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Hess sets invite record with 129-1 discus throw

ROYAL CITY - Bickleton High School senior Annie Hess set a meet record in the girls discus at this past Saturday's Royal City Track & Field Invitational.

Hess recorded a throw of 129 feet, 1 inch in the discus for the new, all-time girls mark at the invite.

"Annie shattered the meet record by over 23 feet," said Bickleton Coach Darrel Lang. "The old mark was just 106 feet.

"She also had a near PR in the shot, which was great since she has been under the weather all week," Lang added.

Hess's heave of 37-5 earned her second place honors in the shot.

Saturday's invite drew a field of 27 schools, featuring teams from the 4A ranks down to class B.

The one other Bickleton trackster to place at the invite was Corryn Raschko. She placed fifth in the girls pole vault with a leap of 7-6.

Lang said Raschko's leap of 7 feet, 6 inches equaled her personal best.

"This was one of the biggest meets that the whole team will attend this year, and it was a first in that regards for many of the younger members," Lang said of his Pirate squad.

For Bickleton's C.J. Berk, the Royal City meet was his first of the season. Berk put up respectable marks in his two jumping events, clearing the high jump bar at 5-6 and the pole vault bar at 9-6.

Lang said several of his Pirates also established pesonal bests in Royal City. They included:

• Bryan Whitmore - 34-7 in the shotput;

• Danielle Raschko - 61-2 in the javelin;

• Jeannette Jarvis - 23-4 in the shotput and 58-5 in the discus;

• Marco Montoya - 16-2 in the long jump;

• Eric Hess - 37-3 in the shotput;

• Alex Whitmore - 116-4 in the javelin;

• Jared Spalding - 6:51 in the 1,600-meters.

Alex Whitmore's throw of 116-4 in the javelin represented the largest margin of improvement for any of the Pirates, as he bettered his old personal best by more than 14 feet.

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