks were just edged out by Willamette University who finished in 4:57.00, less than two seconds in front of Humboldt who finished in 4:58.95.

“Last week we were at least 10 seconds behind Willamette in the varsity eight and this week we were less than two seconds back, so we feel like we made some major headway there,” Meiggs said.

The Jacks started off the day with a win in the women’s novice eight race, finishing well ahead of Willamette and Cal in a time of 8:02.66. Willamette finished second in 8:11.47.

The only trouble of the day on the 2,000 meter course was in the men’s lightweight four race when Humboldt’s boat was overturned due to a broken rigger. All of the rowers were successfully pulled out of the bay and the boat was towed to shore. That was also the only contested race of the day with Seattle Pacific moving up to second due to lane violations by Cal who dropped to third.

The Jacks also finished second in the women’s second varsity eight in a time of 5:22.71, behind Willamette who rowed to the finish in 5:06.88.

Willamette won the women’s trophy with 41 points, Humboldt came in second with 32 points, Cal was third with 24 points, Seattle Pacific was fourth with 19 points, Oregon was fifth with nine points and Mills College rounded out the field with four points.

In the men’s competition Cal finished first after winning the varsity eight race to end the day, just edging out Willamette.

Cal finished the day with 34 points on the men’s side, Willamette was second with 31 points, Seattle Pacific was third with 11 points, Humboldt was fourth with 10 points and Oregon was fifth with six points.

In the combined standings Willamette finished well ahead of the competition with 72 points, Cal was second with 58 points, HSU was third with 42 points, Seattle Pacific was fourth with 30 points, Oregon was fifth with 15 points and Mills College was sixth with four points.