YAKIMA - Three members of the Sunnyside High School track and field team garnered top finishes yesterday at the 18th annual Eisenhower Track & Field Jamboree.
Tuesday's competition was the season opener for the Grizzly tracksters. A total of eight schools competed at the non-scoring jamboree.
Sunnyside's first place finishers included Fatima Ruelas, Christy Linde and Eric Rinehold.
Ruelas, a junior, edged teammate Vanessa Alvarez by 17 one-hundredth's of a second for top honors in the girls 100-meter dash. Alvarez finished 17 one-hundredth's of a second faster than the third place finisher, East Valley's Tiffany Ostrander. Ruelas also snagged a third place finish in the girls long jump with an effort of 14-8. The top jump was turned in by Shene Davis of Selah (15-6).
Linde captured top honors in the girls 55-meter hurdles. The SHS junior clocked a time of 9.60 seconds, a tenth of a second ahead of runner-up Alisse Gregson of East Valley. Linde, too, had a seventh place finish yesterday in the girls long jump (12-11).
The junior Rinehold claimed his first place finish in the boys javelin. He recorded a throw of 135-2, two inches further than runner-up Jonas Linde, a Sunnyside freshman.
Linde, along with second place honors in the javelin, recorded an eighth place finish in the boys long jump (15-9). The long jump winner was Josh Cecil of Ike (16-11). Sunnyside teammate Jaime Sambrano was sixth in the event with a jump of 16-2.
Cassie Jolliff turned in a pair of fine early season performances for Sunnyside, too. She was second in the girls 300-meter dash with a clocking of 48.20 seconds, eight-tenth's of a second behind Arianna Mohsenian of East Valley. Sunnyside freshman Jordyne Jaquish was third in the race (49.06). Jolliff also claimed runner-up honors in the girls pole vault with a leap of 8-0. The pole vault winner, Sarah Tarango of Ike, cleared the bar at 10-0.
Sunnyside's Luke Schilperoort claimed two top-three performances yesterday. The senior was second in the boys 300-meter dash (38.03), finishing one one-hundredth of a second behind Jordan Wood of Ike. Schilperoort placed third in the boys 100-meter dash with a clocking of 12.04 seconds. Ellensburg's Patrick Rickman won the race with a clocking of 11.62 seconds.
SHS senior Cipriano Meraz and teammate Sterling Scott, only a sophomore, gave the Grizzlies a two-three finish in the boys 1,000-meter run. Robbie Barany of Ike won the distant event with a time of 2:44.10. Meraz clocked a 2:59.44, and Scott a 3:04.14.
Sunnyside's one other third place finisher yesterday was freshman Mathew Santoy. Competing in the boys 600-meter run, Santoy clocked a 1:51.00. Two Eisenhower Cadets finished ahead of him. Right on Santoy's coattails was teammate Gilberto Villalobos, who placed fourth in 1:52.42