PASCO - Jordyne Jaquish was the top finisher for the Sunnyside High School track team during this past Saturday's Pasco Invite.
One of the largest single-day track and field invitationals on the West Coast, the Pasco Invite this past Saturday drew nearly 100 schools from three states and featured more than 1,200 athletes.
Competitors at the meet must reach certain performance marks to participate in the Pasco Invite. Many events featured up to 40 or more athletes.
Jaquish, the school record holder in the girls high jump with a mark of 5-4, reached 5-2 on Saturday to tie for 10th place at Pasco. Kelly McNamee of Ferris won the event with a jump of 5-10. "Jordyne had a good day," said Grizzly Coach Robin Bryson. "She had some close attempts at 5-4."
Jaquish was 17th in the long jump with a mark of 15-6.75.
Claire Schilperoort was the only other Lady Grizzly to compete at the Pasco Invite, and she finished in 15th place in the javelin with a throw of 112-8. "That was a good, solid performance for her," noted Bryson.
Roy Haringa had the highest placing for the Sunnyside boys, taking 13th place in the 300 intermediate hurdles with a season-best time of 42.65. Bryson said the good clocking came despite the fact Haringa clipped the seventh hurdle during the race. "That hurt his momentum considerably," she said, adding that the time is less than half a second from his personal best of 42.2.
Haringa was also 17th in the 110 high hurdles in a time of 16.75.
Despite throwing into a headwind, Sunnyside's Brice Rinehold finished 25th in the javelin with a throw of 151-7.
Gracen Gonzalez was 34th in the 1,600 meters with a season-best time of 4:41.04. "He moved really well through the pack, he ran a good, solid race," Bryson said of Gonzalez's race amidst a pack of 50 runners.
Gonzalez also ran the first leg of Sunnyside's distance medley relay, which finished in a time of 11:46.29 for 27th place. Other team members on the relay foursome were Patrick Watts, Jacob Rogers and Kennedy Sarmiento.
The distance medley is not a State meet event, but Bryson said the event was an opportunity at Pasco for Sunnyside's younger athletes, like sophomores Watts and Sarmiento, to experience competition on a larger stage.
Sarmiento also ran a leg of Sunnyside's 4x400 relay at Pasco, which clocked a time of 3:38.83 for 29th place. Sarmiento was joined on the quartet by Victor Rios, Haringa and Efrain Silva. "They took five seconds off their season best time," said Bryson. "All four of them ran good, solid splits." She added that the time is also better than the team's 4x400 season best mark last year.
"I was pleased with our meet," Bryson said of competing at Pasco. "The experience of going there and being there is the most valuable. That the level of competition is so high, it gets them ready for the postseason."
Speaking of the postseason, the Grizzlies will look to come up with more District qualifying marks during a league meet this Thursday at Kennewick, which will also feature West Valley and Kamiakin.