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Vikes taking 10 to 1A District track meet

BENTON CITY - "We had a great day," Mabton track coach Scott Sexton said of his team's performance at yesterday's Sub-District meet.

So how great was Thursday for the Vikings?

How about so great that Mabton is advancing all 10 of its athletes who competed yesterday to next Friday's District meet.

In boys competition, Mabton's Jesus Huecias captured first-place honors in the 400 with a clocking of 53.89.

"He has not run the 400 all year and he had a fantastic race," Sexton said of Huecias' District-qualifying effort.

Also grabbing the top spot was Noe Gutierrez, as the Viking leaped to a mark of 40 feet in the triple jump.

"He's finally at 40 feet again, that's excellent for him going into Districts," Sexton observed.

Gutierrez was also second in the long jump with a mark of 18-0.5, nipped by first-place finisher Kade Eppich of Connell at 18-4.

Emilio Mireles proved to be a workhorse for the Vikings, advancing to Districts in three different events. He claimed second place honors in the 800 with a time of 2:09.56, just back of the winning time of 2:06.23 posted by Kiona-Benton's Adrian Castellanos.

Mireles was also third in the 1,600 with a clocking of 4:49.53. The event was won by Ethan Tonnemaker of Royal in 4:40.08.

Mireles also participated on Mabton's third-place 4x400 relay team, which finished in 3:44.97. The other three members on the relay team are Mireles' brother, Vicente, as well as Huecias and Jose Lopez.

"The 4x4 team shaved two more seconds off their best time," Sexton said of the foursome.

Vicente Mireles also punched a ticket to District's in the 3,200 where he finished in fifth place with a time of 11:38.39. Teammate Angel Reyna also advanced in the 3,200 with a clocking of 12:33.77.

Mabton's Adrian Gutierrez moved on to Districts in two events, as he finished eighth in the discus at 101-10 and seventh in the javelin at 128-09.

Fidel Ortega also advanced for Mabton with an eighth place finish in the triple jump at 34-2.

In girls competition, Mabton's lone athlete, Cassandra Madrigal, qualified for Districts in two events. She was third in the triple jump at 29-5.75 and sixth in the long jump at 13-1.

"We had a great day yesterday, the kids responded well to the competition and everybody's pretty pumped," Sexton said of his team heading into the SCAC District meet next Friday in Goldendale.

The top three boys placing in each event at District will advance to the State meet, and the top four girls will advance.

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