KITTITAS - The Bickleton boys won the 1B District title by more than 40 points over Trout Lake last Friday at Kittitas.
"This will be the largest group of kids I have taken (to State)," said Bickleton Coach Darrell Lang. "The boys team effort was once again super."
Bickleton's Junior Hernandez won top honors in the 3,200-meter race with a time of 10:56.81. The runner-up, from Wilson Creek, finished in 11:31.38.
Bickleton's Rodolfo Amaral and Dillon Clingan earned third and fourth place honors, respectively in that race.
In the 1,600-meter run Hernandez was runner-up, with a time of 4:51.22. He beat his personal best time by five seconds flat. Teammate Virgil Sampson earned third place honors in a time of 5:21.89, and top honors went to Alec England of Trout Lake.
Bickleton's Andrew Venema earned top honors for the Pirates in the high jump, he cleared 5-8, which was two inches better than the runner-up from Klickitat, Ron Prominski.
His younger brother, Nic Venema, earned third place honors with a jump of 5 feet even.
The older Venema fought Tyler Cope of Trout Lake in the 110-meter hurdles, falling just shy of top honors. Cope clocked a time of 15.50 and Venema finished in 15.52 seconds. Venema's brother earned third place honors for the Pirates with a time of 19.48.
"Andrew lowered his school record in the 110 and is getting within a second of the 300 (hurdles) record," commented Lang.
Venema clocked 42.20 in the 300-meter hurdles, earning runner-up honors again to Cope, who ran in 41.9 seconds.
Pirate Edgar Molina won top honors in the shot put, throwing 46-3.25. The older Venema was runner-up in the event with a distance of 40-5.5.
This was a "break out day" for Molina, considering the Pirate is healing from an injured finger, according to Lang. His overall improvement in the shot put was five feet, and is within inches of the school record.
In the discus throw, Molina again won top honors. He threw a distance of 115-2 in that event.
In the triple jump, Molina earned third place honors with a distance of 36-1.75. Earning top honors in the event was Jeromie Mason of Klickitat, with a distance of 42-0.5.
Also for Bickleton, Patrick Maeder won with a leap 12-0 in the pole vault, scoring top honors for Bickleton.
He clocked 12.2 in the 100-meter dash for third place honors.
In the 4x100-meter relay, Maeder, Hernandez, Venema and Osborne won top honors for the Pirates, with a final time of 48.5. Wilson Creek earned runner-up honors, clocking 49.26.
Sampson ran in the 800-meter event for a fourth place finish, clocking 2:21.13, which was nearly four seconds behind the top runner from Trout Lake. Pirate Rodolfo Amaral earned fifth place honors in the event, with a final time of 2:22.66.
Craig Osborne also earned third place honors for Bickleton, with his performance in the 200-meter run. He clocked a time of 25 seconds flat, and in the 100-meter dash he earned fifth place honors.
Teammate Edgar Alcantar clocked 1:00.01 in the 400-meter run, earning fifth place honors.
In the 4x400-meter relay, teammates Molina, Maeder, Osborne and Hernandez finished in 3:45.91 for runner-up honors to Trout Lake. The Bickleton boys were less than two seconds behind the top team.
"Though they took second, they came within a second of the school record, and they believe they will break it at State," said Lang.
Winning top honors for the Lady Pirates was Katelynn Clinton, when she threw a distance of 105-11 in the discus, a personal best. Her closest competitor, Charice McConville of Klickitat, threw 102-8.
Clinton earned runner-up honors in the high jump, clearing a height of 4-10. The leading jumper was Samantha Brewer of Klickitat, with a two-inch advantage over Clinton.
Lady Pirate Danielle Raschko impressed Lang with runner-up honors in the 800-meter run and the 3,200-meter run. She clocked times of 2:48.31 and 13.45.09, respectively.
Bickleton's Jessica Cummings earned fifth place honors in the 3,200 with a time of 18.22.83.
"Danielle (Raschko) had a solid day in her distance races," commented Lang.
Bickleton's Alejandra Molina earned third place honors in the discus with a distance of 101-11.
Star Kibby also secured a win for Bickleton, with a vault of 9-0 in the pole vault. Behind her with fifth place honors was teammate Tricia McBride, who cleared 5-6.
Christina Wilson of the Lady Pirates earned third place honors with a time of 6:30.55 in the 1,600-meter run. Clocking 8:13.31 for sixth place honors in that event was Cummings.
Runner-up honors were secured by the Bickleton girls 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relay teams.
Running in the 4x100 for Bickleton were Johanna Jensen, Raschko, Dede Kibby and Clinton. The foursome clocked 2:07.7, nearly six seconds behind Trout Lake.
Bickleton's 4x100 competitors were Nakai Kibby, McBride, Raschko and Wilson. They clocked a final time of 5:24.63.
All of Bickleton's relay teams qualified for State.
Bickleton travels to Cheney to compete in the State tournament this coming Friday and Saturday.