BENTON CITY - Viking Adrian Gutierrez is headed to the 1A State meet in Cheney on Friday, May 25, and Saturday, May 26.
Gutierrez will be competing in the javelin after a strong performance at the SCAC District Meet at Kiona-Benton yesterday (Thursday), in which he earned fourth place honors.
The Mabton junior threw 153-10. First place finisher Matt Hadley of Connell recorded a throw of 198-11.
"This is a tremendous achievement for Adrian and the culmination of three years of hard work," said Mabton Coach Scott Sexton. "Adrian deserves every bit of this accomplishment because he has put in the work for three seasons, asked the right questions and made the necessary adjustments to reach his goal of competing at the State tournament."
Gutierrez also competes in discus, but did not qualify to compete in the event at the District meet.
"After last week's disappointment in the discus at sub-districts, Adrian focused this week in practice and was able to pull off some great throws in the javelin," said Sexton. "Assistant coach and throws coach Jim Pillers was equally pleased with Adrian's performance and gives Adrian high praise for his accomplishment."
Also throwing in the javelin for Mabton at District yesterday was senior Fidel Ortega, who placed 15th with a throw of 121-3.
"The other five (Mabton) athletes that competed at Districts gave us strong performances but were unable to reach the top finishes that would qualify them for State," said Sexton.
"However, they all had great seasons and we are equally as pleased and proud of them also."
Viking junior Jose Lopez competed in the 400 meters and crossed the line seventh in 56.55. Winner Angel Rodriguez of Zillah ran the distance in 50.78 seconds.
In the 3200 meters, Mabton sophomore Angel Reyna completed the race in 12:53.31 to earn 16th place honors. The winner of the event was Matt Schwittay of LaSalle (10:07.21).
Isaiah Martinez, another Viking sophomore, placed 13th in the long jump with a distance of 17-7. The top finisher, Jacob Oswalt of Granger, jumped 20-6.5.
On the girls side, Mabton freshman Alyssa Nash took ninth in the javelin with a throw of 76-3. Kennidi Whitby of Connell threw 122-1 for first-place honors.
"It has been a learning season for athletes and coaches as well because of a young team and inexperience," said Sexton. "But we are pleased with the athletes that we had and look forward to coaching them next season."
The top four finishers in each boys event at District qualified to move on to State. For the girls, only the top three finishers from District advance to State.