WENATCHEE - Both, Sunnyside's boys and girls squads came out on the short end in the team scoring against Wenatchee and Eisenhower at a three-school Columbia Basin Big Nine track and field meet yesterday.
Individually for the Grizzlies, the only victories secured for Sunnyside were recorded by seniors Eric Amaro and Sergio Lugo.
Amaro notched a season second-best throw in the javelin, blowing away the three-school field at the Wenatchee sports complex with a toss of 166-1. The next best throw Thursday afternoon was an effort of 155-4 by Wenatchee junior Blake Aguilar.
Besides his winning throw in the javelin, Amaro also got the Grizzly boys squad a second-place finish in the discus. The SHS senior got the platter to fly a distance of 140-1, just six inches back of the winning toss, a performance of 140-7 notched by Wenatchee senior Pablo Chavolla.
"That was a major personal best in the discus by Eric (Amaro)," said SHS Coach Darren Metsker. "About three feet further than he's ever thrown it."
Lugo got his win for the Grizzly boys team in the triple jump. His mark of 40-8 was nine and a half inches further than the runner-up leap of Chris Rodriguez, a Wenatchee sophomore.
The SHS boys squad also received several gutsy performances from junior Elijah Pena at yesterday's meet. Pena finished second in both the 110 and 300-meter hurdles events, clocking times of 15.80 and 41.71 seconds, respectively. In the shorter of the two hurdles races, he was just two-tenths of a second back of the winner, Wenatchee freshman Christian Brandt-Sims. The Wenatchee underclassman clipped Pena by just two one-hundred's of a second in the longer hurdles event.
"The Brandt-Sims kid is for real," said Metsker. "He's a quality athlete you'll be hearing about for years to come.
"And, Elijah (Pena) nearly had him. Elijah was ahead of him in both hurdles races until the very end," Metsker said.
In girls action yesterday, junior Vanessa Alvarez found the most success for Sunnyside. She garnered a second-place finish in the long jump (15-0.5), less than four inches behind the winning leap. Alvarez also was a member of Sunnyside's two second-place finishing relay squads (4x100 and 4x200). Alvarez, too, placed third in the 100-meter sprint with a clocking of 13.62 seconds, although she was roughly a full second behind the winner, Wenatchee senior Christie Adams.
Sunnyside's girls also got a second-place finish from Brittney Broersma in the 300-meter hurdles (48.74) and a third-place effort from Tara Van Corbach in the pole vault (7-6).
Broersma's hurdles clocking was a PR for the Sunnyside junior, the first time ever she's finished in under 49 seconds.
Metsker also noted that both the SHS boys and girls 4x100 relay squads set season bests yesterday.
"And, we had numerous other personal best times yesterday, especially in some of the distance races," he said. "The kids are beginning to peak at the right time."