GOLDENDALE- Wind and cool temperatures didn't chill the enthusiasm of the Mabton Jr./Sr. High School track team last Saturday. The Vikings placed sixth at the Simcoe-Thompson Invitational field and track meet held in Goldendale.
The Mabton boys scored 51 points to place sixth out of 15 teams participating the spring event, according to Rob Roettger, the Vikings coach.
The weather conditions in Goldendale were not optimal for track and field events, Roettger said, noting the athletes faced a steady 20 to 25 mile per hour wind and temperatures barely above 45 degrees.
"I was proud of the effort that our kids gave. Almost everyone improved their times and distances when compared to our first meet held last week in Toppenish," Roettger said.
The Mabton 4X100 relay team of Roy Campos, Pablo Sanchez, Max Ramirez and Manuel Palacios claimed a fourth place finish with a time of 49.31.
The Vikings 4X400 relay team of Marco Pineda, Ryan Harris, Moises Gutierrez and Ozzie Medina earned the fifth place spot with a time of 4:08.
Manuel Palacios claimed a third place finish in the long jump at 17-10-3/4, and a fourth place finish in the 100 meters with a time of 11.74 seconds.
Pablo Sanchez earned a fifth place finish in the long jump at 17-9-3/4, and fourth place in the 200M with a time of 25.12 seconds.
Ryan Harris placed second in the high jump with a final jump of 5-4.
J.C. Navarro was the third place finisher in the high jump with a final jump of 5-4, while Webster Lopez came in third place in the 3200 with a time of 11:39.
The Mabton Lady Vikings earned 17 team points with freshman Daniela Aguilar leading the squad, claiming respectable sowings in a number of events. Aguilar earned fifth place in the 100M with a time of 13.72, fourth place in the 200M with a time of 29.23, and sixth place in the long jump with a distance of 13-1.
Fellow Lady Viking Lupita Gomez was seventh in the long jump with a jump of 12-9.
Also competing at the meet were Mabton's Elva Moreno, who ran the 1600M and threw the discus; and Cassandra Geertsma, who competed in the 100M, 200M and the long jump.