SPOKANE - Junior Kennedy Sarmiento will be the lone Grizzly representing Sunnyside at this year's 3A State track and field meet, set for this coming Friday and Saturday, May 29-30, in Tacoma.
Sarmiento was the only Sunnyside athlete who garnered a top two finish at Regionals this past weekend. Only the first and second place finishers at Regionals move on to State.
The Sunnyside High School junior locked down his State berth in the 110-meter high hurdles event. He was the Regional track and field meet runner-up with a clocking of 15.40 seconds. North Central High School's Desean Svastisalee won the race in a time of 15.37 seconds, only three one-hundred's of a second ahead of Sarmiento.
The Grizzly speedster competed at Regionals in the 300-meter hurdles, as well. Sarmiento ended up sixth overall in that event, finishing in 43.32 seconds. Spencer Wordell of North Central won the race in a time of 39.09 seconds, with Hanford's Joe Clements taking the second spot to State with a clocking of 40.93 seconds.
A total of eight teams, the Big Nine's Sunnyside, West Valley and Hanford, as well as the five 3A schools in the Spokane area, competed last Friday and Saturday at Regionals, staged at Spokane Falls Community College.
North Central won the boys team title with 170 points, Mt. Spokane was second with 123 points and Hanford place third with 98 points. Sunnyside's boys brought up the rear with 23 points, only two points back of the seventh place finishing West Valley Rams.
Shadle Park claimed top honors in the girls team scoring, garnering 155 points. Thirteen points back at 142 was second place finishing Mt. Spokane. Hanford's girls were third with 124 points, with West Valley finishing fourth with 99 points. Sunnyside's girls ended up in seventh place in the team scoring with 17 points. Rogers High School finished last with 6 points.
With the exception of Sarmiento's second place finish in the 110-meter high hurdles, the best Sunnyside could muster at Regionals was four fourth place performances.
One of those fourth place efforts came on the boys side. Senior Francisco Navarro-Rodriguez landed a leap of 41 feet, 8 and three-quarters inches in the triple jump. Bo Schuetzle of Shadle Park was first with an effort of 44-4. Josh Bland of Hanford and Tony Hunter of Mt. Spokane placed second and third, respectively, with leaps of 44-1.5 and 42-5.75.
Navarro-Rodriguez also competed in the boys long jump. He placed 10th overall with a performance of 18-4.5. The winning long jumper was Shadle Park's Schuetzle, with an effort of 22-6.25.
Sunnyside's Katie Herndon, a junior, was fourth in the girls pole vault. She cleared the bar at 8-6. The top vault was turned in by Kaycee Smith of Mt. Spokane, a leap of 10-3. Britta LaVoie of Mt. Spokane got the second spot to State with a vault of 9-3. Amy Rovira of Hanford was third in the pole vault with an effort of 9-0.
Herndon, too, teamed with Sunnyside's Marisa Broersma, Tanya Lugo and Tiffany Spencer for a fourth place finish in the girls 4x100 relay. The quartet sped to a clocking of 53.40 seconds. The winning time of 50.16 seconds was set by the West Valley Rams. Spokane's East Valley High School was second with a clocking of 51.00 seconds.
Broersma, only a freshman, added to her fourth place relay performance by finishing seventh in the girls 800-meter run. She had a time of 2:36.13. The best clocking in that event was a 2:22.98, set by Amy Before of Shadle Park.
The final fourth place finish claimed by the Grizzlies at Regionals was notched by senior Sarah Kilian. Competing in the girls shot put, she heaved the ball 32 feet, 9 and three-quarters inches. The top throw was recorded by Melissa Youmans of East Valley (34-6.75). North Central's Tressae Herrera grabbed the second berth to State with a heave of 34-3.5.
The other athletes representing Sunnyside at Regionals included senior Damian Ramos, 8th in the 100 (11.77); senior Jose Madrigal, 8th in the 200 (23.71); junior Elias Medrano, 8th in the 400 (54.49); senior Jacob Rogers, 8th in the 3200 (10:17.45); junior Andres Cantu, 10th in the discus (114-1); sophomore Jesse Hernandez, 11th in the pole vault (11-0); the boys foursome of Madrigal, Navarro-Rodriguez, Medrano and Ramos, 6th in the 4x100 relay (45.18); senior Megan Tyler, 12th in the shot put (27-2.5), 12th in the discus (87-3) and 11th in the javelin (94-2); and junior Kendra Meeker, 9th in the discus (91-2).