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Kiona-Benton Bears edge Grandview tracksters

BENTON CITY - The Grandview boy's track team lost to Ki-Be by one point, 73-72, during Thursday's league track meet. The Grandview girls also finished second to Ki-Be.

Grandview's Juan Razo ran a season best 11.49 in the 100 meters and a 39.84 in the 300 meter hurdles, breaking his own school record.

Unfortunately, Ki-Be's Holden Leavitt finished ahead of Razo in both events.

Grandview's James Vela won the 400 meter dash. His time of 52.7 seconds was almost a full three seconds better than his nearest competitor. Vela also won the 800 meter run in 2:12.95. Vela also participated on the winning 400 meter relay team and the mile relay.

Brandon Artz extended his dominance in the javelin. He won again, throwing for 154 feet and four inches. Rafael Hernandez finished third in the event. "Hernandez had a huge personal record in the javelin," Grandview Coach Jared Lind said. Hernandez threw the javelin 147-4.

Francisco Valencia finished second to Ki-Be's Holden Leavitt in the 200 meter dash but dropped a second off his time. He finished the race in 23.14 seconds.

Leon Knights of Grandview won the triple jump with a distance of 39-10. Teammate Freddie Rodriguez threw the shot-put the farthest, 41 feet four and one-half inches.

On the ladies side, Anna George won the shot-put event for Grandview. She had a personal record of 33-10. "She has improved in the shot-put almost every meet," Lind added.

Grandview's Chelsey Jones threw the discus 93-10 to take that event for the Greyhounds.

The Grandview girls 800 meter relay team dropped four seconds off their previous best time in the event, finishing in 1:55.12. "We just recently put together a relay team for this event and I am excited to watch this group of girls keep dropping time and become very competitive in the league," Lind said.

The Grandview girls also won the 400 meter relay and the mile relay unopposed.

"Both boys and girls were very competitive and had a lot of personal bests," Lind said. "Unfortunately, we came up short a couple of points of winning the meet. I am looking forward to this Saturday when we compete at the Hermiston Kiwanis meet. We are going to get a chance to run against some of the better athletes in Oregon and Washington."

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