MOXEE - In its first action of the 2011 season, the Grandview High School track team started strong with several good showings at the Papa Wells Invite at East Valley High School.
No team scores were kept at the event.
Competing against a field that included 3A and 4A schools, the 2A Greyhounds had two boys and one girl that produced top-10 finishes.
In girls competition, Adriana Ramos was Grandview's highest placer with fourth-place honors in the high jump with a mark of 4-6. Ronnie Hulce of Waitsburg-Prescott took top honors with a leap of 4-10.
Ramos, a senior, accounted for the Grandview girls other placing in the top 10, throwing the javelin 90-2 to finish in 10th place. Kelsie Taylor of Naches Valley captured the top spot with a throw of 112-4.
There were some other notable efforts by the Grandview girls, including Kaitee Eucker's 12th place finish in the 3,200 meters in a time of 13:49.96.
Grandview's girls 400 relay team also competed well, as the team of Crystal Navarro, Brandy Atkinson, Anjhelica Ampil and Isabel Islas placed 12th in a time of 1:00.36.
In boys competition, Grandview senior Javier Neri ran a personal best time of 10:35.74 to claim seventh place honors in the 3,200. That event was won by Eisenhower's Santos Vargas in 10:06.85.
Greyhound Coach David Gibb said Neri also ran a personal best time in the 1,600 meters, good for 12th place in 4:56.51.
Kevin Vasquez was Grandview's other top-10 placer, recording a personal best throw of 141-7 in the javelin to bring home seventh place honors.
Derek Byrne of Riverside Christian captured first place in the javelin with a throw of 173-5.
"Our freshmen did very well, too, they stepped up," said Gibb. He singled out freshman Alex Soberanes for praise in the freshman/sophomore 1,600 race as he ran a time of 5:29.88 to finish in 13th place.
Gibb also praised freshman Josiah Saenz, who ran in the 200-meter varsity race and posted a 21st-place time of 25.96.
The 1A Mabton Vikings track team took 11 athletes to the Papa Wells Invite. Mabton's best showing came in the boys triple jump where last year's State qualifier Noe Gutierrez recorded a mark of 40-3, good for sixth-place honors.
"That's real promising for him," said Coach Scott Sexton. "That's better than the mark he had at the end of last year."
Nate VanTuinen of Riverside Christian won the triple jump in 44-1.5.
Mabton brothers Emilio and Vicente Mireles also made their mark at East Valley.
Emilio Mireles, a junior, finished 23rd in the 800 in a time of 2:20, but Sexton said that mark would be very competitive against SCAC teams. "Comparing it to our opponents in the league season that's very respectable," he said.
Vicente Mireles, a sophomore, claimed fourth place honors in the freshman/sophomore 1,600 race in 5:06.67. "He beat all of our league competitors. That was a great race for him to start with," said Sexton. The race was won by Carter Svendsen of Eisenhower in 4:50.49.
Another positive for the Mabton boys, Sexton noted, is the Vikings had two marks in the javelin over 100 feet. Fidel Ortega recorded a throw of 119-6, good for 28th place, and Frank Martinez tossed the javelin 116-11 for 32nd place.
"They're both already throwing in the low hundreds. They could be competitive this season," Sexton said.
Mabton only had one girl compete at East Valley, Cassandra Madrigal. The junior has qualified for State the past two seasons, but was hampered by a quad muscle this past Saturday.
Her best showing was in the triple jump, where her mark of 30-4.75 was good for eighth place honors. Kelly Snyder of Naches Valley won the event with a leap of 33.-10.75.
"We had some promising marks and overall we're just excited for the rest of the season," said Sexton. "The kids have an excellent attitude.