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Five Grizzlies bring home 1st place finishes

WEST RICHLAND - At yesterday's track invite at Hanford High School, a five-school non-scoring affair, Sunnyside won three of the 17 boys events. On the girls side, the Lady Grizzlies were victorious in two of the 17 events.

Sunnyside's first place finishers in the boys events included Luke Schilperoort, Cipriano Meraz and Daniel Escobar.

Schilperoort sped to a clocking of 23.4 seconds in the 200-meter dash to best the field. He finished half a second ahead of both Patrick Spanner of Hanford and Matt Snell of East Valley. Schilperoort also claimed a third place finish in the 100 with a clocking of 11.6 seconds. The winner in the short dash, Snell, hit the wire in 11.4 seconds.

Meraz claimed his victory in the 800-meter run. He posted a time of 2:16.4. The runner-up, Hanford's Tommy Bryan, finished in 2:16.9.

Escobar had the top throw in the discus. He lofted the plate a total distance of 125-3.

Sunnyside had two other "top three" finishes, as well, in the boys events. Jason Aguirre, 17 inches back of Escobar's winning throw, placed second in the discus (123-10), and Sterling Scott was third in the 3,200-meter run (10:45.8). Scott came in 12 seconds behind the winner, Cameron Brulotte of East Valley (10:33.7).

The two Sunnyside winners in the girls events were Cassie Jolliff and Claire Schilperoort.

Jolliff recorded a leap of 7-5 in the pole vault to earn her top finish. She also clocked a time of 53.5 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles for a runner-up showing. The hurdles winner was Alisse Gregson of East Valley (50.4).

Schilperoort won the girls discus. She set the best throw with an effort of 92-11. The next best throw was 92-3, set by Ki-Be's Alecia McClain.

Fatima Ruelas of Sunnyside didn't bring home the gold yesterday, but she had a successful outing, nonetheless. Ruelas was second in the 200 with a clocking of 27.8 seconds, one full second behind Mel Guthrie of Hanford. Ruelas also managed a pair of third place finishes in the long jump (14-6) and triple jump (29-1). The girls long jump winner was Kelli Hostetler of Hanford (15-2). The girls triple jump winner was Brittnee Lee of East Valley (30-7).

Teammate Jordyne Jaquish was second in the long jump (14-10), behind Hanford's Hostetler (15-2). Jaquish, too, had a third place showing in the high jump (4-8). The top high jumper yesterday was Kiona-Benton's Britney Bond (4-11).

The two other "top three" finishers for the Sunnyside girls were Yanet Candido in the 800 (2:43.7) and D. Valenzuela in the shotput (30-4). Candido finished seven and a half seconds behind Anne Staeheli of Hanford (2:36.2). The girls shot winner was Ki-Be's McClain (33-1).

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