COWICHE - Bickleton's Alejandra Molina made a tremendous breakthrough at the Highland High School Prom Night Invitational last Friday, not only throwing the discus 104-8 and claiming first place honors over 15 other competitors, but improving her personal record well over 10 feet.
"This was a huge improvement from her previous best of 88-7, as this mark puts her in the Valley best marks for the year," said Coach Darrell Lang, adding that Molina is getting closer and closer to her 115-foot goal.
Molina performed well under pressure, he said. "There were only three throws at this meet, which really put the pressure on all throwers and jumpers," Lang said.
Molina also earned third place honors in the shotput, throwing 29-4.
The Pirates were missing six athletes who were attending the Youth in Government meetings in Olympia all last week.
Bickelton's Danielle Raschko placed fourth in her strongest event, the 3,200-meter run, clocking in at 13:28. Raschko also ran to a seventh place finish in the 800-meter run, clocking in at 2:51.
Junior Hernandez ran the boys 3,200-meter in 10:58, giving Bickleton a sixth place finish.
"Our distance runners (Junior, Danielle and Orion Yoesle) faced a cold and stiff wind all night, but ran well," said Lang. Yoesle finished the 3,200-meter run in 12:59, but didn't place.
Eric Hess, who last week improved on breaking Bickleton's school record in the shotput, placed fourth at Highland invite.
"Eric was in some very good competition from the larger schools, but picked up two places in both of his events (shotput and discus)," Lang said.
Hess threw 43-11 for fourth place honors in the shotput and 127-10 for fifth in the discus.
While he didn't place in the meet, Bickleton's James Rasmussen improved his personal best in the javelin by over two feet.
Bickleton next competes at Prosser this Friday at the Greater Columbia Basin league meet.