SPOKANE - And then there were two.
The Sunnyside High School track team sent 16 athletes to the Regional meet in Spokane this past weekend, but it will be only two Grizzlies who move onto State competition this Friday in Tacoma.
Sophomore Eric Amaro and junior Miguel Guzman finished 2-3 in the 800g javelin throw. Amaro threw for a distance of 167-4 and Guzman threw for 166 feet even. The event was won by Hanford's Cameron Wagar, who threw 183-7.
"Both had a great shot," Sunnyside High School Coach Darren Mezger. "They competed well. Next year they should go 1-2 in the region."
Mezger said if both Amaro and Guzman record personal records at this coming Friday's State meet, they both have a chance to medal. The javelin throw will take place this Friday, May 27, at 4 p.m., at Mt. Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
Sunnyside's Eduardo Salmeron barely missed a trip to the State meet in the triple jump. Salmeron recorded a distance of 42-4, just one inch off of Shane Concepcion's distance of 42-5. If Salmeron could have tied the Mt. Spokane athlete he would have edged him in the placing due to an earlier better jump. Concepcion joined teammates Dane Larson (1st) and Trevor Kissinger (2nd) in the Mt. Spokane sweep.
Salmeron missed a chance to advance to State but did break a Sunnyside High School sophomore record with his jump. The previous record was 42-2.
"He's just a sophomore," Mezger said of Salmeron. "He'll get stronger over the summer and come back with more drive. He still has two years left and has a chance to be a State athlete for the next two years."
Marisa Broersma of Sunnyside gave it her all in the 400 meters. She broke the one-minute mark for the first time with a time of 59.94 in the 400m prelims. In the finals, she placed sixth with a time of 1:01.58.
"She just didn't have any legs left," Mezger said.
Another Grizzly making a strong attempt at qualifying for State was Jorge Ramirez. He finished seventh in the 200m and fifth in the 110m hurdles.
Only the top three placers at Regionals moved onto State.
Juan Reynoso also gave it a go. He placed seventh in the 3200m with a time of 9:52.20, a full 16 seconds better than his personal best. Reynoso was also seventh in the 1600m.
Mellissa Amaro, the other Lady Grizzly making a run at a State appearance, placed sixth in the 600g javelin with a throw of 104-4.
In team scoring the Sunnyside boys finished in seventh out of 12 teams with 31 points. North Central of Spokane won the Regional title with 123 points on the boys side.
The Sunnyside girls finished in 11th place out of 11 teams with 10 points. The Kamiakin Lady Braves won the Regional title with 94.5 points.