PROSSER - Juniors Eric Amaro and Eduardo Salmeron, claiming victories in the javelin and long jump, powered the Sunnyside High School boys track and field team to a fifth-place finish at last Saturday's 15-school Prosser Rotary Invitational.
"I'm pretty proud of the boys finishing fifth," said Sunnyside Coach Darren Mezger, who noted his team was missing several athletes due to illness.
Amaro easily bested the competition in the javelin. His winning throw of 177 feet-even was more than 13 feet further than the runner-up performance of Rodolfo Cruz of Prosser (163-7).
In the boys long jump, Salmeron also was the clear winner. He flew into the pit a distance of 20-7, six and a quarter inches further than second-place finishing Ryan Young of Hanford (20.0.75).
Salmeron, too, garnered a runner-up finish for the Grizzlies in the triple jump. His performance of 42-1.75 was just three and three-quarter inches back of the winner, Prosser's Riley Haringa.
Salmeron added one more Top-5 finish to his credits last Saturday, placing fourth in the high jump with a leap of 5-8. Prosser senior Wade French had the winning leap of 5-10.
SHS senior Miguel Guzman tallied team points for the Grizzlies with his third-place showing in the javelin (161-7), bested only by his teammate Amaro and Prosser's Cruz.
Mezger said Guzman, who qualified for the 3A State meet last season in the javelin, is just now getting back into form.
In the 110m hurdles event, Sunnyside's boys got fourth and fifth-place performances from Elijah Pena and Amaro, respectively. Pena's time was 16.32, Amaro had a clocking of 16.39. Hanford senior Joseph Collett won the sprint with a clocking of 14.67 seconds. For Pena, his 16.32 clocking was a personal best.
Eduardo Cuevas had the only other Top-5 finish for Sunnyside. The junior placed fourth in the 400m, clocking a time of 53.88. Ignacio Ibarra of Wapato won in 50.80 seconds.
In the team standings last Saturday, Hanford's boys came out on top with 142 points. The host Mustangs were second with a team tally of 102. Sunnyside placed fifth with 56 points. Grandview and Bickleton were 13th and 14th, respectively, with 12 and 5 points.
The GHS Greyhounds were unable to secure a Top-5 finish in any of the events. Grandview, did, however, get one sixth-place and two seventh-place showings from senior Daniel Lara. In the long jump, Lara was sixth (18-11). He placed seventh in the triple jump (38-10) and seventh in the 400m (54.17).
Greyhound teammates Jose Velazquez and Alex Soberanes finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 3200-meter run with clockings of 10:59.77 and 11:10.12. The winning 3200m time was 9:45.00, clocked by Jeffrey Ott of Ellensburg.
The two standouts for Bickleton last Saturday were Peter Clinton and Nic Venema. The duo claimed fifth and seventh-place honors in the pole vault with identical efforts of 11-6. For Clinton, his vault of 11-6 was a personal best. The winning pole vault of 13-6 was recorded by Zane Irvine of West Valley.