MABTON - The Mabton High School boys and girls track teams had their first head-to-head competition of the season yesterday (Tuesday), taking on the Wahluke Warriors.
The boys, led by Vicente Mireles, Enrique Reyna, Gus Martinez and Jesus Huecias, scored early and often as they beat Wahluke 80-39. The girls team, which fields only three athletes, lost 50-37.
Martinez picked up two wins in yesterday's boys meet. He won the 110m hurdles with a time of 18.87.
"This is the first time he has run the 110m hurdles," Mabton Coach Scott Sexton said. "He got first place with a very respectable time."
Martinez took first place in the javelin throw, as well, with a distance of 150-8.5. He also placed fourth in the discus throw.
Mireles took first place honors in the 800m event with a time of 2:23. He also placed second in the 1600m event with a time of 4:59.
Huecias won the 300m hurdles with a time of 46.25.
"This was also Huecias' first time running the event," Sexton said. "He needs work on his jumping but his speed between the hurdles was enough for him to win the race."
Huecias also placed second in the high jump when he cleared 4-8.
Reyna was the last Viking boy to notch a win. He won the 3200m event with a time of 10:55.
Noe Gutierrez did well for the Vikings. He had three second place finishes on the day.
Gutierrez placed second in the 100m event with a time of 12.07. He was also second in the long jump with a distance of 17-1. His distance of 37-8.5 in the triple jump was also good for second place.
Joes Lopez gave the Vikings a second place finish in the 200m event with a time of 26.57.
On the girls' side, Mabton was led by Cassandra Madrigal. She won the long jump with a distance of 13-10. She also placed first in the triple jump with a distance of 30-6.5. She placed second in the 100m with a time of 13.44.
Margarita Gutierrez gave the Lady Vikings a win in the 800m event with a time of 2:48.50. She was second in the 400m event with a time of 1:06.84. Both times were personal records for Gutierrez.
"She ran very well," Sexton said. "She's been working real hard in practice, trying to get to State in two events."
The Vikings will host the Bob Summer Invitational this Saturday, April 24, at 11 a.m.