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Six Vikings earn District meet berths

MATTAWA - The Vikings are sending six of their own to the District meet next Thursday after a solid showing at the SCAC East Sub-District meet at Wahluke High School yesterday (Thursday).

Mabton senior Fidel Ortega earned fourth place honors in the javelin, launching the spear 138-9.

Also in the javelin, Viking Adrian Gutierrez threw 133-11 to clinch the seventh spot and a place at Districts. Connell senior Matt Hadley earned the first place spot with a throw of 190-8.

"Although Adrian was our top thrower all year, Fidel stepped up and had some great throws," said Mabton Coach Scott Sexton.

Running in the 400 meters, Mabton junior Jose Lopez crossed the line in 56.39 for fourth place honors behind the winner, Austin Huber of Connell, who finished in 53.52.

"Jose has worked extremely hard all year and deserves this opportunity," said Coach Sexton.

Mabton got a surprise performance out of sophomore Isaiah Martinez in the long jump. He sailed a distance of 18-8.5, a personal record and enough to get him to the District meet. He earned the seventh spot behind winner Rafa Mendoza of Wahluke (20-6).

"This was a great surprise for us because Isaiah has not reached 18 feet this year," said Coach Sexton. "He has worked very hard this past week and his jumps showed the results of that work."

Coming in eighth in the 3200 meters was Viking Angel Reyna, who crossed the finish line in 13:02.98.

"This is also good for Angel because he has had a tough year and this will give him confidence for the upcoming week," said Coach Sexton.

Another great performance was turned in by Mabton freshman Alyssa Nash. In the javelin she threw a new personal record 83-6 for fifth place, topping her former personal record of 77-6 by six feet.

"We knew she had the potential but she has struggled in her first year," said Coach Sexton. "However, she stepped up yesterday and had a great throw."

The team will be headed to the District meet in Benton City on Thursday, May 17.

"We are very excited for the athletes that made it and know they will represent us well next week in Districts," said Coach Sexton. "We will be working on technique this week in practice and will have them prepared to compete. I would like to thank all of our athletes for a great season and am looking forward to next year as always."

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