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BHS boys, girls both place sixth at nine-team invite

CASHMERE - Junior Mitchell Powers and freshman Lindsay Brown came away with Bickleton's top finishes at a nine-school track and field invitational staged in Cashmere last Friday.

Team-wise, both the Pirate boys and girls squads placed sixth. Bickleton's boys tallied 35 points in finishing sixth, well behind host Cashmere's first-place point total of 199. Cashmere also won the girls team title with 196 points. Bickleton's girls accumulated 32 points.

The junior Powers returned to Bickleton with a second-place performance in the boys high jump, despite getting over the bar when it was set at 5-6, the same mark posted by the winner, Cashmere freshman Kendall Getchell.

The underclassman Brown also turned in a runner-up performance for Bickleton. And like Powers, her second-place effort came in the high jump. Brown cleared the bar at 4-8, just two inches shy of the winning 4-10 mark set by Cashmere senior Jozie Kimes.

Brown, too, notched three other Top-5 finishes for the Bickleton girls last Friday.

In the 300m hurdles she placed third in a time of 56.22 seconds. Brown's clocking was well back of the top two runners, though, as Kimes and Entiat junior Heather Segle crossed the finish line in 48.65 and 49.10 seconds, respectively.

Brown was fourth in the girls triple jump with a leap of 29-10. The winner, Cashmere sophomore Jesica Bauer, had a triple jump of 32-11.

The one other Top-5 finish claimed by the Bickleton freshman came in the girls 100m hurdles. Brown placed fifth with a clocking of 18.82 seconds. Cashmere's Kime, again, was the winner, crossing the finish line in 16.63 seconds.

The only other Bickleton girl to score Top-5 finishes at the meet was junior Jamie Venema, who was third in both the high jump (4-6) and pole vault (8-0). The top pole vaulter on the day was Cashmere's Bauer (9-0).

Besides Powers' runner-up finish for the Bickleton boys team in the high jump, the Pirates received a pair of third-place performances from senior Nic Venema, and another third-place finish by junior Taylor Brown.

Venema's highlights came in the 110m hurdles and pole vault. His hurdles time was 17.51 seconds, topped only by runner-up Erick Oscarson of Chelan (17.19) and Joey Michael of Cashmere (16.13). In the pole vault, Venema had a leap of 11-0. The two vaulters who bested him were Cashmere's Brad Wood (13-0) and James Stolhammer (11-0).

The junior Brown recorded his third-place performance for the Pirates in the boys 300m hurdles. He had a clocking of 46.79 seconds, just a quarter of a second back of second-place finishing Manny Munoz of Chelan. The winning time was 42.79 seconds, set by the Cashmere senior, Michael.

The only other Bickleton boy to notch a Top-5 finish in the individual events was freshman Clint Strader, who cleared the bar at 7-6 in the pole vault for the fifth best effort on the day.

The Bickleton track and field squads are not scheduled to compete again until Tuesday, April 10. That day, the 1B Pirates will be allowed to compete at a 1A SCAC league meet in Benton City.

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