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Razo, Kollmar GHS standouts at Papa Wells invite

YAKIMA - Seniors Jose Razo and Koty Kollmar turned in the top efforts for the 2A Grandview High School track and field team at last Saturday's Papa Wells Invitational in Yakima.

The early season, non-scoring invite, as tradition dictates, drew a multitude of athletes from small, medium and large-sized schools.

Razo got in a pair of runner-up finishes last Saturday, one of the second-place performances on his own and the other while teaming with three of his Grandview buddies.

In the 400-meter sprint, Razo turned the oval in 53.11 seconds, just a hair over two-tenth's of a second quicker than the third-place finisher, Toppenish's Francisco Villegas (53.34). Riverside Christian's Delwin Bazilme ran away from the 20-athlete field with an eye-popping clocking of 51.73 seconds.

Razo's teammate, sophomore Don Munoz, was able to claim a top 10 finish in the boys 400, recording a time of 57.04 seconds.

The other second-place finish claimed by Razo came in the boys 4x400 relay, which drew a field of 13 squads. Teaming with Kollmar, Jordan Sanchez and Munoz, the quartet covered the 1,600 meters in a time of 3:45.49. The only team to top the Greyhound speedsters in the relay event was the Toppenish foursome of Emelio Gonzales, Villegas, Bernardo Villanueva and Tony Vasquez, who clocked a time of 3:38.86.

Razo, too, managed a fifth-place finish last Saturday while competing in the boys 200-meter sprint. The senior raced to a time of 23.86 seconds. That left him less than three-tenth's of a second off the second-place clocking, recorded by Travis Villegas of Royal City (23.60). The 200 winner proved to be Zillah's Logan Olney, who sped to the finish line in 22.73 seconds.

Kollmar, besides getting in on Grandview's runner-up finish in the 4x400 relay, had a fifth-place performance for the 'Hounds in the 300-meter hurdles. He cleared the barriers in 46.04 seconds. Carl Tilton of Kittitas won the sprint in a time of 44.13 seconds.

Sanchez, another member of Grandview's second-place 4x400 relay squad, notched two other top 10 finishes last Saturday. The senior was sixth in the 800-meters, recording a clocking of 2:13.27. Davis High School's Alberto Melchor won the mid-distance race in a time of 2:04.92. Sanchez garnered a ninth-place finish, as well, in the boys 1,600-meter race. He clocked a 4:54.81, compared to the first-place time of 4:34.48, also set by Melchor of the 4A Pirates.

In the girls events last Saturday, Grandview's top finish came from junior Adriana Ramos. She placed sixth in the high jump with a leap of four feet, eight inches. The winner, Klickitat's Samantha Brewer, had the top effort on the day, a jump of 5-2.

The only other top 10 finishes collected by the Grandview girls squad were notched by juniors Katie Eucker and Yadira Valencia.

Eucker placed ninth in the 3,200-meter run with a clocking of 13:56.39. Wapato's Sammi Blodgett sped to a winning time of 12:05.65.

Valencia was 10th for Grandview in the girls shot put with a heave of 27 feet, 10 and three-quarter inches. The winning throw was recorded by Ephrata's Jordyn Murray (37-10.75).

The Grandview track and field team is scheduled to host an invite of its own tomorrow (Tuesday). As the schedule stands now, it will be the only home meet of the season for the Greyhounds.

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