YAKIMA - It's looking to be a sweet spring for senior Storm Shea, as this past Saturday he set a Grandview High School track record in the pole vault with a mark of 13-6. The previous GHS record of 13-3 was set 30 years ago by J.T. Trevino.
Shea's effort was good enough for a tie for second with Quincy's Brandon Kennedy during the third annual Papa Wells Invitational held at Kumler Field in Yakima. Wes Chamberlain of Ephrata, who won the State 2A pole vault title last year, captured first-place honors with a 14-foot mark.
Grandview Coach Tyson Tucker attributed Shea's mark, six inches better than his previous personal best, to vaulting with a heavier pole and the consistent training by volunteer coaches working with the Greyhound program.
No team scores were kept at the season-opening meet, which drew 20 schools. The top six placers in each event received a medal or ribbon.
In another bright spot for the Grandview boys, Viano Perez won the 400 in 53.07, just a second off his previous personal best.
Grandview's 4x400 team of Joe Babcock, Chris Hernandez, Shea and Perez captured first-place honors in a clocking of 3.40.
"That's probably one of the better times we've had this early in the season," said Tucker.
Babcock took second-place honors in both the long and triple jumps with leaps of 20-5 and 42-6. The long jump was won by Mike Mandeville of Ephrata with a mark of 21-2 and Ephrata's Jerome Prescod captured top honors in the triple jump at 43-10.
Joe and Tim Taylor were third and fourth for Grandview in the javelin, with respective throws of 149-10 and 149-3. Anthony Galaviz of Toppenish won the event with a mark of 169-9.
In girls competition, Kinzi Poteet of Grandview dominated in the throwing events. She was the only Lady Greyhound to place in the top six.
Poteet won the discus with a personal-best mark of 120-8, more than 20 feet further than her previous best effort. Poteet also captured first-place honors in the javelin, with again a personal best throw of 113-2. It was her first time throwing over 100 feet, said Tucker.
He praised assistant coach Orejeona Jeffrey for her one-on-one efforts with Poteet, who nearly broke a school record with her eye-popping mark in the discus.
Tucker said Jeffrey is "focusing on technique and finding some pointers" in helping Poteet get the most out of her throws. "They're working on basic mechanics, breaking down her throws," he said.
Poteet wasn't done with her big day, as the senior grabbed third place on the podium in the shot put with a throw of 35-5, less than three feet off the winning throw of Jordyn Murray of Ephrata.
"We're very pleased that we had some kids compete very well," said Tucker.
Grandview will look to build on Saturday's progress by hosting its own invite tomorrow, Tuesday. Tucker said 11 or 12 schools are scheduled to compete, with field events starting at 3:30 p.m. and running events at 4 p.m.