SPOKANE - Junior Jordyne Jaquish came within one placing spot of advancing to the 3A State track and field meet, at this past weekend's Regional meet, staged in Spokane.
Jaquish and 12 other members of the Sunnyside track team competed at Regionals, but all the Grizzlies saw their season come to a close. To advance to State, the competitors needed either a first or second place finish in their respective events.
The junior Jaquish came the closest of all the Grizzlies of moving on. She recorded a third place finish in the girls high jump, recording a leap of 5-0.
"Jordyne was disappointed," said SHS Coach Robin Bryson, noting that Jaquish's season best is 5-4.
Bryson said although the junior won't be advancing to State, Jaquish gained valuable experience at Regionals. "She improved a lot in the high jump this season. She's going to be a force next year."
Sunnyside also received a stellar effort at Regionals from sophomore Teresa Ramos. She sped to a clocking of 5:31.14 in the girls 1,600-meter run, good for fifth place honors. Ramos was only 13 seconds back of the second place finisher.
"That was an outstanding performance by Teresa," said Bryson.
The Lady Grizzlies, who placed eighth overall as a team from the 10-school field at Regionals, notched a fifth place individual finish from junior Claire Schilperoort, as well. Schilperoort, competing in the javelin, threw the spear 120-5, just six feet shy of the second place throw. The top girls javelin throw on the day was a 129-10 effort by Mt. Spokane's Anna Banks.
In the girls shotput, Sunnyside had three competitors. Sophomore Sarah Kilian earned the best finish of the three, placing sixth with a 32-6 effort, which was five feet, one inch behind the winner, Sam Damiano of Mt. Spokane. Senior Carly Dahlstrom of Sunnyside placed seventh in the shot with a throw of 31-10.5, and Schilperoort was ninth with an effort of 31-6.75.
Also competing at State for the Sunnyside girls squad were a pair of freshmen-Audra Hays and Megan Taylor. Hays placed 12th in the 400-meter run with a clocking of 1:06.10. Rachael Johnson of West Valley won the race in 57.85 seconds. Taylor placed 12th in the javelin with a throw of 89-9.
On the boys side at Regionals, juniors Roy Haringa and Brice Rinehold came away with the top finishes for the Grizzlies.
Haringa placed fifth in the 300-meter hurdles and was sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles. In the longer of the two races, Haringa clocked a time of 42.69 seconds in the finals for a fifth place finish. The first and second place finishers in the 300-meter event sped to times of 39.25 and 39.80 seconds. In the 110 HH, Haringa's sixth place time in the finals was 16.52 seconds. Two Spokane runners topped the field with times of 15.22 and 15.51 seconds.
Rinehold came away from Regionals with a fifth place finish in the javelin and was sixth in the discus. In the javelin, Rinehold recorded a throw of 158-7. West Valley's Taylor Tanasse was first (178-9) and a Spokane thrower was second (177-6). Rinehold, in placing sixth in the discus with a throw of 126-1, set a personal best mark. West Valley's Matt Gill won the discus with an effort of 167-9.
Recording a pair of seventh place finishes for Sunnyside was senior Sterling Scott. He set personal bests in both the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs, recording times of 4:35.88 and 9:57.36, respectively.
"Getting under 10 minutes in the 3,200...that was big for Sterling," said Bryson.
Sunnyside freshman Kennedy Sarmiento ran in both hurdles events at Regionals, and earned 10th place honors in the 110-meter race (17.70) and placed 11th in the 300-meter run (44.57).
Gracen Gonzalez of Sunnyside, only a sophomore, notched 12th place finishes in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs. He recorded disappointing times of 4:55.97 and 10:49.44, but to his credit he had been home sick the previous week but still made the trip to Regionals.
Freshman Victor Rios also competed at Regionals for the Sunnyside boys squad. He clocked a time of 12.18 seconds in the 100-meter dash for a 12th place finish. Hanford's Cody Winsor won the sprint in 11.33 seconds.
Overall this past weekend, said Bryson, her Grizzlies fared well at Regionals. She especially singled out her throwers from the girls squad, saying she was pleased with their efforts.
"And our boys, four of the six we took to Regionals scored points," said Bryson. "The two freshman boys that went, the experience they gained will pay off in the long term."
Bryson said only two of the 13 Sunnyside athletes at Regionals were seniors, which equates into a strong group of tracksters returning next season.
"We have a great group of kids out for the team. It will be fun watching them develop," Bryson said.