YAKIMA - Eric Amaro continues to dominate the discus and javelin competitions this spring. Picking up victories in both events yesterday, coupled with wins by Sunnyside High School teammates Sergio Lugo in the triple jump and Elijah Pena in the 110m hurdles, the Grizzlies came away with four victories from Thursday's four-school Columbia Basin Big Nine League track and field meet hosted by the Eisenhower Cadets.
Sunnyside's girls failed to grab any gold, however, as Ike, Davis and Moses Lake kept the Lady Grizzlies out of the winner's circle.
The best the SHS girls could muster was a runner-up effort by senior Kendall Platsman. Competing in the shot put from a field of 13 athletes, Platsman heaved the shot a distance of 33 feet, 6 and three-quarter inches. The only girl to top her performance was Moses Lake senior Sadie Nielsen, who landed a throw of 39-11.5.
The only other 'Top 3' finish in the individual girls events for Sunnyside came from junior Brittney Broersma. Competing in the 300-meter hurdles, Broersma barreled down the track in a time of 49.03 seconds. The two hurdlers who bested her time, both from Moses Lake, were Alysha Overland (45.66) and Taylor Yamane (47.67).
In claiming a pair of victories yesterday in the boys events, Amaro got the discus to fly a distance of 148-6. His winning javelin throw was 170-2. Grizzly Jose Sanchez had the second-best discus throw from the 17-athlete field (122-4). Ike's Andrew Martinez was second in the javelin (154-11).
SHS Coach Darren Metsker said Amaro is proving to be very consistent with his discus and javelin performances, "...and there's no reason to think he's not going to come out of the District meet with titles in those two events."
Lugo was one of just four triple jumpers at yesterday's boys meet. The SHS senior won with a leap of 39-0.5. Finishing second was Sunnyside's Eduardo Salmeron (38-4).
Pena got the Grizzlies their fourth win on the day in the 110m hurdles. And, he did it in fine fashion, clipping the next closest hurdler by approximately one and one-quarter seconds. Pena's winning clocking was 15.79.
Pena, too, notched a second-place finish for Sunnyside in the 300-meter hurdles. He hit the tape in 41.02 seconds, just six-tenths of a second back of the winner, Kingsavardkied Harvin of the Davis Pirates. Pena's time was a personal best.
Sunnyside sophomore Bernaldo Madrigal also found success yesterday. In the two sprints he went two-three in the 100m and 200m dashes, respectively. In the 100m, Madrigal clocked a second-best time of 11.52 seconds. Brooks Milbrandt of Moses Lake was first in 11.44. In the 200m race Madrigal, from a field of 13 sprinters, placed third with a clocking of 23.45 seconds. Luis Leon of Ike won in a time of 23.01.
The SHS varsity track and field squads won't return to action until Saturday, May 11. That's the day the postseason gets underway at the Class 3A District 5 championships, to be staged in Richland.