Venema three-time winner for Bickleton High girls at Toppenish invitationa

TOPPENISH - No one came away with more wins in the girls portion of last Friday's Top-Hi Track & Field Invitational than Bickleton junior Jamie Venema.

A three-time winner, Venema captured top honors in the 200-meter run, the pole vault and the long jump.

Lady Pirate Lindsay Brown, only a freshman, gave her teammate a run for her money, however, as the underclassman notched a pair of victories of her own.

The five victories between them gave the Bickleton girls more first-place finishes than any of the five other schools competing last Friday in the non-scoring invite.

In racing to the 200m victory, Venema blew away the competition. She clocked a time of 28.79 seconds, nearly a second and a half quicker than the next closest finisher, Riverside Christian's Kyla DeSanto.

In the girls pole vault, Venema again was the clear winner. She had a vault of 8-0, six inches higher than the second-place effort of Selah's Kylie Ergeson.

Venema was even more dominating in the girls long jump. She sprung out into the pit with a leap of 14-4.5. The runner-up, Davis High School's Laurel Villeges, was a distant second with a jump of 13-3.5.

The freshman Brown claimed her victories in the 300m hurdles and high jump. She sped to a first-place clocking of 51.01 seconds in the hurdles event, clipping April Soelberg of Riverside Christian by six one-hundredths of a second for top honors. In the high jump, Brown got over the bar at 4-8 to best all comers.

Brown, too, posted a second-place finish in the 100m hurdles with a clocking of 18.48 seconds. Riverside Christian's Soelberg had the winning time of 18.30 seconds.

The one other Lady Pirate to score a Top-4 finish last Friday was freshman Kelsey Spalding. Competing in the 400-meter run, she set the fourth fastest time (1:39.00). Kennedy Mattern of Toppenish, who was also on the winning 4x400 relay squad, placed first in the 400m with a clocking of 1:05.07.


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