PROSSER - Marisa Broersma turned in the best performances of the day last Saturday at the Prosser Rotary Invitational from amongst the contingent of girls from Sunnyside, Grandview and Bickleton high schools.
Broersma, a Sunnyside Christian High School senior who competes for the Sunnyside High School girls squad because her school does not field a track and field team, brought home two runner-up finishes from the relay competitions. She also nailed down third-place honors in the 400-meter run.
Team-wise, Hanford won the girls title at the 15-school invite last Saturday with a meet-best 105 points, 22 more than second-place finishing Ellensburg. Sunnyside's Lady Grizzlies tied for ninth-place honors with 29 points, Grandview was 14th with five team points and Bickleton brought up the rear with four points.
In circling the 400-meter oval with the third fastest time from a 16-girl field, a clocking of 1:02.40, Broersma came up just 1.9 seconds shy of winning the race. Amy Pfaff of Hanford was the victor in a time of 1:00.50. Prosser's Kolby Childers was second (1:01.00).
Broersma teamed with her sister Brittney, a sophomore, as well as Vanessa Alvarez and Alondra Quezadas to finish second in the 4x100 relay. A dozen squads competed in the event. The Sunnyside foursome toured the oval with a clocking of 51.60 seconds, just six-tenths of a second back of the winners from Prosser.
The same Lady Grizzly foursome also placed second in the 4x200 relay, covering the 800 meters with a clocking of 1:49.53. A squad from Prosser won the relay in 1:45.99.
"The 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams had huge personal bests," said SHS Coach Darren Mezger. "They beat some pretty good teams from throughout our league."
The one other Top-5 finish claimed by Sunnyside at Prosser last Saturday was notched by the younger Broersma sister, Brittney. She placed fourth from a 21-runner field in the 300m hurdles with a clocking of 50.50 seconds. Madison Moore of Prosser had the fastest time, speeding to the finish line in 48.11 seconds.
The Grandview girls' only Top-5 finish came from their 4x400 relay squad of Kassie Prieto, Jamila Shafer, Tania Laurel and Kaysie Kollmar. The foursome posted a time of 4:36.23, good for fourth-place honors. The winning time in the longest of the relays, 4:16.01, was set by a team from Ellensburg.
From an individual standpoint, Grandview got its best finish from freshman Marlen Rojas-Gonzalez. She placed ninth in the 3200m run. Rojas-Gonzalez clocked a time of 15:30.72. The winning time of 12:18.77 was set by Margret Parobek of West Valley.
The Bickleton girls' top performer proved to be freshman Lindsay Brown. Competing in the 100m hurdles, which drew 23 runners, she placed fifth. Her clocking of 17.88 seconds was 1.35 seconds behind the winner, Hanford senior Shelby Covert.
Brown's time of 17.88 in the 100m hurdles snapped a Bickleton school record for the girls, which had stood since 1999. The previous best was 17.99.
"I predict confidently that (Lindsay) will lower that record many times in the next few years, as she is just a freshman," said Bickleton Coach Darrell Lang.
The freshman Brown also managed a ninth-place showing in the high jump with a leap of 4-8. DeSales sophomore Allison Wujek was the winner with a jump of 5-2.