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Sarmiento, Medrano SHS standouts at 84th annual Davis High Invitationa

YAKIMA - Sunnyside seniors Kennedy Sarmiento and Elias Medrano combined for three third-place finishes and a fifth-place performance at last Saturday's 23-team invite hosted by the Davis Pirates.

The 84th annual Davis Track & Field Invitational was staged at Yakima's Zaepfel Stadium. Team scoring was not kept.

The Sunnyside girls track and field squad had a pair of Top 10 finishes from senior Katie Herndon.

Grandview's track and field team also competed at Saturday's meet. The Greyhounds' best performers were their sprinters. In a special 2,000-meter medley relay for the different schools' short distance runners, Grandview's boys placed fifth and the Lady 'Hound sprinters came in fourth.

The Grandview girls relay team was comprised of Crystal Navarro, Anjhellica Ampil, Brandy Atkinson and Katie Eucker. The foursome placed fourth in a time of 7:37.68. The winning squad from Toppenish posted a time of 6:11.41.

Ampil also had a Top 10 finish for Grandview's girls in the 100-meter freshman/sophomore sprint. She placed 10th from the 17-girl field with a clocking of 14.72 seconds. The winning time for the underclassmen was 13.34 seconds, set by Eisenhower's Beth Klingele.

The fifth-place 2,000-meter boys medley relay team was made up of Grandview's Jose Razo, Dominic Garza, Don Munoz and Kevin Vasquez. They clocked a time of 5:17.39. A Richland foursome won the event with a 4:49.82 clocking.

Garza, in addition to being on the fifth-place finishing sprint medley squad, earned an eighth-place finish for the Greyhounds in the freshman/sophomore 400-meter dash. He sped to a clocking of 57.36 seconds. The winner of the 400-sprint for the underclassmen was Pasco's Presley Powell, who clocked a time of 53.30 seconds.

The only other Greyhound to notch a Top 10 finish last Saturday was freshman Herman Herrera. Competing in the freshman/sophomore 100-meter and 200-meter sprints, Herrera placed sixth and 10th, respectively, with clockings of 12.33 and 25.25 seconds. The winning times in the two races were 11.86 and 23.74 seconds, both set by Ephrata's Micah Ohl.

Individually, Sarmiento had the best performances on the day for the Sunnyside Grizzlies. He placed third in both of the varsity hurdles events.

In the shorter 110-meter hurdles race, Sarmiento clocked a time of 15.81 seconds. That was just three-tenths of a second back of the winner, Jason Yale of Southridge (15.51). Joe Clements of Hanford was runner-up in a time of 15.68 seconds.

Sarmiento placed third in the longer 300-meter hurdles race, as well, clocking a time of 41.36 seconds. Pasco's Rainier Luhrs was the winner in a time of 40.32 seconds. Clements was second with a 41.07 clocking.

"Kennedy ran well in the 300-meter hurdles, said Sunnyside Coach Darren Mezger. "He ran a personal record."

Mezger said Sarmiento could have reached the finish line half a second sooner, had a Wenatchee runner not clipped him slightly. Mezger is predicting Sarmiento will set another personal record in the 300m hurdles at the Pasco invite this coming Saturday.

Medrano also had a pretty nice outing last Saturday. He scored a third-place finish for Sunnyside's boys in the 400-meter varsity race and placed fifth in the varsity 200-meter dash.

In the 400, Medrano set a time of 50.80 seconds. That trailed only the Sealby brothers, Jacob and Lucas, who placed first and second for Wenatchee, respectively, with clockings of 49.34 and 49.44. Medrano's clocking of 50.80 was the third fastest time ever in that event by a Sunnyside runner.

In the 200-sprint, Medrano was fifth with a time of 23.26 seconds. The winner was Marques Avery of Pasco, who clocked a time of 22.42 seconds.

The Sunnyside boys squad also got a seventh-place finish from Audiel Sanchez in the freshman/sophomore 400-meter run (57.07), a fifth-place performance from Manuel Rivera in the freshman/sophomore 800-meter run (2:15.37), and an eighth-place effort from Lorenzo Carbajal in the freshman/sophomore 110-meter hurdles (19.74), as well as a fifth-place effort from Carbajal in the freshman/sophomore 300-meter hurdles (47.50).

Also scoring Top 10 finishes for the Sunnyside boys squad were Valentine Trujillo, eighth in the shot put for underclassmen (33-10); Andres Cantu, seventh in the varsity discus (125-7); Jesse Ryan Hernandez, eighth in the varsity pole vault (11-0); and Rafael Salmeron, ninth in the long jump for freshmen and sophomores (16-3.75).

The senior Herndon had the most success of all the Sunnyside girls track team members. She was ninth in the varsity triple jump with a leap of 31-6. LaQuilla Upton of Southridge won the event with a jump of 34-8.5.

Herndon, too, notched a 10th place finish for the Sunnyside girls in the varsity pole vault. She cleared the bar at 8-0. The winning vault was that of Danielle Cuevas of Kamiakin High School (10-6).

Also scoring Top 10 finishes for the Sunnyside girls last Saturday were Marisa Broersma, ninth in the varsity 200-meter dash (28.85); Ana Lugo, third in the freshman/sophomore 400-meter run (1:08.31); Melina Gonzalez, eighth in the 100-meter hurdles for underclassmen (21.67) and ninth in the 300-meter hurdles for sophomores and freshmen (1:03.23); and Rosario Rodriguez, third in the freshman/sophomore shot put event (28-0).

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