YAKIMA - Facing state-caliber opponents, the Sunnyside track team made its mark during the annual Holder Relays, held this past Saturday at Eisenhower High School's Zaepfel Stadium.
Short-handed with some athletes on spring break with their families, the Grizzlies still managed to score some top 10 finishes.
"It was a very competitive event," noted Coach Robin Bryson. "Snohomish, Bellevue, Newport, Woodinville are very competitive at the state level."
Christy Linde led the Lady Grizzlies with a fourth-place finish of 48.54 in the 300 hurdles, not far off the first-place mark of 46.58 set by Woodinville's Jill Erickson.
Linde, a senior, was also 10th in the 100 meters with a time of 13.93.
Sophomore Jordyne Jaquish matched her personal best in the high jump of five feet to take third-place honors in that event. Tina Shoemake of Woodinville recorded a first-place mark of 5-2 in the event. "Jordyne had some good tries at 5-2," Bryson said.
Sunnyside freshman Teresa Ramos was eighth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:43.05. Erin Kearney of Cedarcrest captured first-place honors by recording a time of 2:29.
The Lady Grizzlies scored team points with two different athletes in the long jump. Fatima Ruelas was fourth with a leap of 179.25 meters, followed by Jaquish in fifth-place with a mark of 177.75. Jessica Yates of Snohomish won the event with a mark of 195.50.
The results for the girls long jump, as well as a few other events, were inadvertently scored in meters by event officials, said Bryson.
Sunnyside's Melissa Miller was sixth in the shot put, with a throw of 30-3, and Sarah Kilian captured ninth place in the same event with a mark of 28-4. Selah's Jordan Stueckle won the event with an effort of 36-9.
The Lady Grizzlies' Carly Dahlstrom topped 100 feet in the javelin for the first time, recording a throw of 102-0, to take fifth in the event. Elise Knutzen of Nathan Hale won with a mark of 120-3.
She may have finished out of the scoring, but Sunnyside sophomore Brittany Messmore earned special praise from Bryson for running a 13th-place time of 12:19.97 in the 3,200 meters, her first time running the event.
As a team, the Sunnyside girls finished 15th out of 19 teams with 22.5 points. Host Eisenhower won the event with 120.5 points.
In the boys competition, Sunnyside freshman Damien Ramos was seventh in the freshman/sophomore 100 meters race with a time of 12.33.
The Grizzlies brought home sixth place in the distance medley, recording a time of 11:53.29. The team was comprised of Sterling Scott, Gilberto Villalobos, Garen Gonzalez and Andrew Gonzalez. Snohomish captured first-place in the event with a time of 11:08.
Bryson explained the distance medley is a relay covering approximately two miles. The first athlete on the relay team runs 1,200 meters, the second 400, third 800 and the fourth member of the team runs 1,600 meters.
In other competition, Sunnyside's Blake Coleman captured fifth-place honors in the freshman/sophomore 110 hurdles race with a mark of 19.52. Teammate Roy Haringa was ninth with a time of 20.0. Bellevue's La'Dell Carroll was first in the event with a mark of 17.46.
In an event called the throwing relays, taking the best marks amongst three teammates in the shot put, discus and javelin, Sunnyside strongmen Casey Smith, Eric Rinehold and Brice Rinehold combined to take fifth-place. Bryson said Smith just missed breaking 41 feet in the shot put.
Sunnyside's Jaime Sambrano finished out of the scoring in the triple jump with a 17th-place finish, but Bryson said his leap of 35-2 was his best mark of the season.
As a team, the Grizzly boys were 16th out of 22 teams. Snohomish was the overall winner with 109.5 team points.
Following a JV Invite at Ellensburg on Tuesday, April 11, the Sunnyside varsity track teams will visit Ellensburg on April 13.