EPHRATA - Peter Clinton advanced to the State track meet in four events to pace the Bickleton boys track team to first-place honors at last Saturday's 1B District 5/6 championships.
The Pirates recorded a team tally of 111 points to nip runner-up Entiat by nine points. The top-3 individual finishers in each event advance on to the State 1B meet in Cheney this coming Friday and Saturday.
Clinton grabbed top honors in the pole vault, sailing to a mark of 12-10, more than a foot better than runner-up Gregory Dechand of Trout Lake/Glenwood.
A senior, Clinton also punched his ticket to State with third-place honors in the 100 meters (12.06), the 200 (24.50) and the 400 (53.60).
Troy Roberts also brought home a first-place medal for the Bickleton boys, earning top honors in the 3200 with a clocking of 11:23.06. Teammate Joey Cardenas also grabbed a State berth in the event with a third-place time of 11:52.90.
The Pirates earned two State spots in the 110-meter hurdles, as Nathan Powers (17.65) and Taylor Brown (17.81) crossed the finish line in second and third places, respectively. Lyle/Wishram's John Stephens won the event in a time of 17.08.
The Bickleton boys will also send two athletes to State in the high jump. Bested only by Mansfield's Macen McLean at six feet, the Pirates' Mitchell and Nathan Powers were second and third, respectively, with a mark of 5-9.
The Lady Pirates also had a strong showing Saturday, earning fourth-place team honors with 87.5 points. Entiat claimed the top spot with 123 points.
Lindsay Brown and Jamie Venema both claimed first-place honors in two events for the Bickleton girls.
Brown, a sophomore, earned the top mark in the 100-meter hurdles when she broke the tape in 16.91, then won the high jump at 5-1.
Venema brought home the first-place honor in the pole vault with a mark of 7-6. The senior followed that by winning the long jump at 15-2.
Brown grabbed runner-up honors in the 300-meter hurdles with a clocking of 52.96, bested only by Entiat's Heather Segle at 49.11.
The Bickleton girls' 4x100 team also advanced to State with a second-place clocking of 54.45. The event was won by Pateros in 53.20.
Freshman Shaylee Tharp punched her ticket to State for the Lady Pirates in two events, earning third-place honors in both the pole vault (six feet) and the triple jump (29-10.75).