MATTAWA - Both the Bickleton High School boys and girls track teams placed fourth at the 16-team Windbreaker Invite held in Mattawa this past Saturday.
Zillah High School took the top spot on the boys side with 123 points, Bickleton scored 57. Naches Valley High School earned top honors for the girls with 168 points and the Lady Pirates scored 60.
The boys were led by Andrew Venema with a first place finish in the high jump with a height of 5-10. Venema also had two second place finishes in the 110m hurdles and the 300m hurdles.
Bickleton Coach Darrell Lang said Venema lowered his school record to a non-adjusted hand time of 15.97 seconds. His brother Nic finished sixth in the 110m hurdles and Patrick Maeder finished sixth for Bickleton in the 300m hurdles.
Bickleton's Junior Hernandez improved his time in the 3200m run, coming within seconds of his personal record. Hernandez finished third in the event with a time of 10:47.7. He also was fifth in the 1600m run with a time of 4:57.06. His time in the 3200m was good enough to move Hernandez up to third in the State 1B rankings.
Edgar Molina also had a couple of top 10 finishes for the Pirates. He earned fourth place honors in the discus throw with a distance of 120-6. He also finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 40-5.
Other top 10 placers for the Pirates included Maeder, who finished seventh in the long jump with a distance of 17 feet. The 4x100 relay team consisting of Andrew Venema, Hernandez, Maeder and Craig Osborne placed sixth in their event with a time of 48.87. Dillon Clingan, Duc Nguyen, Rodolfo Amaral and Edgar Alcantar placed eighth for Bickleton in the 4x400 relay.
Katelynn Clinton was the lone first place finisher for the Lady Pirates. She won the discus throw with a distance of 98-11. Teammate Holly Goodnight placed fifth behind Clinton with a distance of 86-3.
Clinton also placed second in the shot put when she heaved the 4kg ball 31-2.
The Bickleton girls' other second place finish came in the 3200m event. Bickleton's Danielle Raschko took the honors with a time of 13:21.
Star Kibby gave the Lady Pirates a third place finish in the 100-meter run with a time of 13.98 seconds. Kibby also placed fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 28-10.
Other top ten placers for the Lady Pirates were Christina Wilson, who placed eighth in the 1600m run with a time of 6:42.38, the 4x100 relay team placed sixth, the 4x400 relay team took fourth place and the 4x200 relay team placed fifth.
Lang said that 13 of his tracksters recorded personal records at this event, which he said is really great for the new track team members who don't usually place.
Lang said the Pirates will participate in a small meet in Zillah Tuesday, April 21, but will hold out the Venemas, Raschko, Molina and Kibby so they can compete at a meet in Prosser on Saturday, April 25.