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Venema, Maeder win 1B State meet titles

CHENEY - Bickleton's Andrew Venema and Patrick Maeder each won top honors at this past weekend's 1B State track and field meet.

Venema won the 300-meter hurdles title, clocking 41.43. He beat the meet record, set last year by Ben Clark of Wishkah Valley.

He did not do as well in the 110-meter hurdles due to a false start, but he medaled for the Pirates with eighth place honors in the shot put, throwing a distance of 39-11.

Maeder vaulted 12-9 in the pole vault, matching the meet record in that event. The record was set by Trout Lake/Glenwood's Kristian Rubesh last year.

Maeder, Edgar Molina, Craig Osborn and Junior Hernandez earned runner-up honors for the Pirates, clocking 3:44.90 in the 4x400-meter relay. Winning that event was Trout Lake/Glenwood, with a finish of 3:41.96.

Molina was also runner-up in the shot put, throwing 45-7.5. Top honors went to Ryan Jackson of North River, with a throw of 48-4.75.

Following that performance, Molina earned fourth place honors in the discus with a throw of 120 feet. That was more than 25 feet shy of North River's Alex Fletcher, who earned top honors.

For Bickleton, Hernandez had a third place finish in the 3,200-meter run, clocking 10:47.36. Odessa's Scott Strang won the event in 10:13.69.

Hernandez clocked a time of 4:56.55 in the 1,600-meter run for sixth place honors behind Strang's first place time of 4:39.40.

Maeder, Hernandez, Osborn and Nic Venema teamed up for the 4x100-meter relay and earned sixth place honors, with a time of 47.79. Grace Academy clocked the winning time of 46.88.

As a team, the Bickleton boys earned 62 points for third place honors behind co-champions Odessa and Mt. Rainier Christian, who both garnered 67 points at the State tournament.

For the Lady Pirates, Katelynn Clinton and Star Kibby were the top performers, garnering runner-up honors in their individual field events.

Kibby vaulted 9 feet, but garnered a second-place finish behind Trout Lake/Glenwood's McKenzie Zoller, who cleared the 9-foot height before Kibby did.

Clinton threw a distance of 97-5 in the discus, which was a little more than two-and-a-half feet shy of the winning throw by Klickitat's Charice McConville.

Along with teammates Johanna Jensen, Dede Kibby and Nakai Kibby, Clinton earned sixth place honors in the 4x100-meter relay, clocking 59.29. Winning that event was Columbia Hunters, with a time of 53.56.

Clinton, Jensen, Danielle Raschko and Dede Kibby ran a 2:03.44 clocking for sixth place honors in the 4x200-meter relay. The top time was 1:54.40, run by North Sound Christian.

Raschko clocked a time of 13:17.87 for the Lady Pirates in the 3,200-meter run, earning fourth place honors. Trout Lake/Glenwood's Emily Paxson was approximately three seconds faster and won the event.

Raschko also garnered a medal in the 800-meter run, clocking 2:41.65 for sixth place honors. Top honors went to Trout Lake/Glenwood's Neola Putnam, who clocked 2:21.75.

Another fourth place medal was earned by Lady Pirate Holly Goodnight. She threw the shot put 30-2.5, behind Cusick's Andrea Heinen, who had a winning throw of 33-9.75.

Rounding out the meet for the Bickleton girls was a seventh place medal earned by the 4x400-meter relay team. That team consisted of Christina Wilson, Jensen, Tricia McBride and Raschko. Together, they completed the relay in 5:05.15 and were beat out by top finisher Trout Lake/Glenwood in 4:12.01.

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