WAPATO - The District track and field meet at Wapato High School this past Friday night proved to be a pretty good setting for the Mabton High School track and field team.
The Vikes advanced 11 of their 15 athletes competing at the District tournament to Regionals, which is this coming Friday at Central Washington University. The top three placers in each event at Regionals will then qualify for the State tournament.
"I really believe that each of our qualifiers to Regionals has a great shot at making it to State," said Mabton Coach Rob Roettger. "Hopefully, we'll have a good week of practice and qualify several athletes for State."
The following Mabton athletes qualified for Regionals.
The high finish for the day for the Vikes was recorded by Webster Lopez, who won the 3,200-meter run in a season-best time of 10:37.
Moises Gutierrez had a strong afternoon for the Vikings, placing second in the 300 hurdles with clocking of 46.1 seconds. He was also third in the long jump, clearing 18-1.
Daniel Aguilar took third place honors in the long jump with a mark of 14-7-1/4. Teammate Vanessa Gonzalez also took third for the Lady Vikes in the javelin with a throw of 80-11.
Regina Palomarez was fourth in the discus with a throw of 80-10. Also taking fourth for Mabton was Ryan Harris in the triple jump (36-10-1/2). Lupita Gomez had two fourth place finishes for Mabton. Gomez was fourth in the long jump (14-6-1/4) and the triple jump (30-8-1/2).
Mabton's 4x100 relay team of Ozzie Medina, Luis Quintero, Ramon Castillo and Pedro Huecias qualified for Regionals by placing fourth in a time of 49.2.
The Vikes had some athletes that just missed making the mark for Regionals.
Veronica Sustaita was fifth in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 7:20. She was also seventh in the 800 with a clocking of 3:10. Claro Calzada competed in the triple jump, shotput, discus and javelin, but didn't make the cut for Regionals. Yadira Calzada represented Mabton in the shotput, discus and javelin. Robert Marquez took part in the discus and shotput.