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Bickleton tracksters compete at Selah JV Invite

SELAH - Several Bickleton throwers and runners fared well Thursday in Selah as the Pirate athletes competed with the junior varsity squads from schools like Davis, Eisenhower, Ellensburg and West Valley.

For the Bickleton boys, Eric Hess recorded two individual event wins. Hess won the shot put with a mark of 40-9. In the discus, Hess also took first with a mark of 108-10.

Bickleton's Tyler Jensen took first place in the triple jump with a distance of 34-5.

Junior Hernandez continued to look impressive in both the 3,200 meter run and the 1,600 meter run. The Pirate eighth grader claimed first place in the 3,200 with a time of 11:35. He also managed a fourth place finish in the 1,600 with a time of 5:19.1.

Hernandez, Jensen, James Rasmussen and Cody Loomis were able to get a second place finish in the 1,600 meter relay with a time of 4:17.

Loomis took second place in two other individual events. Loomis jumped 5-6 in the high jump and went 10 even in the pole vault.

For the girls, Danielle Raschko won the 1,600 with a personal-best time of 6:13.1.

"What can I say about Danielle and Junior?" Coach Darrell Lang asked. "Our two young distance running aces continue to improve and impress me."

Lang said Raschko's time was nearly 20 seconds faster than her previous best.

The girls 1,600 meter relay team of Danielle Raschko, Corryn Raschko, Doni Franklin and Kelli Wilson took second with a time of 5:05.

Alejandra Molina took seventh place in the discus with a PR of 68-7.

"The throwers were a little down on distance, but continue to work hard on strength training and form in practice, and will reap the rewards later in the year," Lang said.

Corryn Raschko managed a fourth place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 26-4, and sixth place in the long jump with a mark of 12-7.

Lang said his team will be down in numbers this coming Saturday because students will be going on Spring Break trips. Bickleton will compete at the Simcoe Invite at Goldendale this Saturday. The meet starts at 11 a.m.

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