KITTITAS - Bickleton's Eric Hess broke a 17-year Pirate school record in the shotput at the Kittitas Invite yesterday (Tuesday), placing second.
"He broke the old mark of 46 feet, which was set in 1990 by Steve Luther," said Coach Darrel Lang of Hess's 46.1.5 throw.
"He had really been improving a lot this year, so we knew it was really just a matter of time," said Lang.
Hess threw 130-3 for first place honors in the discus, his best so far this year.
The invite proved to be a perfect setting for a day of Bickleton personal records.
Freshman Edgar Molena threw 38-11 in the shotput, earning third place honors and a personal record. "He PR'd by almost two feet or more," said Lang.
Molena also set a personal record in the discus, throwing 113-8, earning a third place finish.
"Last week, he was at 106, so he's improved by seven feet in that," Lang said.
Due to WASL testing, only half of Bickleton's team was present Tuesday afternoon.
Bickleton's Orion Yoesle earned third place honors in the 3,200 meter run, clocking in at 13:17 and setting a personal record.
Lady Pirate Nakai Kibby PR'd in the discus, throwing 78-6. In the shotput, she threw 26-10.
Teammate Jeanette Jarvis set a personal record in the discus, throwing 75-3.
Bickleton's Johanna Jensen set a personal record in the long jump, leaping 14-1.5.
Jensen also placed third in the 100 meter, clocking in at 14.9 seconds.
"With all the personal records, I'm glad we went," said Lang.
Bickleton next competes Saturday at Sherman County.