YAKIMA - Karl Jensen and Annie Hess powered the Bickleton High School track and field team to a solid showing at Saturday's Cadet Invite, hosted by Eisenhower High School.
Team scores were not computed at Saturday's invite.
Jensen had the top discus throw of the day, sailing the plate 130 feet, one and a half inches. He also earned a seventh place finish in the shotput with a heave of 38-6. Both efforts by Jensen were personal records.
Bickleton Coach Darrell Lang said Jensen's first place finish in the discus was particularly impressive, considering the Class 'B' Pirates were competing against much larger schools.
Hess picked up a pair of runner-up finishes for the Pirates. She was second in the shotput with a throw of 33-8, and had the second best performance on the day in the discus with a throw of 114-1.
Lang said both performances by Hess were good marks for early in the season.
Bickleton's Kynzie Arlt also enjoyed a successful outing Saturday. Arlt placed fourth overall in the pole vault with a leap of 8-0, and was fifth in the long jump with a 13-6 effort. Arlt also competed in the 200-meter run, but her 30:45 clocking didn't earn her a "top eight" placing.
C.J. Berk of Bickleton, in his first ever high school track competition, cleared the pole vault bar at 10-0 to earn fourth place honors. He also ran the 400-meter sprint, but didn't place with his time of 1:06.5.
The three other Pirates to place at the Cadet Invite were Corryn Raschko, Stephanie Tucker and Jerre Maeder.
Maeder's 1:09.37 clocking in the 400 meters, good for the girls seventh fastest time of the day, "...shows good promise for her in the running events this year," said Lang.
Maeder also competed in the high jump, clearing the bar at 4-2.
Tucker, a freshman like Maeder, overcame some jitters to place eighth in the pole vault, said Lang. Tucker cleared the bar at 5-6. Tucker, too, competed in the 800-meter run, clocking a 3:04.99.
Raschko was just six inches short of her personal best in the pole vault, clearing 6-6 to earn a seventh place finish. She also was entered in the discus (55-11).
Also competing for the Pirates this past Saturday were Zach McBride (pole vault 9-6 and 800 meters 2:30.9), and Kris McBride (pole vault 8-0 and javelin 76-1).
"All in all, it was a very good start to the season, as we are ahead in some events but working out the kinks in others," said Lang.
"I expect the pole vaulters to see steady improvement as their techniques improve.
"The throwers are probably ahead of the other events, with the runners needing more conditioning," he added.
Bickleton's track team is scheduled to travel to Goldendale this coming Saturday, March 27, for the Simcoe Invitational.