CHENEY - An untimely injury kept Mabton's Noe Gutierrez from recording a mark in the triple jump during the State 1A track meet this past weekend.
Gutierrez, a senior, was Mabton's only State qualifier.
"He was feeling good," Mabton Coach Scott Sexton explained. "He won Districts (in the triple jump the previous week) and he was having a good warm-up."
But the high hopes came undone in an instant on Gutierrez's next jump attempt.
"Right before the board (marker) he grabbed his hamstring," Sexton said.
Gutierrez received care at a medical tent onsite at the State meet, but even with the ailing leg wrapped Gutierrez was unable to continue with the hamstring injury.
Gutierrez's event at state, the triple jump, was won by Trevor Wood of Lakeside with a leap of 44-5.75. Had he been healthy, Gutierrez would have been a contender to take the podium as one of the top eight marks in the event.
In team scoring, Bellevue Christian won the girls meet with 61 points. Among SCAC schools, Naches was the top finisher with 15 points to end up in 20th place.
Kings led the boys team field with 74 points. The SCAC was well represented with two teams finishing in the top five, as Connell and Zillah tied for fifth-place honors with 33 points each.
Though a disappointing end to the season for Gutierrez and the Vikings, the injury-halted 2011 season was an all-around success.
"We had a great group of kids who worked hard all season," Sexton said of his team, which had three other athletes narrowly miss qualifying for State.
That hard work is a good sign for Mabton's 2012 campaign.
"We're looking to return most of our kids and pick up some more athletes," Sexton said.