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John Fannin/Daily Sun News

YAKIMA - Sunnyside High School junior Kennedy Sarmiento brought home a pair of first-place finishes from yesterday's four-school Big Nine track and field meet, hosted by the West Valley Rams.

The Kamiakin Braves and Pasco Bulldogs also competed Thursday afternoon.

Sarmiento was one of three winners for the Grizzlies on the day, the other two being seniors Francisco Navarro-Rodriguez and Sarah Kilian.

Team-wise, the Sunnyside boys dropped a pair of 95-49 and 103-38 decisions to Kamiakin and Pasco, respectively. The Grizzly boys tied West Valley, however, 72-72.

Sunnyside's girls came out on the short end of all three match-ups with West Valley, Kamiakin and Pasco.

In winning two events yesterday, Sarmiento did so in dominating fashion. In the 110-meter hurdles, he finished a full 1.13 seconds ahead of runner-up Brandon Search of Pasco. Sarmiento hit the tape in a time of 15.77 seconds.

Sarmiento also turned in a powerhouse performance in the 300-meter hurdles. He sped to a first-place clocking of 42.49 seconds. That was seven-tenth's of a second ahead of his closest competitor, that again being Search.

Navarro-Rodriguez's victory came in the triple jump. His leap of 39-1 was well out ahead of the second place jump of Edin Mehic of Kamiakin, who recorded an effort of 38-0.

Kilian, in the girls shotput, led a one-two finish for the Lady Grizzlies with a throw of 30-11.5. Teammate Kendra Meeker was second in the event with a heave of 30-2.5.

Two other Grizzlies earned runner-up honors in their respective events yesterday...senior Jose Madrigal and junior Andres Cantu.

Madrigal placed second twice. He had a runner-up finish in the boys 200-meter dash, clocking a time of 23.62 seconds, less than one-tenth of a second behind Kamiakin's Tim White. Madrigal was second to Pasco's Marques Avery in the 100 with a time of 11.62 seconds. Avery sped to a winning time of 11.40 seconds.

Cantu's second-place performance came in the boys discus. He flew the platter a distance of 113-10. Only the 122-0 throw of Pasco sophomore Jaden Espinoza topped him.

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