YAKIMA - Collectively, the trio of Daniel Escobar, Jason Aguirre and Eric Rinehold turned in the third best effort in the discus relay at last Saturday's 31st annual Don Holder Invitational Track & Field Meet, hosted by the Eisenhower Cadets.
The three Sunnyside teens had an aggregate throw of 350 feet even. The winning discus relay mark was 361-3, claimed by Ellensburg's Brody Faire, Tyler Gordon and Tyler Bender. A Newport High School threesome placed second with a collective throw of 351-5.
The third place performance of Escobar, Aguirre and Rinehold, Sunnyside's best showing on the day, earned the Grizzly boys team six team points.
All told Saturday, the Sunnyside boys tallied just 15 points at the invite. That gave them a 12th place finish from the 19-school field. The host Cadets won the boys team title with 105 points. Ellensburg's boys were second with 76 points, with Newport a close third with 71.
Escobar, a senior, had the best throw of the three Grizzlies in the discus relay. He got the platter to fly 122-11. That was the third best individual throw of the day, behind the 140-10 posted by Ike's Matt Snodgress and the 145-7 claimed by Faire of Ellensburg. Aguirre had a throw of 121-1, and Rinehold posted a mark of 106-0.
The Sunnyside boys top point earner at the invite was senior Luke Schilperoort. He snared a pair of fifth place finishes. The first came in the 100-meter dash finals, where he clocked a time of 11.78 seconds. The winning time was 11.55 seconds, set by Ellensburg's Patrick Rickman. Schilperoort also had a fifth place finish in the 400 with a clocking of 54.02 seconds. The winning time was 52.40, set by Newport's Tim Reeve.
Schilperoort, too, shared fourth place honors in the long jump relay with Grizzly teammates Noe Zamarron and Jaime Sambrano. Together, the three set an aggregate mark of 53 feet, 2 and a half inches. Schilperoort's long jump mark of 18-8 1/2 was the best of the three. Zamarron added an effort of 17-10 1/2, and Sambrano made 16-7 1/2. Newport won the boys long jump relay (57-1), and Josh Larson of Bellingham had the top individual jump (19-10).
The one other member of the Sunnyside boys squad to earn team points was junior Michael Graham. He placed sixth in the pole vault with a leap of 10-6. The top pole vault mark on the day was 13-6, set by Interlake's Ryan Vu and Selah's Michael Blanchard and Cody Skipton.
On the girls side Saturday, Sunnyside tied for 14th place honors with 8 points. Abbotsford High School won the girls team title with 94 points. Ellensburg was second with 62 points and West Valley placed third with 51.
The top finish for the Sunnyside girls was a fourth place showing, that coming in the high jump. Freshman Jordyne Jaquish cleared the bar at 4-8 to earn the fourth place finish for the Lady Grizzlies. Two girls shared the best high jump mark on the day at 5-0, Woodinville's Tina Shoemaker and Abbotsford's Jourdan Schmidt.
Junior Fatima Ruelas was the second of the Sunnyside girls to earn team points for the Lady Grizzlies. She placed fifth in the 100 dash with a clocking of 14.00 seconds in the finals. The winner, Shene Davis of Selah, clocked a time of 13.55 seconds.
The only other team points earned by the Sunnyside girls came in the discus relay. Placing fifth with an aggregate throw of 233-4 were freshman Claire Schilperoort, sophomore Carly Dahlstrom and sophomore Maria Ramirez. Schilperoort had the best throw of the three with her effort of 89-1. Dahlstrom had a mark of 72-6 and Ramirez's throw was 71-9.