STANFIELD, ORE. - Spearheaded by four 'top 5' finishes by senior Peter Clinton, including a victory in the pole vault, the Bickleton High School boys track and field team earned a third-place finish at the 24-school Dick Horyna Invitational last Friday.
Bickleton's Lady Pirates, with two third-place performances and a fifth-place effort by sophomore Lindsay Brown, claimed ninth-place honors in the girls team standings.
The April 12 invite was held at Art Derbyshire Track in Stanfield, Ore. Enterprise, Ore. won top honors in the boys team standings with 110 points. Walla Walla Valley was second with 64 team points, followed by Bickleton's boys with 60. Lyle/Wishram and Cove, Ore. rounded out the top five boys team finishes with 51 and 38 points, respectively.
Clinton's shining moment came in the boys pole vault. The class of the field, the Bickleton senior recorded a vault of 12-6, 18 inches higher than the runner-up, Irrigon sophomore A.J. Timpy.
Clinton, too, nabbed a third-place finish in the boys 400-meter run. From a field of 37 runners he clocked a time of 54.31 seconds. The only two runners who bested him were Alex Tyler of Enterprise, Ore. and Alex Aamodt of Walla Walla Valley with clockings of 53.09 and 53.51, respectively.
The BHS senior's two other 'Top 5' finishes came in the boys 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. Clinton placed fourth in both with clockings of 11.83 and 24.37 seconds. The two sprint winners were Brandon Bissell of Walla Walla Valley (11.68) and Brian Gutierrez of Echo, Ore. (24.25).
Bickleton's boys also received several 'Top 5' performances from Nathan Powers, Taylor Brown and Mitchell Powers.
Nathan Powers, only a freshman, was second in the 110-meter hurdles and fifth in the 300m hurdles. In the shorter of the two races he sped to a clocking of 17.90 seconds, bested only by John Stephens of Lyle/Wishram (17.24). Powers' teammate, the senior Brown, placed third in the 110m hurdles (18.61). In the 300m hurdles Powers placed fifth (46.73). Brown was second with a clocking of 45.56. The 300m hurdles winner was Lyle/Wishram's Stephens (44.50).
Bickleton also got two fifth-place efforts from Mitchell Powers. In the high jump he cleared the bar at a setting of 5-8, and in the triple jump he recorded a leap of 37-9.
The bulk of the scoring for the Bickleton girls team came from Lindsay Brown. She finished with two third-place performances on the day - in the 100m hurdles and high jump.
In the hurdles event Brown clocked a time of 18.19 seconds. The winner, Emma Bowers of Imbler High School, snuck across the tape ahead of her in just 18.12 seconds. In the high jump Brown mustered a leap of 4-10, only two inches lower than the winning high jump of 5-0, set by Justyce Smith of Riverside.
Brown also garnered fifth-place team points for the Lady Pirates in the 300m hurdles (54.34).
The one other Bickleton girl who nabbed a 'Top 5' finish for Bickleton was senior Jamie Venema. She placed second in the pole vault with an effort of 8-0. Molly Del Curto of Cove High School won the vault with a leap of 8-6.