Ellensburg girls eke out victory over Lady Grizzlies


Michael Graham (second from right) glides over a hurdle in one of the races yesterday for the Sunnyside High School boys track team.

Two wins apiece by Yanet Candido and Fatima Ruelas weren't enough to jettison the Sunnyside High School girls track and field team past visiting Ellensburg yesterday.

The Ellensburg girls, picking up three wins from Denise Cresse in the discus, shotput and javelin, squeaked out a 78-64 victory against the Lady Grizzlies.

In the boys competition, Sunnyside won just three of the 17 events while absorbing a 108-37 defeat. The Grizzlies' only wins came from Sterling Scott, Noe Zamarron and Michael Graham.

Sunnyside's girls were victorious in seven of the 17 events.

Candido earned first place finishes in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs. In the shorter of the two races, she posted a time of 6:08.0, seven seconds quicker than the runner-up from Ellensburg. In the 3,200, Candido clipped along at a 12:43.8 pace.

Ruelas got her two victories in the 200-meter dash and long jump. In the sprint, she hit the tape in 27.7 seconds, three-tenths of a second faster than Ellensburg's Jennifer Hagson. Ruelas won the long jump with an effort of 15 feet, six and three-quarter inches. That was only about two inches further than the jump of teammate Jordyne Jaquish, the runner-up.

Ruelas, too, ran the third leg on the winning 800-meter relay squad. Teaming with Cassie Jolliff, Jaquish and Christy Linde, the foursome sped to a clocking of 1:53.5. That was nearly six seconds quicker than the team from Ellensburg.

Linde and Jolliff were Sunnyside's two other girls winners yesterday.

Linde captured top honors in the 300-meter low hurdles. She crossed the finish line in 51.2 seconds, 3.2 seconds ahead of Ellensburg's Michelle Pratt, who placed second. Linde, too, earned a pair of second place finishes. In the triple jump, she turned in a 33-6 performance. Only Ellensburg's Standish finished ahead of her, with an effort of 35-8. Linde was second in the 100-meter intermediate hurdles with a clocking of 16.8 seconds. Standish placed first in a time of 15.8 seconds.

Jolliff was the girls pole vault winner. She cleared the bar at 9-0. Jolliff also had a third place showing in the 400-meter run, clocking a 1:09.4. Ellensburg's Sloan won the race in a time of 1:06.1.

In the boys competition, Scott picked up one of three Sunnyside wins in the 3,200-meter race. He clocked a time of 11:18.2, three and a half seconds quicker than a Bulldog runner.

The second of the Sunnyside boys' wins was secured by Zamarron. He turned in a 39-0 showing in the triple jump, more than two and a half feet longer than the runner-up from Ellensburg.

Graham had the only other Grizzly victory on the day. He cleared the pole vault bar at 12-6. Will Ferrell of Ellensburg was second with a leap of 11-6.


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