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Bickleton freshman makes her mark at five-school meet

BENTON CITY - Only a freshman, Bickleton's Lindsay Brown turned in a whale of an effort at yesterday's five-school SCAC track and field meet hosted by Kiona-Benton High School.

The BHS Lady Pirates were the only 1B team competing at the 1A girls meet.

Brown bested the field in the 300m hurdles, and brought home three runner-up finishes, as well.

In the longer of the two hurdles races, the Bickleton freshman sprinted over the barriers to the finish line in a time of 51.85 seconds. Lady Pirate teammate Jamie Venema, a junior, was on her heels to record a second-place finish with a clocking of 52.79.

Venema, herself, was a winner Tuesday afternoon, claiming top honors in the long jump with a leap of 14-9.5. That was two inches further than the runner-up performance of Connell's Madison Riner. Venema also placed third in the 100-meter dash. Her time of 13.93 seconds was three-quarters of a second back of the winner, Shanda Korrell of Connell.

The freshman Brown notched her second-place finishes in the 100m hurdles, the high jump and the triple jump.

In the 100m hurdles, Brown clocked a time of 18.47, approximately three-tenths of a second behind Columbia-Burbank's Harley McBride.

Brown's second-place effort in the high jump, a leap of 4-10, was only bested by McBride, who got over the bar at 5-0.

In the triple jump, Brown's final second-place showing, she flew a distance of 29-7. The winner, Ki-Be's Cierra Torp, turned in an effort of 29-9.

The one other Top-3 finish claimed by the Bickleton girls came in the shot put. Junior Haley Goodnight heaved the shot a distance of 27-4.25. The only two better throws came from Kendall Watts of Ki-Be (31-5.5) and kennidi Whitby of Connell (28-5.25).

From a team scoring standpoint, Bickleton's girls bested Columbia-Burbank and Mabton by scores of 55-48 and 68-9, respectively.

The short-handed Mabton girls' team, which dropped all four of its match-ups yesterday, got its best finish on the day from freshman Elena Rodriguez, who was eighth in the javelin (47-8).

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