PASCO - Bickleton High School's Annie Hess represented her school well at the nationally known Pasco Invitational held at Edgar Brown Stadium this past Saturday.
Competing along side more than 1,600 high school field and track athletes at the largest one-day event in the nation, Hess brought home second place honors in the discus.
The senior claimed runner-up honors with a throw of 139-2, a distance which improved her personal best, according to Bickleton Coach Darrell Lang.
"Annie was our only competitor at the meet, that has standards for which you must qualify (in order to compete)," Lang explained.
Lang said Hess competed at Pasco last year, but failed to made the finals in either the discus or the shotput.
"But this year was very different," said Lang.
"Annie had a good series of preliminary discus throws, mostly in the mid 130-foot range, which put her in third going into the finals," he explained.
Hess went up against Kaitie Poston of Bonner Ferry, Idaho, who won the event in the preliminaries with a throw of 144-2.
After making a few minor technique corrections, which included throwing at a lower angle, Hess went on to place second, said Lang.
"She was very relaxed throughout the competition and this helped her to concentrate and do her best," Lang added.
But the shotput competition didn't turn out quite as well for the Bickleton senior. She only managed to throw the shotput 34-11, failing to make the finals.
"But after her clutch performance in the discus, no one was really disappointed," Lang said.
He credited much of Hess's success to Coach Tom Whitmore, who has been helping Hess with her throws.
Hess won't compete when Bickleton goes to White Swan this Tuesday, but will be back in action with her teammates at the Mabton High School Invitational set for Thursday.
Lang said the Bickleton track and field squad will be traveling to Hermiston, Ore. this Saturday.