ROYAL CITY - Mabton's Noe Gutierrez ruled at the Royal Invite this past Saturday.
Gutierrez claimed first-place honors in the triple jump with a leap of 39-10 to spark the Mabton boys to an eighth place finish with 34.5 points. Zillah had the top total overall in boys competition with a score of 106 points.
Gutierrez, a senior, also recorded a third-place mark in the long jump at 18-6. He missed second-place honors by just an inch behind Adam Collins of Chewelah. The event was won by Granger's Jacob Oswalt at 19 feet.
"Noe had a great day," said Mabton Coach Scott Sexton. "His triple jump mark is consistent with what he's been doing this season. If he can stay in the low 40s that will earn him a shot at State."
The Mabton boys were also sparked by Jose Lopez, who was fifth in the 400 with a time of 57.7. The event was won by Soap Lake's David Coreas in 52.8.
Sexton said that was the first time Lopez had run the 400 meters. The time posted on Saturday is already the sixth best in the SCAC this season, the coach added. "We're pumped about that," Sexton said.
Another bright spot for the Viking boys is the 4x400 relay team of Jesus Huecias, Gutierrez, as well as brothers Emilio and Vicente Mireles, which claimed fourth-place honors with a time of 3:55.4. Zillah's foursome finished in first place with a time of 3:40.42.
"They shaved a second off their time and that puts them in contention with other teams in our league," said Sexton. "We haven't had a relay team in a few years and these guys are looking good."
Also earning top-10 finishes for the Vikings were Huecias in the 300 hurdles (sixth in 45.10), Vicente Mireles in the 1,600 (sixth in 5:00.34), Emilio Mireles in the 1,600 (seventh in 5:01.29) and Fidel Ortega in the javelin (ninth at 120-2).
Vicente Mireles was also seventh in the 800 with a clocking of 2:16.20.
In girls competition, the lone Lady Viking, Cassandra Madrigal, recorded an overall finish of 15th place in team scoring with nine points. Naches Valley claimed the top team spot in girls action with 101.5 points.
Madrigal earned fourth-place honors in the triple jump with a leap of 29-9.25. The event was won by Kelly Snyder of Naches Valley with a mark of 33-9.
Madrigal also competed in the long jump, where she posted a fifth place mark of 13-9, an event also won by Snyder at 15-2.50.
"Normally she would have run the 100 and 200, but her leg is still pretty sore," Sexton said of a quad muscle injury in Madrigal's right leg.
Mabton competes in its first SCAC East league meet of the season tomorrow, Tuesday, at Kiona-Benton.