ELLENSBURG - Bickleton's Eric Hess and Patrick Maeder earned State berths this past Friday following the Greater Columbia 1B District Championship held in Ellensburg.
"With only one berth to State, the pressure to perform your best was intense. And Eric and Patrick, who both went to State last year, performed their best when it counted," said Coach Darrell Lang.
Hess won the discus by more than 10 feet, throwing 132-6. This is a personal record for Hess, who's now leads all class B competitors in the state. Hess also earned a state berth in the shotput, throwing 44-10, and he leads the 1B throwers in that event as well.
"It could be a real big two days for Eric at State, as he is the favorite in both events. But he knows more than anyone you must stay poised and focused at big meets to do your best," Lang said.
Maeder went into District pole vault competition knowing that he was up against Trout Lake's Luke Larson, who won the event at the league championships last week by pole vaulting 12 feet. At Friday's competition, Larson failed to clear 11 feet, but did clear the way for Maeder's first place catapult at 11-3, a personal record.
"According to the best information that I have, (Larson) and Patrick were leading the state in that event, thus Patrick could be vaulting next week for a State championship," Lang said.
Maeder also earned third place honors in the 200-meter, clocking in at 26.1.
Several Pirates inched towards State berths, but walked away with second place finishes. Only the top finishers at District advance to State.
Danielle Raschko earned second place honors for Bickleton in the 400-meter and 3,200-meter, clocking in at 1:11.2 and 13:26.5, respectively.
Teammate Junior Hernandez earned second place finishes in the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs, clocking in at 5:10 and 11:15.
Lady Pirate Tricia McBride catapulted 6-6 in the pole vault for second place honors. Teammate Johanna Jensen earned second place in the long jump, leaping 13-10.
Phylicia Pearson leapt 4-2 in the high jump for a second place finish.
Orion Yoesle earned third place honors in the 3,200-meter run, setting a personal record and clocking in at 12:32.
Lady Pirate Alejandra Molina led in the discus during preliminaries, but was unable to overtake a Trout Lake trackster who threw 95 feet in the finals. Molina's second place throw measured in at 87-4. Molina also earned second place honors in the shotput, throwing 28-4 for Bickleton.
Bickleton's Edgar Molina threw 115 feet in the discus, earning third place honors. In the 400-meter run, he earned a second place finish, clocking in at 1:03.7.
Maeder will compete in Cheney at the State 1B championships Friday morning at 9 a.m. in the pole vault. Hess will throw the discus Friday at noon and will throw the shotput at noon on Saturday.