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Pirates garner five top finishes at Eisenhower meet

YAKIMA - Danielle Raschko and Eric Hess, both Bickleton High School athletes, were two-time winners at this past Tuesday's Eisenhower Track & Field Invitational.

Bickleton's Junior Hernandez also snatched a victory at the invite, which featured athletes from small schools as well as JV athletes from larger schools.

Raschko claimed her wins in the girls 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs. She sped to times of 6:13 and 14:22, respectively, in the two races.

Hess found victory in the boys shot put and discus events. He heaved the shot 41 feet, one-half inch to top all throwers on the day. In the discus, Hess got the platter to fly a distance of 121-4.

In winning the boys 3,200-meter race, Hernandez set a personal best by a full 14 seconds, speeding to a finishing time of 10:54.5.

"He did this without anyone pushing him except himself and the clock," said Bickleton Coach Darrell Lang, explaining that Hernandez adjusted his lap times to keep himself under the 11-minute mark.

In addition to the five first place finishes garnered by Raschko, Hess and Hernandez, Bickleton got a pair of third place efforts from Alejandra Molina. She recorded a distance of 78-0 in the discus. Her shot put mark was unavailable.

The Pirates, too, earned a fourth and a sixth place finish from Doni Franklin. She was fourth in the 400-meter run in a time of 1:19.8 and placed sixth in the long jump with an effort of 10-8.

Other Bickleton athletes who competed Tuesday, and their marks, included:

Tyler Jensen-triple jump (34-7), javelin (104-0), 200-meters (26.5);

OrionYoesle-1,600-meters (6:32);

Jared Spalding-1,600-meters (7:11.6);

Dillon Clingan-shot put (28-6), discus (67-11);

James Rasmussen-javelin (109-1), 800-meters (2:43).

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