YAKIMA - The Sunnyside boys track team tied Seattle Prep for fifth place honors at the 36th annual Don Holder Relays Track & Field Invitational this past Saturday. Twenty-three teams competed at the event hosted by the Eisenhower Cadets.
"I was pretty happy with that," Sunnyside Coach Darren Mezger said. "There were a lot of personal records. The boys tying for fifth is pretty promising."
The girls placed 14th out of 20 teams, which was mostly due to inexperience.
"The girls are really young," Mezger said. "They've got some work to do."
Some of the events were done relay style, where three members of a team would compete and then the total score was added up. The Sunnyside boys placed second in the long jump relay behind Glacier Peak's combined total of 54-10.25. Sunnyside's Kennedy Sarmiento, Rafael Salmeron and Elias Medrano combined for a total distance of 54-9.
Jose Barajas, Andy Cantu and Omar Cantu combined to give Sunnyside a fourth place finish in the boys discus relay. Their combined effort was 338-8. Newport-Bellevue won the event with a combined distance of 359-3.
In the individual events Sunnyside's Medrano placed sixth in the 100m with a time of 11.80. The event was won by Abbotsford's Jared Heldman, who had a time of 11.07.
"Elias (Medrano) had one of the worst starts ever," Mezger said. "He still managed to come back and get sixth place, though. The way he came back and competed, I was impressed."
Sunnyside's Sarmiento was ninth in the event with a time of 11.96.
Medrano took first in the 400m event with a time of 51.63.
In the 110m hurdles Sunnyside's Alvin Lopez was eighth with a time of 19.86. Brenden Casel of Henry Jackson High School won the event with a time of 17.60.
Sarmiento placed second in the 300m hurdles with a time of 41.36. He was bested by Abbotsford's Jared Heldman, who ran the event in 40.57.
Sarmiento, Medrano, Audiel Sanchez and Sergio Lugo teamed up to place ninth in the 4x400 relay. Their combined time was 3:41.91. The event was won by Hernan Farias, Austin Koons, Tyler Erickson and Clay Hammontree of Cedarcrest High School.
In the shot put event Sunnyside's Barajas placed 10th with a distance of 41-2.5. Daniel Hughes of Chiawana won the event with a throw of 49-6.
Also earning a top ten finish for the Sunnyside boys was Jesse Hernandez, who placed 10th in the pole vault event when he cleared 11 feet. Marcus Schooley of Davis won the event when he cleared 14 feet.
Medrano scored himself an eighth place finish in the long jump when he jumped 18-8.5. Heldman of Abbotsford won the event with a distance of 22-3.75.
On the girl's side Katie Herndon placed fourth for Sunnyside in the triple jump with a distance of 31-10. Aisha Klippenstien of Abbotsford won the event with a jump of 35 feet.
Tanya Lugo of Sunnyside placed ninth in the long jump with a distance of 14-0.5. Lindsay Burns of West Valley won the event when she jumped 17-1.5.
Herndon placed sixth in the pole vault event for Sunnyside. She cleared eight feet. The event was won by Catherine Tomber of Henry Jackson High School when she cleared 9-6.
Marisa Broersma gave Sunnyside a fourth place finish in the high jump when she cleared 4-6. The winning height was 5-2, cleared by Sadie Sparks of Chiawana High School.
In the 4x100 relay, Ayla Schmick, Tanya Lugo, Ashley Montes and Ana Lugo of Sunnyside teamed up to place 10th with a time of 54.81. The event was won by Lizzie Blanchard, Beth Klingele, McKenzie Arnold and Shanai Campbell of Eisenhower.
The Sunnyside girls' other top 10 finish in individual events was claimed by Celia Vargas, who placed eighth in the 800m with a time of 2:41.15. Katie Bianchini of Glacier Peak won the event with a time of 2:21.71.
In the relay long jump Schmick, Ana Lugo and Tanya Lugo placed third for Sunnyside with a combined jump of 41-1.25. The team from Henry Jackson won the event with a combined jump of 42-1.
Sunnyside will host West Valley, Pasco and Kamiakin on Thursday, April 8. The meet begins at 3:30 p.m.