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Grizzlies open season at Ike Jamboree

YAKIMA - Jordyne Jaquish and Claire Schilperoort each claimed first and second place honors for the Sunnyside High School track team during this past Saturday's 21st annual Ike Jamboree.

Jaquish was first in the high jump with a mark of 4-10 and second in the 55-meter run with a clocking of 9.6 seconds, a half of a second back of Klickitat's Samantha Brewer.

Schilperoort claimed first-place honors in the discus with a throw of 108 feet. She was second in the javelin with a mark of 111-7. Selah's Kierstin Wilson won the event with a 128-9 effort.

Megan Tyler was sixth for Sunnyside in the javelin with a throw of 89-9, while teammate Sarah Kilian garnered third-place honors in the shot put with a mark of 31-5.25. Jessica Bush of Eisenhower won the event with a throw of 34-6.5.

In other girls competition, Sunnyside Coach Robin Bryson praised the effort by freshman Jocelyn Yanez in recording a second-place time of 1:49.66 in the 600-meter run. "Jocelyn ran a great race for second place," Bryson said of the second-place time that was just six seconds behind the top mark recorded by Neola Putnam of Trout Lake/Glenwood.

Also placing for the Lady Grizzlies was freshman Rica Parramore, who was sixth in the long jump with a leap of 12-1. Megan Kinney of Eisenhower won the event with a jump of 14-2.75.

The Sunnyside boys also had several athletes finish in the top six. They were led by Francisco Navarro Rodriguez and Roy Haringa, who respectively earned top honors in the long jump (18-11) and 60 meter hurdles (9.20).

Earning second-place honors for the Grizzlies was the 4x400 relay quartet of Victor Rios, Haringa, Kennedy Sarmiento and Efrain Silva. The Sunnyside relay team's clocking of 3:43.62 was less than a second behind the winning time posted by Eisenhower's foursome.

"Kennedy Sarmiento ran an outstanding leg on that relay," noted Bryson.

Sunnyside senior Brice Rinehold was second in the javelin with a throw of 155 feet, about six feet short of the first-place mark set by Grant Fish of Moses Lake.

Sunnyside had two athletes place in the 1,000-meter run, as Gracen Gonzalez (2:49.65) and Patrick Watts (2:54.94) finished in third and sixth, respectively. Ike's Ryan Chapman won the event in 2:43.98.

"Patrick (Watts) had a huge improvement over last year," Bryson said of the sophomore.

Sunnyside's Gilberto Villalobos was third in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:35.89. Cody Van De Brake of Ike won the race in 1:27.68.

The Grizzlies also had two runners finish back-to-back among the top six in the 100-meter dash, as Sarmiento (12.29) and Rios (12.34) were fourth and fifth, respectively. Brett Blanshan of Selah won the race in 11.6.

"I was very pleased," Bryson said of Sunnyside's overall effort at Ike. "It was a chance to compete for the first time out."

Sunnyside's tracksters hit the oval again this Thursday, March 20, to face West Valley, Davis and Eisenhower at Ike's home track.

Bryson said the goal now is for each of Sunnyside's athletes to show continued improvement, leading up to postseason meets.

"The whole focus is to be able to run your best performance at the end of the year."

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