PASCO - It had been at least a decade since a Sunnyside track male athlete placed at the Pasco Invitational, but this past Saturday two Grizzly boys placed at the Pasco event.
Eduardo Salmeron earned third place honors for the Sunnyside boys in the triple jump with a leap of 43-2. The event was won by Lakewood's Justin Peterson at 44-4.
The other Grizzly to place at Pasco was Eric Amaro in the javelin with an eighth place toss of 169-5. The junior earned his place on the podium by outdueling Justin Beal of Deer Park, who finished in ninth at 163-5.
Sunnyside track Coach Darren Mezger was pleased to have two athletes reach the podium after such a long dry spell for the Grizzlies.
"They're the first Sunnyside (boy) athletes in about 10 years to place, and to have two people place is great," he said.
Mezger wasn't surprised, though.
"Those two guys are ranked fourth in the state (among 3A schools) in their events," Mezger said of Amaro in the javelin and Salmeron in the triple jump.
Mezger said the Grizzlies didn't take many athletes to Pasco, in part because of Sunnyside's late spring break and because the Pasco Invite requires athletes to reach certain marks to qualify. In addition, schools can only enter one athlete in each event.
By placing, Amaro and Salmeron earned a total of seven points for Sunnyside's boys, good for 37th place in the field of 60 schools competing in Pasco. Mead earned overall team honors in boys competition with 68 points, followed by Wenatchee with 55 points. Hanford was the highest placing boys team from the CBBN with 23 points for seventh place honors.
Sunnyside returns to action in a dual meet at West Valley this coming Thursday.