MORO, ORE. - It may not have had the largest contingent of athletes, but the Bickleton boys track team competed well last Saturday at the Sherman Invitational.
One of just five Washington schools in the 18-team invite, the Pirates claimed eighth-place team honors with 32 points. Goldendale was the top boys squad Saturday with 161.5 points.
Bickleton's success was keyed by Peter Clinton. The senior cruised to victory in the 400 meters, breaking the tape at 55.95 with runner-up Chance Carpenter of Lyle/Wishram in at 58.13.
Clinton then went over to the pole vault, where he prevailed for first-place honors in a highly competitive field. He finished with a top mark of 11 feet, which actually tied runner-up Gregory Dechand of Trout Lake-Glenwood. Clinton got the nod as he reached the high mark on fewer attempts.
"He had a couple of good attempts at besting the school record of 12-10," said Coach Chris Venema. "Peter fell short of breaking that record, but it's very early in the season and we are confident that the record will be his before the season is over."
Clinton's day wasn't done, though, as he also competed in the 200 meters and finished in second place just a half-second behind winner Briley Cameron of Goldendale. Cameron posted a clocking of 24.36, while Clinton dashed across the finish line in 24.87.
Also posting a top-eight finish for the Pirates was sophomore Clint Strader, leaping to a fifth-place mark of 32 feet in the triple jump.
In girls competition, Bickleton finished in 14th with eight points. Culver, Ore. captured top team honors with 111 points.
Shaylee Tharp had the highest individual finish for the Lady Pirates, racing to a sixth-place time of 6:25.70 in the 1,500 meters.
Tharp, a freshman, also earned points for Bickleton in the pole vault with an eighth-place mark of six feet.
Claiming seventh-place honors was the Lady Pirate 4x100 relay team of Haley Goodnight, Heather Goodnight, Annie Lindsley and Tharp. The foursome crossed the finish line in 1:04.51.
Haley Goodnight, a senior, posted a throw of 86-5 in the discus to garner a seventh-place finish.
Bickleton's track team is scheduled to return to action this coming Saturday at the Holder Relays in Yakima.