PROSSER - In a weekend filled with jazz in this Lower Valley town, the Sunnyside track teams made some music of their own during Saturday's Prosser Invite.
Leading the Grizzly hit parade during the Prosser Jazz Bash weekend was Jordyne Jaquish, who tied a Sunnyside High School record in the girls high jump with a mark of 5-2. Jaquish shares the school's top mark with Angela Ashley, who set the record in 1999.
Based on number of misses, though, Jaquish's 5-2 mark earned her second-place honors at Prosser, topped only by Hanford's Taymussa Miller who hit the same mark.
Sunnyside track coach Robin Bryson said the key for Jaquish to hit the 5-2 mark after so many near misses was keeping her back arched as she sailed over the bar.
And it doesn't appear Jaquish will stop there. "She had a couple of very good attempts at 5-4," Bryson observed.
Jaquish also scored for the Sunnyside girls in her first ever attempt at the 300 hurdles, clocking a time of 52.88 for a fourth-place finish.
Also in girls competition, Sunnyside's Brittany Messmore brought home third-place honors in the 1,600 meter run with a time of 5:40.9. Teammate Teresa Ramos was sixth in the same event with a time of 5:46.96. Sara Vazquez of Mabton was first in the 1,600 with a time of 5:28.96.
Messmore also finished in seventh place in the 800 meters, recording a personal best time of 2:34.42. The event was won by Richland's Annie McDonald in 2:23.19.
Sunnyside's girls 1,600 relay team of Jaquish, Messmore, Ramos and Audra Hays posted a season best mark with a time of 4:35.59 for fifth-place honors.
Hays also tallied points for the Sunnyside cause in the 400 meters, taking fifth place with a time of 1:05.82.
Rounding out Sunnyside's scoring in girls events was Claire Schilperoort, who was third in the discus (106-4) and fifth in the javelin (114-11). Of note in the javelin competition was event winner Courtney Kirkwood of Othello, who recorded a national best of 160-10.5 at the Prosser meet.
As a team, the Lady Grizzlies were seventh in the 18-team invite with 42 points. Richland won the girls team title with 158.5 points.
In boys competition, Sterling Scott recorded the Grizzlies' highest individual placing, with second-place honors in the 3,200 meters. Scott finished in 10:06.29, less than three seconds behind the event winning time of 10:03.56 posted by East Valley's Jeff Knutson. In the same event, Sunnyside's Gracen Gonzalez finished in fifth place with a time of 10:29.75.
Also scoring for the Grizzly cause was Roy Haringa's season best effort of 44 seconds in the 300 meter hurdles, good for fifth place.
Sunnyside was also assured of points in the 110 hurdles with Kennedy Sarmiento's fifth-place finish of 18.10.
Brice Rinehold completed the Grizzly podium presence with a personal best of 122-2.5 in the discus to bring home seventh-place honors. Rinehold's mark topped his previous personal best by a whopping 13 feet.
"All the pieces came together for him," Bryson said of Rinehold's new personal best mark in the discus. "He's always working on those (throwing) events. He's a hard working kid and he's shown some huge improvement over the course of the season."
The Sunnyside boys finished with 21 team points, good for 12th place in the 18-team field. Richland grabbed the top team spot with 98 points.
The Grizzly track teams will be home for the only time this season when they host Kennewick and Hanford this Thursday at 4 p.m.