WENATCHEE - Sunnyside High School junior Kennedy Sarmiento picked up the lone individual victory on the day for the Grizzly track and field team at a four-school Big Nine Conference meet staged in Wenatchee Thursday afternoon.
Competing in the boys 110-meter hurdles, Sarmiento sped to a clocking of 15.48 seconds, a personal record. He easily bested the runner-up time of 16.31 seconds clocked by Wenatchee's Nick Hunt.
Sarmiento, too, earned a second place finish in the 300-meter hurdles. Hunt came out on top in the longer of the two races, racing across the finish line in 42.21 seconds. Sarmiento had a time of 43.49 seconds to place second.
Although two of Sarmiento's teammates on the boys squad, Jose Madrigal and Andrew Cortes, didn't come away winners yesterday, the duo did set personal bests.
Cortes, a senior, heaved the shot a distance of 45-5, his best throw ever, to earn second place honors. The only throw to top his was that of Eastmont's Joe Jacobus, who recorded a mark of 45-11.
Madrigal, also a senior, established his personal bests in the 100 and 200-meter dashes.
In the shorter of the two sprints, Madrigal sped to a clocking of 11.58 seconds, the third fastest time on the day. The only two speedsters who bested his time were Jacob Sealby of Wenatchee (11.52) and Jimmy Ramos of Eastmont (11.53). In the 200, Madrigal again placed third with a personal best clocking of 23.59 seconds. The Sealby brothers, Jacob and Lucas, were first and second, respectively, in times of 23.04 and 23.36 seconds.
The one other Sunnyside trackster to stand out in the boys competitions was senior Francisco Navarro-Rodriguez. He cleared the bar at 5-6 in the high jump for a third place finish. Wenatchee's Keaton Smith and Andrew Arndt placed first and second, respectively, with leaps of 6-0 and 5-10.
Navarro-Rodriguez also garnered a fourth place finish in the boys triple jump with an effort of 39-1.25. The winner, Cody Gibbons of Wenatchee, jumped 40-2.25, with Moses Lake's Spencer Fackrell second with a leap of 39-11.25.
Sunnyside's top finishes in yesterday's girls meet in Wenatchee were recorded by Katie Herndon, Megan Tyler and Marisa Broersma.
Herndon, a junior, placed second in the pole vault with an effort of 8-0. Eastmont's Shelby Johnson was first with a vault of 10-0.
The senior Tyler returned home with a third place finish in the girls javelin. She unleashed a throw of 100-2. Brooke Randall of Eastmont was first with a performance of 137-0, Wenatchee's Grace Pevin was second with a throw of 104-3.
Broersma, only a freshman, earned a third place finish for the Lady Grizzlies as well. Competing in the 800-meter run, the underclassman circled the oval twice in a time of 2:41.26. Wenatchee's Skye Pauly won the race with a clocking of 2:31.58. Hannah Moreland of Eastmont was second in a time of 2:34.27.
The Lady Grizzlies 4x100-meter relay squad of Broersma, Tiffany Spencer, Ayla Schmick and Tanya Lugo also garnered a third place finish yesterday. The foursome clocked a 55.17. The first and second place teams from Wenatchee and Eastmont recorded times of 51.51 and 51.84 seconds, respectively.
Team-wise, the Lady Grizzlies picked up a 76-62 victory against Moses Lake yesterday. The Sunnyside girls fell by 124-26 and 130-19 scores to Eastmont and Wenatchee, respectively.
In the boys team scoring, Sunnyside came out on the short end in all three match-ups with Eastmont (96-49), Moses Lake (73-68) and Wenatchee (112-33).
The Grizzly track and field squads are scheduled to compete at the Davis High School Invitational in Yakima tomorrow (Saturday).