PASCO - The six Sunnyside girls who trekked to the Pasco Track & Field Invitational this past Saturday got a taste of just how fierce the competition can be. The invite only lets in those athletes who have recorded qualifying marks.
"A lot of schools attend this meet," said Sunnyside High School Coach Robin Bryson.
"For a lot of our girls, this was their first time competing there. It's a good experience," Bryson added, explaining that the invite not only offers quality competition, but also is set up much the same way as the State meet is.
Of the six Grizzly tracksters who competed in Pasco, none came away with placing medals, although a couple of the Sunnyside girls set fair marks.
Fatima Ruelas, competing in the long jump for Sunnyside, set a distance of 15 feet, 7 inches. The winning jump was 18-7 1/2.
Sunnyside's Christy Linde recorded a clocking of 16.21 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles. The fastest time at the Pasco invite was 14.43 seconds.
Cassie Jolliff of Sunnyside cleared the bar at 8 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault. The top effort for the girls at the meet was 11-3.
Teammate Claire Schilperoort competed in two events. Oddly, the Sunnyside freshman had identical throws of 87-0 in both the javelin and discus. The top javelin throw for girls at the meet was 138-8. The winning discus throw was 144-2.
Freshman Jordyne Jaquish represented the Lady Grizzlies in the high jump, but couldn't make the opening height of 4-8.
The one other event Sunnyside competed in was the 4x200 relay. The foursome of Jaquish, Jolliff, Ruelas and Vanessa Alvarez clocked a time of 1:54.41. The winning time was 1:44.94.
The Sunnyside High School boys and girls track squads will host West Valley and Hanford this coming Thursday. The local meet is scheduled to get underway at 3:15 p.m. The Grizzly tracksters will then travel to Prosser this coming Saturday to compete at the Mustang invite.