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Bickleton boys second at Simcoe Invitational

GOLDENDALE - The Bickleton High School boys track team placed second at the Simcoe Invitational this past Saturday.

The boys scored 86 points, second only to host Goldendale's 183 points.

The Bickleton girls team placed fifth at the invite with 67 points.

The Pirate boys team is still missing five team members due to the flu but Andrew Venema continued his dominance in the hurdles, winning two events.

Venema won the 110m hurdles event with a time of 16.59 seconds. His younger brother, Nic Venema, placed third with a time of 20.57.

Andrew Venema also won the 300m hurdles with a time of 44.56 seconds. His teammate, Patrick Maeder, was third in the event with a time of 47.95 seconds.

Andrew Venema also had a good day in the high jump event, placing second behind Tyler Hunziker of Goldendale. Venema jumped 5-8.

Bickleton's Edgar Molina also earned two first place finishes in the shotput and discus throws.

Molina heaved the shotput 40-0.5, almost two inches further then second place finishing Edgar Razo of Wapato. In the discus throw he threw for a distance of 111-8, a good 13 feet better than second place finishing Jacob McElravy of Goldendale.

Maeder, who was out last week due to an illness, won the pole vault event for the Pirates with a height of 10-6. Nic Venema placed fourth and Edgar Alcantar placed 10th for the Pirates in this event.

Maeder finished second in the triple jump with a distance of 35-1. Bickleton also scored points when Virgil Sampson placed fifth in the 1600m run with a time of 5:33.87, and Alcantar placed seventh in the 400m with a time of 1:05.37.

The girls team earned three first place finishes at Saturday's invite.

Katelynn Clinton won the discus throw with a distance of 110-10. Teammate Alejandra Molina came in second with a throw of 96-9.

Clinton finished second in the high jump event, jumping 4-8. She also finished fourth in the shotput throw with a distance of 28-3. Molina was sixth with a distance of 27-5 and teammate Nakai Kibby was seventh with a throw of 26-10.5.

Star Kibby gave the Pirates their second first place in the triple jump. Kibby had a distance of 29-2.25. She also finished second in the pole vault with a jump of 7-6.

Danielle Raschko won the 3200m for the Pirates with a time of 13:46.58. She also teamed with Nakai Kibby, Star Kibby and Clinton to place second in the 4x200 relay.

Raschko took ninth place in the long jump with a distance of 10-1.25.

The Pirates now have a much need break to rest up and heal. Bickleton will next compete at the Moberg Invite in Walla Walla on Saturday, April 11.

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