YAKIMA - Sunnyside this past Saturday garnered 16 "top 10" finishes at the 83rd annual Davis Track & Field Invitational, which drew athletes from 24 schools.
The short-handed, neighboring Grandview Greyhounds track team, powered by senior Kinzi Poteet, brought home six "top 10" finishes. Poteet was in on three of those.
Sunnyside, one of four 3A schools at the invite, had five team members who each nailed down a pair of "top 10" finishes.
The best overall performance by a Grizzly was turned in by junior Kennedy Sarmiento. The Sunnyside speedster placed second in the 110-meter hurdles and was third in the 300-meter hurdles.
In the shorter of the two hurdles races, Sarmiento was only beaten by 2B Riverside Christian's Dana Wells. The Crusader blazed to a clocking of 15.20 seconds, edging Sarmiento by 66 one-hundredth's of a second (15.86). Wells also won the 300-hurdles, recording a nearly unbelievable time of 39.29 seconds. Hanford's Joe Clements was second in a time of 42.34 seconds, with Sarmiento third with a clocking of 42.72.
Another Sunnyside speedster, senior Jose Madrigal, came away with sixth and 10th place honors in the 200 and 100-meter sprints, respectively. Madrigal raced to a clocking of 23.22 seconds in the 200 to place sixth. The winner, 4A Pasco's Marques Avery, clocked a time of 22.32 seconds. In the 100-meter dash, Avery again topped the field, hitting the finish line in 11.29 seconds. Madrigal was 10th in a time of 11.70 seconds.
Also recording a pair of "top 10" finishes for Sunnyside in the boys competitions was Andrew Daley. A 10th grader, Daley placed seventh and ninth, respectively, in the freshman/sophomore 300-meter hurdles (47.28) and 110-meter hurdles events (19.86).
The Grizzlies' 4x100 and sprint medley boys relay squads also returned home with "top 10" finishes. The 4x100 team of Madrigal, Elias Medrano, Francisco Navarro-Rodriguez and Damian Ramos placed eighth in a time of 45.65 seconds. A foursome from Riverside Christian won the event with a clocking of 44.08. Sunnyside's sprint medley relay team of Medrano, Patrick Watts, Victor Rios and Jacob Rogers placed seventh with a time of 5:12.12. Hanford's relay squad in that event was well out in front of all the competitors, clocking an aggregate time of 4:47.94.
The Sunnyside girls got two "top 10" finishes from Ayla Schmick and Melina Gonzalez. Both underclassmen competed in the freshman/sophomore events.
Schmick was 10th in both the 100-meter dash (14.50) and long jump (13-7.5) for the younger girls, and Gonzalez placed ninth and 10th, respectively, in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles races for the freshmen and sophomores in times of 21.92 and 1:06.21.
In the girls varsity events, sophomore Jocelyn Yanez claimed the top finish for the Lady Grizzlies. She was eighth in the 1,600-meter run, finishing the race in a time of 5:58.84. Pasco's Marisa VanderMalle clocked a time of 5:14.25 for top honors.
Sunnyside teammate Katie Herndon, a junior, also brought home a 10th place finish. She cleared the pole vault bar at 8-0. 4A Richland's Jessica Christian was the top vaulter with her effort of 11-6.
Freshman Marisa Broersma, too, garnered a "top 10" finish for Sunnyside. In the girls freshman/sophomore high jump event, she placed fifth with a leap of 4-8. Melissa Merrill of Hanford won that event with a performance of 5-2.
The one other "top 10" finish managed by Sunnyside came from its girls sprint medley relay team of Schmick, Broersma, Yanez and Marlene Manzo. The foursome posted an aggregate time of 6:16.14 for seventh place honors. The best time was recorded by Richland (5:52.23).
The 2A Grandview Greyhounds were led by the senior Poteet. Her best performance Saturday came in the javelin. She threw the spear a distance of 116-1 for runner-up honors. Only the 122-0 throw of 3A Hanford's Haley Tank topped her.
Poteet's second "top 10" finish came in the discus. She placed fourth with a throw of 102-3. Ironically, the only athletes to top her were CWAC rivals Ana Zapien of Prosser (125-8), Raisa Yates of East Valley (116-0) and Tiffany Martinez of Othello (104-4).
The Grandview senior also managed a sixth place finish in the shot put. Poteet heaved the shot a distance of 33-4.5. The top thrower in the finals, Jordyn Murray of Ephrata, recorded a throw of 38-4.5.
The three other "top 10" finishes claimed by Grandview came from senior Storm Shea and sophomores Katie Eucker and Ashley Villarreal.
The senior Shea, competing in the boys pole vault, turned in a head-turning, third-best effort of 12-6, despite competing with a pole that is bending on him. The only two vaulters to top him from the 44-boy field were Wes Chamberlain of Ephrata (14-0) and Kyle Schuetze of Prosser (13-6).
Eucker, a girls freshman/sophomore 1,600-meter competitor, placed 10th with a clocking of 6:10.24. Freshman Kaitlin Kaluzny of the host Davis Pirates won the underclassmen race in a time of 5:28.16.
Villarreal, a 10th grader, had the one other "top 10" finish for the Greyhounds. Competing in the freshman/sophomore 300-meter girls hurdles race, she cleared the barriers in a time of 58.53 seconds for seventh place honors. Richland sophomore Melanie Valdez won the event with a 49.76 clocking.
Grandview's track team won't compete again until Thursday, April 23, at a league meet in Prosser. Sunnyside's track and field athletes return to action this coming Saturday, April 18, at the Pasco invite.