GOLDENDALE - The Bickleton Pirates persevered at the Simcoe Invite this past Saturday, where both the boys and girls teams claimed third place honors.
Several Bickleton athletes claimed first place finishes in the meet, which saw eight teams competing.
Danielle Raschko ran her way to first place honors in the 3,200 meters, clocking in at 13:30, and the 800 meters, where she clocked in at 2:57.
Bickleton's Eric Hess also earned two first place finishes, in the discus and shotput. Throwing 45-5 in the shotput, Hess exceeded the personal best he set last week by nearly a foot.
"Our school record is 46 feet," said Coach Darrell Lang. "He's closing in on that."
In the discus, Hess threw 122-11, earning first place honors. "The way he's improving is just tremendous," said Lang.
Vaulting with a sore pinkie and sore back, teammate Patrick Maeder earned first place honors in the pole vault, catapulting 11 feet. Lang said Maeder's goal is to make 12-6 by the end of the season. "He's got the potential to do that (this year)," said Lang.
Pirate Edgar Molena earned second place honors and a personal record in the discus, throwing 99-2.
Lady Pirate Alejandra Molena threw 27-7 in the shotput, capturing second place honors.
Bickleton's boys team finished the meet with 67 points, while the girls team finished with 72.
Bickleton next competes at Highland High School on April 10.