PASCO - The Sunnyside High School track and field team only sent three athletes to the 3A State meet this past weekend in Pasco, but the Grizzlies made their mark just the same.
That's especially true in girls competition.
Sunnyside's Jordyne Jaquish jumped a personal best mark of 17 feet in the long jump to take third place honors. She was bested by only Emily Warman (18-2.25) of Sedro Woolley and Allysa Thompson (17-6.75) of Kamiakin. Jaquish was also 11th in the high jump with a mark of 4-10.
Teammate Claire Schilperoort placed in both of her events for the Lady Grizzlies, capturing eighth place honors in both the discus (113-1) and in the javelin (120-2). The discus throw was Schilperoort's best of the season.
Jaquish and Schilperoort's combined efforts netted eight team points for Sunnyside, good for 28th out of more than 50 teams competing.
Eastmont captured first place honors in girls competition with 51 points, and North Central topped the boys with 51 points as well.
Sunnyside's Brice Rinehold competed in the discus at State this past weekend and managed to finish 15th (120-5) despite slipping in the throwing ring on his first try.
"It had rained the night before and the throwing ring tends to be a little bit slippery," said Sunnyside Coach Robin Bryson.
Bryson was proud of her trio of athletes representing Sunnyside, especially after the Grizzlies did not qualify anyone for State in 2007.
"All three of them competed really well," she said.
Jaquish, Schilperoort and Rinehold are all seniors, meaning Sunnyside will have to look elsewhere in terms of returning to State.
It helps that the Grizzly trio have set the bar.
"We've got a solid group of kids returning," Bryson commented. "A lot of them got experience at the Regional level."