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Bickleton freshman top pole vaulter at Yakima invite

YAKIMA - Bickleton High School tracksters traveled to the Papa Wells Invite in Yakima this past Saturday, squaring off against 23 other schools.

"We were able to break through and get some high places and establish some new (personal records)," said Bickleton Coach Darrell Lang.

Bickleton freshman Star Kibby placed first in the pole vault, catapulting 8' 3" in her first high school track meet.

"Star had a great day, considering we had limited pole vault practice during the week...," said Lang.

Bickleton's Eric Hess earned second and third place honors in the discus and shotput. In the discus, he set a personal record, throwing 138'1". Said Lang, "Eric continues to improve each week and has his eyes set on the 140' mark." In the shotput, Hess threw 44'7.5" for the third place finish. He also tied for fourth in the high jump, leaping 5'6".

Teammate Edgar Molena placed fourth in the discus, throwing 130'5".

Patrick Maeder placed third in the pole vault, vaulting 11'6". Lang said, "(He) had another strong vaulting day, just missing the 12' barrier, but establishing a new (personal record)." Lang described the third place vault as "gravy," adding that Maeder didn't practice the pole vault all week due to inclement weather and a sore arm.

Andrew Venema placed fourth for Bickleton in the high jump at 5'6".

Lady Pirate Alejandra Molena threw the discus 99' for a fifth place finish. Teammate Katelynn Clinton placed sixth in the high jump, 4' 8".

The next meet for Bickleton is this Tuesday at Benton City, but the seniors will not compete as it's senior project presentation night at Bickleton. All the Pirates should compete this Saturday at Goldendale for the Simcoe Invite.

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