ELLENSBURG - The Bickleton High School track and field team qualified three of its members for the State track meet at Eastern Washington University this coming weekend.
Annie Hess led the way for the Lady Pirates this past Friday at the Regional track and field meet in Ellensburg at Central Washington University.
The top four placers in each event qualified for this weekend's State track meet at Eastern's Woodward Field starting Friday.
Hess, Corryn Raschko and Kynzie Arlt will be representing Bickleton in Cheney this weekend.
Hess repeated her mark last year of capturing the Regional title in the discus. Hess set a new school record and had a season best mark in the event with a throw of 134-9. Hess will be vying for the State championship in the discus this Friday at 1 p.m. Hess placed second last year in the discus, missing the championship mark by four inches. Bickleton Coach Darrell Lang said Hess will have to contend with Ruth Whihelm of Cresent in the discus
"It will most likely come down to those two for the title," said Lang. "Annie has been very consistent this year with steady improvement in the discus.
Hess also qualified for State in the shotput after placing second at Regionals with a toss of 35-2-1/2. Hess just missed going to State last year in the shotput.
"She is looking forward to a top finish this year," said Lang. "She has thrown good enough to also contend for the shot title."
Arlt earned a berth to State by winning the Regional title in the pole vault. Arlt set a season best and new Bickleton school record by clearing 8-6. Lang said there is a girl from DeSales hitting 9-6, but he feels Arlt can challenge that mark. Raschko hit 7-0 in the pole vault, qualifying for state. She placed fourth at Regionals.
Bickleton also had several other competitors at the Regional track meet held last Friday.
Karl Jensen just missed out on going to State in the shotput with his mark of 39-8, placing fifth. He was also sixth in the discus with a throw of 109-9. Lang said Jensen was hampered by illness and missed practice two weeks prior to Regionals.
C.J. Berk had two fifth place finishes for Bickleton with his 5-6 in the high jump and he cleared 9-6 in the pole vault.
Stephanie Tucker also nabbed two fifth place finishes at Regionals. She was fifth in the pole vault with a mark of 6-0. She also took eighth in the 800-meter run with a clocking of 2:58.
Jerre Maeder took seventh in the 400 with a time of 1:10.
Bryan Whitmore was seventh in the discus with a mark of 109-5.
"Jerre and Stephanie both had very good first year seasons with improvement in their respective events," said Lang.