EAST WENATCHEE - The Sunnyside boys track team picked up its first win of the season, an 83-58 effort against Moses Lake at a track meet in East Wenatchee yesterday (Thursday) that featured Sunnyside, Eastmont, Wenatchee and Moses Lake. The boys lost to Wenatchee 100-45 and to Eastmont 83-62.
The Sunnyside boys were led by Kennedy Sarmiento, Jose Barajas and Brian Bennett.
Sarmiento took first in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.35. Sunnyside Coach Darren Mezger said this is his best time of the season and he is almost where he was last season. The time is the No.1 ranking in the region.
He placed second in the 300m hurdles, losing by one hundredth of a second to Wenatchee's Nick Hunt, who finished the event in 41.26.
"That was a nail biter," Mezger said.
Barajas placed first in the shot put event. His throw of 42-6.5 was almost two feet better than Moses Lake's Brandon Bradley's toss.
In the discus event, Bennett improved on his season best by nine feet to mark 125-6 on his first place throw.
"He stepped up and threw well," Mezger said.
Teammate Andres Cantu was fourth with a distance of 116-7.
Cantu also had a personal record in the javelin throw with a distance of 135-2. Despite improving by 12 feet he still finished sixth. Eastmont's Pat Jacobus won the event with a distance of 155-10.
Elias Medrano also had a good day for Sunnyside. He was third in the 100m dash with a time of 11.47. He was also third in the 200m event with a time of 22.73. Both times were personal records for him. His 200 time is the second best in the region.
"He was studly yesterday," Mezger said.
Sarmiento also had a fourth place finish in the 100m dash with a time of 11.50.
Medrano took second place in the 400m. His time of 51.40 was just behind Wenatchee's Lucas Sealby's 49.56.
Juan Reynoso gave Sunnyside a third place finish in the 1600m event with a time of 4:50.16. He also placed second in the 3200m with a time of 10:36.94. Teammate Nathan Gonzalez was third with a time of 10:38.68.
Other notable performances by the Sunnyside boys team were from Eduardo Salmeron, who placed fourth in the high jump and from Ryan Rice, who placed fifth in the pole vault.
On the girls side the Lady Grizzlies lost to all three teams but the highlight was Katie Herndon's school record leap in the pole vault. She won the event when she cleared 9-3. She beat the old Sunnyside High School record by three inches. Wenatchee's Hannah Leiber was second with a height of 8-6.
Herndon took fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 30-11.75. The event was won by Eastmont's Taylor Reynolds's distance of 34-10.25.
Tanya Lugo of Sunnyside finished third in the 100m with a time of 13.93. Teammate Ashley Montes was fourth with a time of 13.96. Both times were personal bests for them. The event was won by Ashley Sharp of Wenatchee with a time of 12.92.
Sunnyside's Marisa Broersma placed third in the 400m with a time of 1:02.82. She was also fifth in the 200m with a time of 28.28.
Kendra Meeker continued her run in the shot put. She gave Sunnyside a second place finish with a heave of 31-10, which was a personal record for her. Her distance is No. 1 in the district and No. 3 in the region. Teammate Kendra Hollmeyer was sixth with a distance of 27-8. The event was won by Moses Lake's Sadie Nielsen when she threw for a distance of 32-4.5.
Meeker was also second in the discus throw with a distance of 91-8. She was bested by Moses Lake's Nielsen's throw of 107-6.
Other notable performances were Broersma clearing 4-4 in the high jump for fourth place and Lugo, Janet Gomez, Celia Vargas and Broersma teaming up for a second place finish in the 4x400 relay.
Sunnyside will next compete at the Prosser Invite on Saturday, April 24, at noon.