YAKIMA - The Mabton High School track team this past Saturday competed at the Riverside Christian Invitational.
"It was a good first meet and I am very encouraged for the rest of the season," said Mabton High School track coach Scott Sexton.
Two third place finishes for Mabton's Sara Vazquez were the highlight of the meet for the Vikings. She ran the 800-meter run in 2:38 and the 1600-meter run in 5:38.
In the girls long jump, Daniela Aguilar of Mabton had a strong jump with 14-10.
"We have a young team this year with only three seniors returning. So, we are looking at a rebuilding this year," commented Sexton.
For the Mabton boys team, Robert Marquez threw 40-2 in the shotput and teammate Moises Gutierrez, looked strong in the long jump with a personal best of 19-1, according to Sexton.
The Viking boys' 4x100-meter relay team, consisting of Andy Rivera, Arnold Pineda, Hector Brambila and Moises Gutierrez finished with a strong showing of 48.6 and Sexton said he looks for them to be strong throughout the year.
"Many of the athletes have only one year of varsity experience and we have a large number of athletes for whom this is their first year of high school track," Sexton said.
The Vikings travel to Ki-Be on Tuesday, March 27.