YAKIMA - A fifth place performance by junior Kennedy Sarmiento, as well as a sixth place effort by sophomore Andrew Daley and an eighth place finish from senior Sarah Kilian highlighted the day for the Sunnyside High School track and field team last Saturday.
The Grizzly tracksters were one of 23 teams competing at the 35th annual Don Holder Relays, hosted by the Eisenhower Cadets.
Sarmiento nailed down Sunnyside's top individual effort on the day by posting the fifth fastest time in the boys varsity 300-meter hurdles. He sped across the track in a time of 42.10 seconds, half a second behind runner-up Jaakko Malmivirta of Nathan Hale High School (41.61). The winner, Andy Bennett of South Whidbey, blew away the field with a clocking of 40.88 seconds.
Daley earned his sixth place finish in the high jump for freshman/sophomore competitors. He was one of four boys to clear the bar at 5-0, but was deemed the sixth place finisher based on the order in which he took his turn. The only two athletes to top Daley's mark were Justin Dahlman of Langley (5-2) and Jordan Wood of Riverside Christian (5-6).
Kilian's eighth place finish came in the girls varsity shot put. She heaved the shot 31-9. The winner, Jessica Bush of the host Cadets, landed a throw of 37-0.
The Grizzlies also got top 10 finishes from its boys varsity 4x400 relay squad and from Andrew Cortes.
The senior Cortes placed 10th in the boys varsity shot put. His best throw on the day measured 41-9. Freddie Stevens of Cedarcrest had the best mark with his 50-9.75 effort. Cortes, too, placed 10th in the boys varsity javelin. He unleashed a throw of 134-11. The winner, Oregon City's Tyler Ferguson, won the competition with a throw of 160-0.
The Grizzly boys 4x400 relay squad put up the sixth fastest time in that event. The squad, consisting of Sarmiento, Gracen Gonzalez, Jose Madrigal and Elias Medrano, clocked a time of 3:44.59. The varsity boys team from Oregon City won the 4x400 in a time of 3:29.25.
Oregon City, Ore. won the boys team title on Saturday with a meet-best 76 points. Henry Jackson High School was a close second with 69 points, with the host Cadets placing third with 50 points. The Sunnyside boys tied for 19th place honors with Richland with three points each.
The Pasco Bulldogs won the girls team title with 59 points. Marysville-Pilchuck and Newport-Bellevue placed second and third with 54 and 43 points, respectively. Sunnyside's girls tallied eight points for 19th place honors.