MATTAWA - The Mabton boys placed sixth in a seven-team field at the Wahluke Windbreaker Invite in Mattawa last Friday, but they showed progress and set personal records at the meet.
Junior Adrian Gutierrez was the Vikings' outstanding performer again, taking first in the javelin and second in the discus.
In the javelin, Gutierrez threw 155-1 for first place honors ahead of Jared Sabin of Wahluke and his throw of 153-0.
"It was a great battle between the two with Sabin leading all the way," said Mabton Coach Scott Sexton. "It took Adrian's last throw for him to pull off the victory. This is a personal record for Adrian and it is very exciting for us as Adrian consistently improves on his distances from week to week. We are looking for great things from Adrian as the postseason approaches."
Gutierrez set another personal record in the discus, throwing 129-2 for second place honors behind Wahluke's Alberto Cruz, who tossed for 146-7.
Coach Sexton said the distance may be a new school record. "If anyone has documentation to prove otherwise please contact me at the high school."
In the long jump, Viking sophomore Isaiah Martinez took third place honors with a personal record of 17-9 behind first place winner Jacob Oswalt of Granger, who managed a jump of 19-3.5.
"Isaiah has struggled during the season but looked very strong with this jump," said Coach Sexton. "We will continue to work on his mechanics to get him consistent. He definitely has the ability to jump further."
Junior Jose Lopez took third place honors for Mabton in the 400 meters, crossing the line in 55.96 behind top finisher Angel Rodriguez of Zillah and his time of 52.37.
Lopez also took sixth place in the 800 meters with a personal record of 2:20.81 behind winner Cortes Hernandez of Zillah and his time of 2:11.02.
"Although Jose has a tough road in the 400 meters he continues to work hard and prepare for postseason," said Coach Sexton.
Zillah won the meet with 167 points.
Mabton next competes Friday, May 4, at the Naches Invitational.