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Medrano, Kennedy, Herndon lead Grizzlies at Pasco invite

PASCO - Eleven members from the Sunnyside High School track team went up against more than 50 other schools and some of the best athletes in Washington, Oregon and Idaho this past Saturday at the annual Pasco Invite.

The competition was so fierce the Grizzlies didn't manage to score a point.

"I don't think we've scored a point there in a long time," Sunnyside Coach Darren Mezger said.

Sunnyside couldn't field its whole team due to a standard athletes must meet to be eligible to compete at the Pasco Invite.

Elias Medrano led the Grizzlies with a ninth place finish in the 400m with a time of 51.14.

"He ran in lane 10 and only finished three-tenths of a second off his personal record," Mezger said. "That's pretty impressive."

Medrano just missed out on competing in the 200m finals event. He finished tied with Ellensburg's Sungyoung Lee with a time of 23.14. Because Lee finished with a higher placing in his qualifying heat, he got the nod and Medrano was pushed out to 11th place, missing the 200m finals.

Sunnyside's Kennedy Sarmiento finished ninth in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.48. Walla Walla's Garrett Gerling won the event with a time of 14.73.

"He ran a solid time," Mezger said. "I'm proud of Elias and Kennedy for the way they competed on the big stage."

Sarmiento also placed 17th in the 300m hurdles with a time of 41.40.

In other boys competitions, Sunnyside's Jose Barajas finished 31st in the shot put with a distance of 42-9. Teammate Andres Cantu was 21st in the discus throw with a distance of 119-11.

Sunnyside's Katie Herndon led the girls at Pasco. She finished tied for 17th in the pole vault when she cleared nine feet. The event was won by Mead's Tasha Clark when she cleared 12-3.

Mezger said Herndon tied a school record with her performance and had a couple of good attempts at 9-6.

Herndon also finished 35th in the triple jump with a distance of 30-0.5.

Sunnyside's Ayla Schmick was 37th in the long jump with a distance of 14-10. Kendra Meeker gave Sunnyside a 32nd place finish in the discus throw with a distance of 90-8.

The last Sunnyside girl to compete was Marisa Broersma, who placed 28th in the 400 meters. Her time of 1:03.84 is a personal record for her. Kentlake's Madelayne Varela won the event with a time of 57.94.

The Sunnyside track team will next compete in Wenatchee on Thursday, April 22, when the Grizzlies compete against Eastmont, Moses Lake and Wenatchee.

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