YAKIMA - With more than 70 athletes participating, Sunnyside High School was well represented at the season-opening Eisenhower track jamboree this past Saturday.
That includes the Grizzly boys, who had three first-place finishes during the event.
Eric Amaro of SHS captured the top spot in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.1, just bettering the second-place mark of teammate Elijah Pena at 9.2.
Miguel Guzman, a State qualifier last year, showed strong for the Grizzlies in the javelin with a first-place toss of 159-9. Amaro was fifth at 133-11.
Sunnyside's other first-place finish was in the long jump, where Eduardo Salmeron finished on top with a leap of 20-5.25. Salmeron was also fourth in the high jump with a mark of 5-8.
"His goal is to get to State this year and he's off to a good start," Sunnyside Coach Darren Mezger said of Salmeron. "He's going to be pretty solid this year."
Pedro Zagrera earned second-place honors for the Grizzlies in the pole vault by clearing nine feet.
Other standouts for the Grizzly boys included Eduardo and Reyes Cuevas, who were third and fourth respectively in the 300 meters with times of 39.57 and 39.9. The event was won by East Valley's Chris Godfrey in 38.69.
Ryan White of Sunnyside earned fifth place honors in the 100 meter race with a clocking of 12.17. The event was won by Godfrey in 11.74.
Mezger said he was pleased with the number of athletes Sunnyside was able to take to Ike. He says that's a good sign for Grizzly track prospects this year.
"We've got some kids that showed some potential, so we could be pretty tough this year," he said.