PROSSER - Sunnyside's Yanet Candido brought home the 3,200-meter girls title from the Mid-Valley League District track and field meet staged in Prosser last Friday.
Candido's victory was the lone first place finish for either the Sunnyside girls or boys teams at District.
Sunnyside's girls placed fourth in the seven-school field with 76 and a half points. The Grizzly boys, whose top finish was Jason Aguirre's third place effort in the discus, managed just 37 team points and placed last.
West Valley led the way in both the boys and girls team scoring.
West Valley's boys tallied 166 points, with runner-up Ellensburg a close second with 151 points. The Hanford boys weren't far back with 143 and a half points. The fourth through seventh place finishing boys teams were Prosser (63), Selah (51), Wapato (40) and Sunnyside (37).
On the girls side, the Rams accumulated a meet best 209 points. Hanford and Ellensburg were a distant second and third, respectively, with 124 and 122 points. The fourth through seventh place finishing girls teams were Sunnyside (76-1/2), Prosser (73-1/2), Selah (70) and Wapato (12).
The top seven individual finishers in each event at Friday's District meet qualify to move on to the Regional competition, which will be held in Spokane this coming Friday and Saturday. From Regionals, the top two finishers in each event will qualify for the State meet, which will be staged in Pasco this year.
Candido, in winning the girls 3,200, easily eclipsed the field. A junior and a first year track team member, she was the lone runner to come in under 13 minutes, clocking a race best 12:55.68. West Valley's Katie Carlos, the runner-up, was nearly 10 seconds back of Candido, finishing in 13:04.17.
Sunnyside Coach Robin Bryson said Candido has run as fast as 12:43 this season in the 3,200, but last Friday the game plan was for her to run a conservative race. It was the first time this season she has competed in both the 3,200 and 1,600 in a single meet, and the longer race was the second of the two staged last Friday.
In the 1,600. Candido clocked a personal best 5:33.17, which was just eight-tenths of a second back of second place finishing Anne Staeheli of Hanford. West Valley's Stephane Shuel won the 1,600 in a time of 5:27.06. Candido's District time in the 1,600 was 14 seconds better than her previous best.
Sunnyside's Fatima Ruelas was a four-time qualifier for Regionals. Ruelas ran to a third place finish in the girls 400, placed fourth in the triple jump and came in sixth in the long jump. In the 400, Ruelas sped to a third best clocking of 1:03.58. The winner, West Valley's Rachael Johnson, circled the oval in 1:00.88. Ruelas recorded a leap of 33-1-3/4 in the triple jump, a hair over three feet behind the winning 36-3 triple jump of Ellensburg's Kayla Standish. Ruelas' sixth place effort in the long jump, a 15-5-1/4 performance, was well back of the winning 18-1 jump of Hanford's Kasey Hostetler.
The fourth event Ruelas will advance to Regionals in is the girls 4x200 relay. She teamed with Cassie Jolliff, Vanessa Alvarez and Jordyne Jaquish for a fourth place finish (1:53.13). The winning relay squad from West Valley clocked a 1:47.66.
The Lady Grizzlies have a three-time qualifier for Regionals in Christy Linde. Her best performance at District came in the girls triple jump, recording a third best jump of 34-1-3/4. That bested her own Sunnyside school record in the event. Linde, too, was fourth in the 100-meter hurdles. She ran to a finish of 16.34 seconds, about nine-tenths of a second back of Standish from Ellensburg, the winner. In the 300-meter hurdles, Linde garnered a seventh place finish with a clocking of 53.29. The winner was Robyn Robblee of Ellensburg (48.54).
Aguirre brought home the Sunnyside boys' best finish at the District meet with his third place effort in the discus. He got the platter to fly 121 feet, 2 inches. The only athletes to top him were West Valley's Matt Gill (125-2) and Ellensburg's Brody Faire (137-5).
Sunnyside's girls had third place finishes, as well, from Carly Dahlstrom and Jordyne Jaquish.
Dahlstrom was third in the javelin with a throw of 111-2, which bested the Sunnyside High School all-time girls record. Lynnea Braun of West Valley was first (139-8). Dahlstrom, too, was fifth in the shotput with a heave of 31-2/1/2. Karen Chase of West Valley was first (41-7).
Jaquish earned her third place finish in the high jump, tying with Standish with an identical leap of 5-0. The winning girls high jumper was Ambria Brantner of West Valley (5-2). Jaquish also managed a seventh place finish in the long jump (15-3-1/4).
Bryson said she was pleased with the effort of her girls squad, noting that 10 of the 11 girls who competed at District earned team points. "It was a true team effort," she said.
The other Regional qualifiers from Sunnyside included:
• Claire Schilperoort - 4th in the discus (102-1) and 5th in the javelin (99-9).
• Noe Zamarron - 4th in the triple jump (39-3-3/4) and 7th in the 100 (11.87).
• Sterling Scott - 7th in the 3,200 (10:45.65).
• Luke Schilperoort - 4th in the long jump (19-9) and 4th in the 400 (52.87).
• Michael Graham - 6th in the pole vault (12-0).
• Eric Sarmiento - 6th in the 400 (54.81).
• Cipriano Meraz - 7th in the 1,600 (4:51.66).