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Pirate tracksters excel

BENTON CITY - Four Bickleton Pirates claimed first place honors at a four-team, non-scoring meet at Kiona-Benton this past Tuesday.

"A small four-way meet but with big results is how I would describe our day in Benton City," said Coach Darrell Lang.

Pole vaulter Eric Meader garnered a personal record in tandem with his first place finish, propelling one foot higher than ever before at 11 feet with his first ever first place effort.

Bickleton teammate Alejandra Molena earned first place honors in both of her events, throwing 86-7 in the discus and 28-11 in the shot.

"Alejandra was a double winner for the first time in her career, as all of the throwers had a great day," Lang said.

Bickleton thrower Eric Hess earned first place honors in the shotput, throwing 44-7. His 125-0 throw in the discus earned him second place honors.

Bickleton runner Danielle Raschko's 13:13.5 clocking in the 3,200-meter run earned her a first place finish. Her 6:21.2 clocking in the 1,600-meter run earned her third place honors.

"Danielle had a hard day, as she doubled running the 3,200 meter and then the 1,600 just about 30 minutes later, but managed a first and third (place)," Lang said.

Lady Pirate Johanna Jensen earned two second place finishes at the meet in the long jump and 4x200 relay.

Bickleton's Nakai Kibby earned second place honors in the pole vault, catapulting 6-6.

Lang said, "We picked up five first place finishes, six (second place finishes) and seven personal records. Not bad, considering we were in 32 degree wind chill for practice on Monday."

Bickleton's next meet is this Saturday in Goldendale at the Simcoe Invite.

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