YAKIMA - Bickleton's Eric Hess earned second and third place honors in the discus and shotput, respectively, at Riverside Christian's Papa Wells Invite in Yakima this past Saturday, throwing three feet past his personal best in the shotput.
Despite only throwing three preliminaries due to having to leave early, Hess earned second place honors in the discus, throwing 121-4.
Hess's third place 44-8 throw in the shotput is considered a "huge improvement," said Coach Darrell Lang.
"We believe in the new B1 school alignment that Eric is, or is probably real close to, being the state leader in both the shot and discus in the classification of small schools," said Lang.
Looking to crack or get close to the 13-minute mark in the 3,200-meter run, Lady Pirate Danielle Raschko narrowly missed the mark by seven seconds, earning second place honors with her time of 13:07.
"Danielle continues to improve on her times as she knocked off 30 seconds off her best time in the 3,200-meter from last year in taking a second place finish in a large field of runners," said Lang.
Returning from a foot injury, Bickleton's Patrick Meader was back on track, catapulting to third place honors in the pole vault at 10 feet. Lang said that Meader also "came very close" to clearing 10-6.
"He really looks a lot stronger this year with lots of room to increase his height," said Lang. "It was a really good first outing for him."
Lady Pirate Alejandra Molena placed fifth in the discus, throwing 86-10. Her brother and fellow Bickleton Pirate Edgar Molina earned sixth place honors in the shotput, throwing 36-4.5, a personal best for him.
"Young, big and strong, Edgar continues to improve every week as he (set personal records) in both of his events," Lang said.
Lang set there were other Bickleton athletes that, while they didn't score, they did set personal records, including senior Chelsey Mercer, who improved her long jump by a foot, leaping to a distance of 11 feet, 9 and a half inches.
Bickleton's Orion Yoesle cracked the six-minute mark in the 1,600-meter race, also setting a personal best at 5:58.
"Phylicia (Pearson cracked) the 80-0 mark in the javelin," added Lang.
The Pirates' next competition will be at Kiona Benton High School this Tuesday.