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Bickleton advances seven to Regionals

WAPATO - The weather was warm and sunny for the District 5 Championships held this past Friday in Wapato.

Not only was the weather warm and sunny, so were the faces of seven Bickleton High School track team members who performed well enough to advance to Regionals competition.

The top four boy finishers and the top three girl placers at District advance to Regionals in Ellensburg this coming Friday, said Bickleton Coach Darrell Lang.

Claiming dual first place honors for her efforts in the shotput and discus events was Bickleton's Annie Hess. She secured her spot at Regionals with good solid throws, said Lang.

Hess threw the shotput a distance of 36-2-12 and the discus 124-0 on her way to Regionals.

Lady Pirate Corryn Raschko mastered the pole vault at 7-6 for a personal best and first place honors, giving her a slot at Regionals.

Teammate Jerre Meader turned in a third place finish in the 400M with a time of 1:08.23, for a trip to Regionals. Also headed to Regionals will be Stephanie Tucker, who took second place honors in the pole vault with a leap of 6-0. She will also compete at Regionals in the 800M after placing third with a time of 2:55.23, said Lang.

The Bickleton boys track team will be represented at Regionals by senior Karl Jensen, who placed second in shotput and was third in the discus. Jensen, who was recovering from an illness, qualified for Regionals with a throw of 37-9 for second place in the shotput. Jensen then threw the discus 112-9, which was good for a third place finish and a spot at Regionals in that event, said Lang.

The improvement of C.J. Berk in the high jump propelled him into a second place finish and a first time trip to Regionals, Lang added. Berk cleared the high jump at 5-8, which was also a personal best for the young athlete. Berk also qualified in the pole vault with a third place showing at 10 feet.

Bryan Whitmore also picked up a berth at Regionals after securing a fourth place finish in the discus with a throw of 98-1.

This Friday's Regional meet, to be held on the Central Washington University campus field, begins at 3 p.m.

With a good week of practice, Lang hopes to qualify all he can for the State meet to be held in Cheney.

"We need to fine tune our technique and keep a positive mental attitude, so we can be rested and relaxed for the competition," said Lang.

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