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Herrera, Lara combine for 5-of-6 victories notched by GHS boys

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Andy Rodriguez, a Grandview High School sophomore, stretches skyward in his attempt to clear the pole vault bar at 10 feet, 6 inches. Rodriguez placed second yesterday in the event, just six inches short of the winner.

GRANDVIEW - The Greyhounds' final tune-up before next week's CWAC District track and field meet showed that Grandview's boys are on the cusp of putting it all together at the right time.

Hosting a four-school CWAC meet yesterday at Rich Leenhouts Stadium, the GHS boys came away with six victories. Five of those wins were secured by junior Herman Herrera and senior Daniel Lara.

The Greyhound tracksters also received some pretty strong efforts from the likes of Angel Abarca, Jose Velazquez and Andy Rodriguez.

Competing against the boys squads from East Valley, Othello and Toppenish, Grandview turned in, from a team standpoint, arguably one of its best performances of the spring Wednesday afternoon.

Herrera claimed the first of his three victories on the day in the 100-meter sprint. The GHS junior clipped teammate Jose Castilleja by a healthy quarter of a second in the dash. The Greyhound one-two punch clocked times of 11.54 and 11.79 to post the two fastest times from the 32-runner field. The next closest finisher was East Valley freshman Derek DeLeon, who crossed the finish line in 12.07 seconds.

Herrera and Castilleja also teamed with Abarca and Rodriguez to win going away in the boys 4x100 relay. The foursome sped to a clocking of 45.49 seconds, more than six-tenths of a second ahead of the runner-up squad from Toppenish.

The third win Herrera claimed yesterday came in the javelin. And, he got the victory by an even bigger margin over his counterparts than in his two previous wins. Herrera recorded a throw of 149-0. Toppenish senior Juan Alcala had the second best toss of the afternoon, but it was well back of the winning distance as the Wildcat could only get the spear to fly 140 feet, 5 inches.

Lara, the senior, posted his two victories for the 'Hounds in the long jump and triple jump.

He managed to leap a full foot further than the runner-up, teammate Austin George, with a winning long jump of 18-11. Lara was even more impressive in the triple jump, recording an effort of 37-10. The second-place finisher, Aaron Suarez of Othello, only could muster a performance of 35-11.

Lara, too, walked off with second-place honors in the 400-meter run. He clocked a time of 53.55 seconds, second only to Clinton Olivas of East Valley (53.14).

The one other win Grandview's boys claimed yesterday was snatched by sophomore Carlos Ochoa. Competing in the 800m run, Ochoa sped to a clocking of 2:13.17. Othello junior Jose Cabrera was second in a time of 2:15.81.

Abarca, a GHS sophomore, besides getting in on the 4x100 relay victory, scored a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash and was a member of Grandview's runner-up 4x400 relay squad. In the 200m dash, Abarca finished four-tenths of a second behind the winner, Othello's Suarez (24.00). In the 4x400 relay, Abarca teamed with Rodriguez, Lara and Don Munoz for second-place honors.

Rodriguez, a sophomore, came through for Grandview, too, in the pole vault. He placed second with a vault of 10-6. The winning vault was 11-0, recorded by East Valley's DeLeon.

Grandview's Velazquez, also a sophomore, rounded out the highlights for the 'Hounds with second and third-place performances in the 3200m and 1600m runs, respectively. In the longer of the two races, he clocked the second best time of 11:05.26. East Valley freshman Konner Sauve, however, was the clear winner with a clocking of 10:50.23. The 3200m winner was also Suave.

The winners in the five other boys events yesterday, and the top Grandview finisher in each, included:

110m hurdles - 1st-Omar Manzo (T) 15.77

300m hurdles - 1st-Omar Manzo (T) 42.83

Shot put - 1st-Derek Valdez (O) 42-0, 9th-Jose Arreola (G) 33-5

Discus - 1st-Adrian Villasenor (T) 130-9, 7th-(tie) Zach Schloss (G) & Sawyer Schilperoort (G) 98-7

High jump - 1st-Jarred Nidiffer (EV) 5-0

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