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Graham, Schilperoort spark Grizzly tracksters to win over Prosser boys

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Jonas Linde takes off from the blocks for the Grizzlies in the 400-meter dash. The Grizzly boys won the track meet yesterday at Prosser.

PROSSER - Three wins apiece from Michael Graham and Luke Schilperoort paced the Sunnyside High School boys track and field team to an 82-61 victory over Prosser Thursday afternoon.

On the girls side, despite two victories each from Jordyne Jaquish and Claire Schilperoort, the Lady Grizzly tracksters were upended 78-66 by Prosser.

Yesterday was the first Mid-Valley League dual meet of the season for Sunnyside.

In defeating the Prosser boys, the speedy Schilperoort won both the dash events-the 100 and 200-meter sprints. He clocked a 12.03 in the 100, edging Prosser's Josh Moon by one-quarter of a second. In the 200, Schilperoort won handily. He clocked a time of 24.06 seconds to Moon's time of 25.14.

Schilperoort, too, led a 1-2-3 finish for the Grizzlies in the long jump. His effort of 19 feet, 7 inches bested the runner-up performance of teammate Noe Zamarron by 19 inches. Sunnyside's Jaime Sambrano was third with a leap of 17-7.

Like Schilperoort, Graham was a dynamo for the Grizzlies yesterday, too. His biggest margin of victory came in the 110-meter high hurdles. He hit the tape in 17.60 seconds, more than six seconds ahead of the runner-up, teammate Neil Furan.

Graham also won the 300-meter hurdles event with a clocking of 46.48 seconds. His third win came in the pole vault, where he tied Prosser's Zack Traversie with a vault of 11-0.

The Sunnyside boys also received wins from Cipriano Meraz, Sterling Scott, Jason Aguirre and Zamarron.

Meraz won the 800-meter run, edging his teammate Scott by three-quarter's of a second with a clocking of 2:19.05.

Scott reversed the order of finish on Meraz in the 1,600, winning the race in 5:12.40. Meraz was second in 5:13.35.

Aguirre claimed top honors in the discus with a throw of 124-3. Sunnyside's Casey Smith and Daniel Escobar finished second and third, respectively, with efforts of 115-11 and 115-4.

Zamarron's victory came in the triple jump. His leap was recorded at 36-11. Prosser's Traversie was second with a jump of 35-0.

The only multi-winner for the Prosser boys was Nectaly Barbosa. The Mustang won the 400 (50.35) and the 3,200 (10:44.13).

In the girls events, Jaquish was a double winner for Sunnyside in the triple jump and high jump. She edged teammate Fatima Ruelas by just over three inches in the triple jump with an effort of 31-5. Jaquish was clearly the winner in the high jump with a leap of 5-0. The second place finisher, Prosser's Colleen Wallace, had a jump of 4-10.

Schilperoort won the girls discus and javelin events. She easily bested the field in the discus with a throw of 106-1. The next best throw was 90-2 by Prosser's Liz Poteet. In the javelin, Schilperoort was 13 inches better than teammate Christy Linde with a throw of 95-1. Following Linde's throw of 94-0 was Sunnyside's Carly Dahlstrom in third place with an effort of 86-7.

Dahlstrom, too, secured a victory for Sunnyside in the shotput. She heaved the ball 28 feet-4 inches. Schilperoort was second (27-9) and Sunnyside's Denise Valenzuela was third (27-7).

The one other Sunnyside girls' victory came from Yanet Candido. She circled the track in the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:51.90 for top honors. That was approximately six and a half seconds quicker than the runner-up, Prosser's Roxana Macias.

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