PULLMAN - The Grandview High School boys track and field team snagged several top-eight placings at the State competition held at Eastern Washington University this past weekend, but it wasn't quite enough to medal as a team.
"We were only 3-1/2 or four points away from finishing seventh, which would have gotten us a team medal," said Grandview Coach Jared Lind.
Bringing home the highest honors was Cordero Cisneros, who placed second in the 800-meter event with a clocking of 1:57.68.
"That time beat his own school record," said Lind.
Cisneros also placed fourth in the 400, said Lind, noting that he set a personal record of 51.01 in the event.
"Cordi by himself scored 13 of our points," said Lind.
Also medaling was Cody McMillan, who placed third in the discus event, with an effort that exceeded 152 feet.
"He went from seventh to third in his last throw," said Lind.
Bringing home three medals for Grandview was sophomore Juan Razo, who ran some last year, but was unable to complete the 2004 season because of a bad ankle.
Razo, who has only run hurdles for 12 weeks, placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles, clocking a time of 41.21.
Taking a couple of bad hurdles, Lind said the time wasn't Razo's best, but was able to pull out a placing.
Razo was also a member of the 4x100 relay team, which placed fifth with a clocking of 45.01.
"They had one bad hand-off, otherwise we would have done better," said Lind.
Also competing in the event was McMillan, James Vela and Silas Hansen.
"I was amazed at how fast Hansen looked," said Lind. "He got us a lead right off."
Razo and Villa were also members of the 4x400 relay team, which placed seventh. Also on the team were Cisneros and freshman Jordan Murataya.
"It's amazing to see a freshman on a 4x400 team that fast," said Lind.
The only girl from Grandview to medal at State was Akane Tomizawa, who placed sixth in the pole vault, according to Lind.
Other competitors, including runner Britnee Sanchez and triple jumper Kealey Johnston and the 4x400 relay team made up of Johnston, Sanchez, Tohnya Wysong and Kara Stanton, didn't make the finals, but Lind said the competition made them hungry for a title.