QUINCY - The Grandview High School boys track and field team may have come up on the short end of the stick at a three-school CWAC meet in Quincy yesterday, but it wasn't for a lack of effort on the part of freshman Herman Herrera and junior Javier Neri.
Herrera and Neri each came away with a pair of victories.
Team-wise, the Greyhound boys squad dropped 96-45 and 72-63 decisions to the host Jackrabbits and Wapato Wolves, respectively.
The freshman Herrera performed admirably enough, however, to serve up hope that Grandview's not-so-distant future may indeed be bright.
A versatile underclassman, Herrera competed in both the fastest of the sprint competitions and a throwing event, the javelin toss.
In the 100-meter dash, the freshman was 13 hundredths of a second quicker than the runner-up, Quincy junior Kevin Rincon. Herrera hit the finishing tape in a time of 12.16 seconds. Rincon's time of 12.29 seconds was six, one-hundredths of a second ahead of third-place finishing Wayne Minthorn of Wapato (12.35). A total of 13 runners competed in the 100-meter run.
Herrera also brought home a first-place finish in the javelin. His throw of 122 feet, 7 inches was five inches further than that of runner-up William Jim of Wapato, a senior. Grandview's Alejandro Ruiz claimed a fourth-place finish from the 14-athlete field with a toss of 114-7.
Neri, a junior, scored his two victories for Grandview in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs.
In the shorter of the two long-distance races, Neri sped to a clocking of 5:05.71. That edged Quincy sophomore Emmanuel Lopez by 1.6 seconds (5:07.30). Grandview's Koty Kollmar also turned in a decent time in the 1,600, finishing fourth from the nine-runner field with a clocking of 5:12.09.
Neri went up against just three other runners in the 3,200, but none of them were any match for the Greyhound. He blew away the competition with a time of 11:30.79. The three Quincy runners who joined him in the long-distance race clocked times ranging from 12:13.67 to 13:13.14.
Grandview's boys also got a first-place performance yesterday from sophomore Dominic Garza. Competing in the triple jump, Garza launched a leap of 38 feet, 6.5 inches. That was four and a half inches further than the jump of Quincy junior Ian Huxtable, the runner-up. Grandview's Daniel Lara was third from the six-person field with an effort of 35-6.
Second-place finishers for Grandview in the boys competitions Wednesday afternoon included senior Jose Razo in the 400-meter sprint. He clocked a time of 54.39 seconds, second only to Eduardo Torres of Wapato (53.53).
The Greyhound 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams also scored runner-up finishes with times of 46.04 and 3:51.11, respectively. A Quincy foursome won the 4x100 (46.02) and the squad from Wapato claimed top honors in the 4x400 (3:38.92).
Grandview's girls in yesterday's CWAC team scoring dropped 108-31 and 60-53 decisions to Quincy and Wapato, respectively.
The only winners for the Grandview girls were juniors Yadira Valencia and Adriana Ramos.
Valencia claimed top honors in the javelin. She got the spear to fly a distance of 92 feet, 4 inches. Her Grandview teammate, Ramos, was second with a throw of 75-11.
Valencia, too, was the second-place finisher in the shot put with a heave of 31-2. The winning throw was 31-9, set by Wapato junior Adrianna Lopez.
Ramos won the high jump for the Grandview girls when she cleared the bar at 4-8. The only other competitor in the high jump yesterday was Quincy freshman Kacie Reynolds, whose best effort on the day was 4-6.
The Lady 'Hounds picked up three second-place finishes yesterday from junior Katie Eucker in the 3,200 (13:48.08), from junior Brandy Atkinson in the long jump (14-8) and from the foursome of Atkinson, Marlee Andrews, Stephanie Soto and Anjhellica Ampil in the 4x100 relay (58.52).
Grandview's track and field team isn't scheduled to compete again until next Thursday, April 22, at a four-school CWAC league meet in Toppenish.