PROSSER - Paced by senior Francisco Navarro-Rodriguez, the Sunnyside High School track and field team returned home from the Prosser invite this past Saturday with four "top five" finishes from the 16-school competition.
Navarro-Rodriguez had two of the Grizzlies' four "top five" performances. He placed fourth in both the long jump and triple jump.
In the long jump, Navarro-Rodriguez was one of 18 competitors. His effort of 19 feet, 10 inches was the fourth best. The three athletes who topped his 19-10 mark included Tanner Markham of Spokane's Central Valley High School (21-2.5), Cody Peterson of Spokane's Rogers High School (21-1.5) and Matt Wildey of Richland (20-3).
Navarro-Rodriguez turned in one of his best efforts of the season in the triple jump, recording a rare 40-foot-plus performance. The Grizzly's best effort on the day was 41-0. The only three triple jumpers to top him were Robert Jessop of Kennewick (43-9.5), Hanford's Josh Bland (42-7.5) and Selah's Colin Anyan (41-5).
The only Grizzly to bring home a first place finish from Prosser last Saturday was junior Kennedy Sarmiento. He sped to a clocking of 15.92 seconds in the 110-meter high hurdles to best the 17-boy field. The closest competitor to him was Connell's Colton Riner, who placed second overall with a clocking of 16.10 seconds.
The one other Sunnyside athlete to place in the top five on Saturday was freshman Marisa Broersma. Competing in the girls 800-meter run, she scooted around the oval twice in a time of 2:30.59. Broersma was clipped for runner-up honors by less than half a second, as Richland's Lauren Dernbach turned in a time of 2:30.13. The 800m winner was Breanna Daniel of Hanford, who clocked a time of 2:27.75.
Team-wise, Sunnyside placed eighth in the boys standings at Prosser with 37.5 points. Hanford won the boys team title with 133 points. The host Mustangs brought up the rear with 3 points.
Hanford also won the girls team title at the Prosser invite, tallying 102 points on the day. Sunnyside, with 8 points, placed 14th overall. Davis High School and Bickleton finished behind the Lady Grizzlies with 6 and 2 points, respectively.
1st-Brett Blanshan (Selah) 10.96, 6th-(tie) Jose Madrigal (S'side) & Damian Ramos (S'side) 11.90
1st-Brett Blanshan (Selah) 22.43
1st-Josh Bland (Hanford) 49.59, 8th-Kennedy Sarmiento (S'side) 53.78, 13th-Elias Medrano (S'side) 55.11
1st-Zac Martin (Hanford) 2:01.86, 9th-Sean Johnson (S'side) 2:13.33, 10th-Caleb Gomez (S'side) 2:13.95
1st-T.J. Hesselgesser (Selah) 4:34.08, 8th-Gracen Gonzalez (S'side) 4:49.85, 22nd-Jose Sanchez (S'side) 5:33.98
1st-James Currell (Selah) 9:47.47, 9th-Jacob Rogers (S'side) 10:47.14
1st-Kennedy Sarmiento (S'side) 15.92, 10th-Lorenzo Chavez (S'side) 18.74
1st-Joe Clements (Hanford) 42.25, 7th-Lorenzo Chavez (S'side) 45.87, 12th-Andrew Daley (S'side) 48.16
1st-Rogers 43.88, 4th-Sunnyside (Jose Madrigal, Damian Ramos, Elias Medrano, Francisco Navarro-Rodriguez) 45.72
1st-Jonathan Buchanan (East Valley) 58-5.5, 29th-Valentine Trujillo (S'side) 32-1.5
1st-Jonathan Buchanan (East Valley) 165-1, 14th-Andres Cantu (S'side) 109-10, 18th-Brian Bennett (S'side) 108-1
1st-Kyle Wagar (Hanford) 178-0
1st-Shawn Vandermark (Hanford) 6-2, 9th-Francisco Navarro-Rodriguez (S'side) 5-8
1st-Kyle Stone (Selah) 14-0, 6th-Jesse Hernandez (S'side) 11-6
1st-Tanner Markham (Central Valley) 21-2.5, 4th-Francisco Navarro-Rodriguez (S'side) 19-10, 11th-Jose Madrigal (S'side) 18-4
1st-Robert Jessop (Kennewick) 43-9.5, 4th-Francisco Navarro-Rodriguez (S'side) 41-0, 8th-Kennedy Sarmiento (S'side) 37-8.5
1st-Whitney Leavitt (Ki-Be) 12.60, 16th-Ayla Schmick (S'side) 14.86, 17th-Tanya Lugo (S'side) 14.93
1st-Whitney Leavitt (Ki-Be) 25.95, 17th-Ayla Schmick (S'side) 31.61, 18th-Tanya Lugo (S'side) 32.05
1st-Martha Sanford (Richland) 1:01.28
1st-Breanna Daniel (Hanford) 2:27.75, 3rd-Marisa Broersma (S'side) 2:30.59, 14th-Kristel Galvez (S'side) 3:08.23
1st-Yasamin Mohsenian (East Valley) 5:29.49
1st-Katrina Radach (East Valley) 11:59.68
1st-Katharine Lotze (Ki-Be) 15.86
1st-Brianna Casper (Connell) 47.93
1st-Raisa Yates (East Valley) 39-4, 11th-Sarah Kilian (S'side) 31-4, 19th-Kendra Meeker (S'side) 28-8
1st-Ana Zapien (Prosser) 128-6, 18th-Kendra Meeker (S'side) 80-5, 22nd-Sarah Kilian (S'side) 77-10
1st-Kierstin Wilson (Selah) 132-6, 22nd-Kendra Hollmeyer (S'side) 62-10, 24th-Tyana Osgood (S'side) 54-10
1st-Taymussa Miller (Hanford) 5-2, 10th-Marisa Broersma (S'side) 4-4
1st-Jessica Christian (Richland) 10-6, 7th-Katie Herndon (S'side) 8-6
1st-Kendra Szoke (Central Valley) 16-7, 9th-Ayla Schmick (S'side) 14-5, 23rd-Naomy Velasco (S'side) 11-11
1st-Katharine Lotze (Ki-Be) 36-10, 15th-Naomy Velasco (S'side) 27-3