TACOMA - Of the three athletes Sunnyside and Grandview advanced to the 2A, 3A and 4A State track and field meets at Mt. Tahoma High School this past weekend, Eric Lee Amaro was the only one to return home as a medalist.
A senior, the Grizzly capped off his prep sports career with a seventh-place finish in the 3A boys discus. Amaro’s best throw with the platter at the Tacoma venue was 139 feet, 5 inches.
Sunnyside teammate Elijah Pena qualified for the 3A State meet in the boys 110-meter hurdles.
Grandview’s lone representative at the 2A State meet was Kasi Prieto. She advanced to Tacoma in the girls 400-meter sprint.
Prieto, a junior, missed out on moving on to the finals by just two spots. In the preliminaries, from a field of 16 sprinters, she posted the 10th fastest time...a clocking of 1:01.13.
Only the top eight finishers in the preliminary events got to advance to the finals to compete for a medal.
Prieto’s 1:01.13 time was approximately a second and a half back of the eighth-place clocking in the preliminaries.
The eventual 2A State champ in the girls 400, Tumwater junior Brooke Feldmeier, qualified third in the preliminaries by posting a time of 58.41. In the championship race, Feldmeier lowered her time to 54.37. The fastest qualifier, Cheney’s Janessa Day with a clocking of 57.32, ended up second in the finals with a clocking of 56.98.
Pena, a junior at Sunnyside High School, came up about three-tenths of a second short of landing a spot in one of the eight lanes in the finals in the 3A boys 110m hurdles.
In the preliminaries Pena sped to a clocking of 15.79 seconds, 13th best from the 16-hurdler field. As it turned out, the eighth and final qualifier for the finals was Timberline High School junior Johnny Sheilds with a clocking of 15.47.
The fastest qualifier in the hurdles preliminaries, Prairie’s Peter Zalk, went on to capture top honors in the 3A finals with a clocking of 14.97. Zalk was the only 3A hurdler to post times below 15 seconds in both the preliminaries and finals.
Amaro, one of 16 discus throwers at the 3A State meet, earned the seventh-place medal with his throw of 139-5.
The winning 3A discus throw was recorded by Nathan Hale High School junior Winston Hallam-Eames, an effort of 178-3.
By finishing seventh in the discus, Amaro earned the Sunnyside boys squad two team points.
Capturing the boys team title at the 3A State meet was Bellevue with 65 points. North Central High School of Spokane placed second with 45 points.