PROSSER - It was slim pickins' for the Sunnyside and Grandview track and field teams at last Saturday's Prosser Rotary Invitational.
Team-wise, Sunnyside's boys placed eighth from the 18-school field, Grandview finished dead last. In the girls team scoring, the Lady 'Hounds managed an eighth-place finish, while Sunnyside's girls settled for the No. 12 spot.
Hanford's boys ran away from the field, tallying 120 team points. West Valley of Spokane totaled 83 points for runner-up honors.
Ellensburg and West Valley of Yakima were one-two in the girls team scoring race with 113.5 and 110 points, respectively.
From an individual standpoint, the only wins collected on the day by the Sunnyside and Grandview squads were notched by Grizzly Elijah Pena and Lady Greyhound Kasi Prieto.
Pena, a junior, bested a 23-runner field in the boys 110m hurdles. He hit the tape in 16.06 seconds. That was 14 hundreds of a second quicker than the second hurdler to cross the finish line, Braden Sunwold of the West Valley Rams.
Prieto, also a junior, won the girls 400-meter event. With 19 runners entered, the Grandview athlete circled the oval in 1:00.69. She claimed the photo finish victory over Selah's Amber Reiber, who clocked a time of 1:00.74.
Prieto, too, managed a 'Top 5' finish for Grandview by teaming with Kaysie Kollmar, Sandy Prieto and Marizza Birrueta for a fourth-place showing in the girls 4x400 relay. The foursome covered the 1,600 meters in a time of 4:26.64. That was roughly five and a half seconds behind the third-place Sunnyside squad of Vanessa Alvarez, Leah Diddens, Jeniya Guillen and Brittney Broersma (4:21.15). The winning 4x400 relay team from Prosser clocked a time of 4:17.20.
Grandview's Birrueta, besides getting in on the fourth-place 4x400 relay finish, earned the Lady 'Hounds second and fourth-place team points in the girls 800 and 1600m races, respectively. In the shorter of the two mid-distance events, Birrueta (2:30.94) was only bested by McCall Skay of West Valley of Spokane (2:30.07). In the 1600, Birrueta placed fourth from the 22-runner field with a clocking of 5:42.39. The winner, Skay, sped to a time of 5:25.06.
The only 'Top 5' finish recorded by Grandview's boys squad came from its 4x100 relay team of Herman Herrera, Jose Castilleja, Andy Rodriguez and Angel Abarca. The quartet clocked a time of 45 seconds even, fourth best from the 17 squads competing. Hanford won the event in a time of 43.90 seconds.
Sunnyside's foursome of Bernaldo Madrigal, Ryan White, Sergio Lugo and Eduardo Salmeron were third in the boys 4x100 relay (44.47).
Lugo excelled for the Grizzlies, as well, in the boys triple jump. He turned in the fifth best leap on the day (40-5). Hanford's Jordan Reyes was first (42-2.5).
The Sunnyside boys squad also received a fifth-place performance from Madrigal in the 100-meter sprint. He blazed to a clocking of 12.07 seconds, just seven hundred's of a second from a 'Top 3' finish. The winning sprint time of 11.62 seconds was set by Hanford junior Ben Kelly.
Sunnyside's girls, besides their 4x400 relay squad, piled up three other 'Top 5' finishes last Saturday. Senior Kendall Platsman was fourth in the shot put with a heave of 33-1.5. Kennewick's Samantha Lester was first (35-3). In the 200m sprint, SHS junior Laura Carrillo placed fifth in a time of 27.51 seconds. Connell's Shanda Korrell, a senior, was first with a clocking of 27.04 seconds. And, in the 1600m mid-distance race, the freshman Guillen earned Sunnyside a fifth-place finish with a clocking of 5:49.25, roughly 24 seconds behind the Spokane athlete, Shay.