YAKIMA - There were plenty of positive signs for the Sunnyside boys and girls track programs during last Saturday's season opening track jamboree at Eisenhower High School.
"Across the board we had a lot of really good performances," said Coach Robin Bryson.
In girls competition, Teresa Ramos recorded a first-place time of 1:50.31 in the 600-meter run for Sunnyside, and teammate Jordyne Jaquish brought home top honors in the high jump with a mark of five feet.
Jaquish narrowly missed a couple of attempts at tying her personal best of 5-2 in the high jump. "She didn't make it, but for her to start off at five feet at the beginning of the season is very good," Bryson said of the junior.
Other strong performances included a second and third-place finish in the shot put for Sunnyside's Carly Dahlstrom and Sarah Kilian, respectively. Dahlstrom threw for a distance of 31-1.50, with Kilian close behind at 30-2.
Also, Brittany Messmore earned second-place honors in the 1,000-meter run for Sunnyside with a time of 3:29.81
In boys competition, Roy Haringa earned first-place honors for the Grizzlies in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.57. Close behind the junior was Sunnyside freshman Kennedy Sarmiento in second place at 9.87.
Sunnyside also grabbed a one-two finish in the long jump, where Jaime Sambrano was first with a leap of 17-6.75, followed by teammate Jonas Linde with a mark of 16-4.
The Grizzlies had a couple of near misses, as Gracen Gonzalez brought home second-place honors in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:53.92.
Brice Rinehold also finished second for the Grizzlies, recording a personal best in the javelin with a throw of 148-3, just an inch off the winning distance recorded by Moses Lake's Grant Fish.
"We're young, but we've got quite a bit of talent," Bryson said in evaluating her team's performance. "If the athletes stay focused we should see a lot of improvement over the season."