YAKIMA- Danielle Raschko, a freshman at Bickleton High School, placed first in the 1600-meter, posting her personal best of 6:31, at the Davis Invite at Kumler Field in Yakima this past Thursday.
Raschko was also on the four-man relay team that placed first at the meet. Raschko, along with her sister, Corryn Raschko, Doni Franklin and Tricia McBride finished the 1600 meters in 5:25.
Corryn Raschko placed fifth in the long jump and 400-meter race and fourth in the triple jump. Jeannette Jarvis placed seventh in the shot put with 26-9 1/2, her personal best. Alejandra Molina placed eighth in the shot put.
The Bickleton boys also brought home three firsts.
Eric Hess's throw of 41-2 was good for first place in the shot put, and he threw his personal best, 16-3 in the discus, to garner a first. He placed eighth in the javelin throw.
Junior Hernandez ran the 3200-meter in 11:30.2 to place first in that race. Only an eighth grader, Hernandez is allowed to compete for the varsity because Bickleton is a small school with only 28 high school students.
"Junior paced himself in the first mile and then caught up some 30 meters to win the race, going away with a great final kick. He had a lot left," said Coach Darrell Lang.
The boys' 4 x 400 relay team of Hernandez, Tyler Jensen, Orion Yoesle and Patrick Maeder finished fourth.
Tyler Jensen placed second in the triple jump, with a leap of 35-0, and sixth in the 400-meter run, and Patrick Maeder seventh in the pole vault.
"In a day that saw the Pirates take five firsts and many personal bests, our first official meet was off to a great start to a new season," said Coach Lang.
With those successes behind them, the Pirates faced a wet and cool Saturday at the Toppenish Rotary Invite with 19 teams of AAA to B schools.
"Saturday's meet probably will be the biggest meet of the year for most of our team in terms of number of teams competing," said Lang.
"Corryn hurt her foot on the triple jump and was not able to run the 400m. There were a few PRs on this mostly wet day, but the weather did improve in time for the two-mile and our best runs of the day for Junior and Danielle," said Lang.
"It was only the second time that Junior has run the 3200-meter, and he lowered his time by over 20 seconds, and he ran hard, but very smart, clocking consistent lap times of around 1:24 to take fourth," said Lang.
"Danielle ran the same distance for the first time ever and exceeded my projected lap time in running a respectable 13:58," Lang added.
"The throwers faced a cool and wet morning, which hampered their distance," he added.
Lang said he hopes to have a few more athletes ready to compete in this Thursday's meet with Selah. "But we'll lose some for Saturday's meet in Goldendale, due to spring break trips," he said.