COWICHE - Bickleton's Danielle Raschko earned two first place finishes at a Highland meet this past Thursday.
Raschko placed first in the 3,200 meter run, clocking in at 13:38, and first in the 800 meter, clocking in at 2:59.
According to Coach Darrell Lang, the weather turned from absolutely beautiful to windy and cold, challenging Bickleton's runners.
That wasn't the only challenge. The Pirates just returned from spring break and the focus in practice has been all about "getting back into routine."
For two Pirates, perhaps spring break was just the refresher they needed. Both James Rasmussen and Tricia McBride earned their first ever victories.
Rassmussen threw the javelin 118-6 for his first place effort and McBride catapulted 6-6 in the pole vault for hers.
Bickleton's Patrick Maeder also claimed first place honors in the pole vault, vaulting 9-6. Maeder earned second place honors in the 400 meter dash as well, clocking in at 1:03.40.
In the 4x400 relay, Rasmussen, Maeder, Dillon Clingon and Orion Yosele ran to a second place finish, clocking in at 4:30.
Junior Hernandez earned two second place finishes for Bickleton, clocking in at 11:31 in the 3,200 meter run and 5:14 in the 1,600 meter run.
Teammate Eric Hess claimed first place honors in the discus, throwing 122-8 and second place honors in the shotput, throwing 43-1.
Nakai Kibby earned second place honors in the girls' shot-put, throwing 27-6.
Bickleton's 4x100 meter relay team comprised of Raschko, Phylicia Pearson, Chelsey Mercer and Johanna Jensen overcame a bad pass to claim second place honors. The team clocked in at 2:11.20. With his eye on State, Lange says he believes the team has the potential to clock in under two minutes. "We're looking to improve that time," he said.
Pearson also claimed third place honors in the javelin and high jump. Pearson threw 76-3 and jumped 3-10.
Bickleton's Jensen placed third in the long jump, leaping 12-10.
Teammate Alejandra Molina also claimed third place honors in the discus, throwing 78-2.
Bickleton's regular schedule has been changed and the team next competes on Tuesday, Apr. 17.