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Pirates roll on the river

BOARDMAN, ORE. - Competing against nine larger schools, the Bickleton boys and girls track teams made a big impression at last Saturday's Columbia River Invitational.

The Bickleton boys claimed first-place honors and the girls brought home a third-place team finish at the invite hosted by Riverside High School.

Held at Boardman, Ore., the 10th annual invite featured only two Washington schools, 1B Bickleton and 1A Columbia-Burbank. Oregon schools at the invite ranged in size from roughly 2B to 1A.

The Pirates were paced by Peter Clinton, who earned first-place honors in three events and was runner-up in a third event.

The senior bested the field in the 200 meters with a top time of 24.50, nipping Griswold's Dusty Bennett with a clocking of 24.68.

Clinton was just getting started as he followed that with another close finish in the 400 meters, breaking the tape in 54.40 to finish just ahead of runner-up Albert Smith of Columbia-Burbank at 54.60.

Clinton completed his trifecta with a win in the pole vault, where he overwhelmed the field with a mark of 12-feet even. In second place, two feet back of Clinton's vault, was Bennett at 10-feet even.

The lone runner-up finish for Clinton came in the 100 meters. His time of 11.93 in the sprint was topped only by Irrigon's Ernest Aguilera, who clocked an 11.79.

One other Pirate topped the podium for the Bickleton boys, Nathan Powers, who bested the field with a time of 17.58 in the 110-meter hurdles. The freshman dominated the field, as runner-up Anthony Landeros of Irrigon was nearly half-a-second behind.

Powers also garnered second-place honors in the 300 hurdles with a clocking of 48.53. No first-place winner was identified according to meet records.

Not done, Powers and teammate Mitchell Powers tied for second-place honors in the high jump as both cleared 5-6. They were bested only by Columbia-Burbank's Porter Romm at 5-8.

Bickleton's Troy Roberts claimed runner-up honors in the 3,000 meters with a clocking of 11:09.07. He was bested only by Umatilla's Israel Gastelum, who broke the tape in 10:41.35.

In other top-4 finishes for Bickleton, Michell Powers was fourth in the triple jump (35-2), Justin Roberts was third in the pole vault (nine feet-even), Michael Underwood was fourth in the discus (103 feet) and Joshua Cummings was fourth in the 3,000 (13:15.40).

The Lady Pirates had their share of standouts on Saturday, including two individual champions.

Bickleton's Lindsay Brown earned first-place honors in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 17.55 and bested all competitors in the high jump with a leap of 4-10. She was also second in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 54.82.

Taylor Brown brought home top hardware for the Lady Pirates in breaking the tape in 46.16 to win the 300-meter hurdles. She also grabbed second-place honors in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.98.

Jamie Venema garnered second-place honors for Bickleton in three events. The senior was runner-up in the triple jump at 30-6.75 (topped only by McKayla Carlin of Weston-McEwen at 31-3), in the high jump at 4-8 and in the 200 meters at 29.50 (bested only by Riverside's Justyce Smith at 27.22).

Also bringing home a second-place medal for the Lady Pirates was Shaylee Tharp, who was runner-up in the pole vault with a mark of 6-6. Her effort was topped only by Irrigon's Ana Carmona at 8-6.

Tharp, a freshman, also brought home fourth-place honors in the 400 meters at 1:15.09.

Rounding out Bickleton's top-4 finishes were Lindsay Brown (fourth in the long jump at 14-3) and Haley Goodnight (fourth in the pole vault at six feet).

The Bickleton boys and girls track teams return to action this coming Friday at the Dick Horyna Invitational at Stanfield, Ore.

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