CHENEY - The Bickleton girls track team saved the best for last, as Jamie Venema wrapped up last weekend’s 1B State track meet by earning her second consecutive pole vault title.
The senior’s winning mark of 8-6 helped vault the Lady Pirates from sixth place to fourth place in the team standings and the girls’ first-ever team trophy at State, according to Athletic Director Ric Palmer.
In the same event, Coach Chris Venema confirmed that Shaylee Tharp scored sixth-place points for the Bickleton girls with a mark of seven feet.
Mt. Vernon Christian claimed top team honors among State 1B girls teams with 88 points.
Lindsay Brown helped the Bickleton girls to a pair of runner-up finishes. The sophomore earned runner-up honors in the 100-meter hurdles with a clocking of 16.90 and in the high jump with a leap of 4-10. Brown was bested only by Waterville’s Elaina Thomsen in the high jump at five feet. In the 100-meter hurdles, Mt. Rainier Lutheran’s Rachel Siltman broke the tape in 16.51.
The Lady Pirates’ next highest individual finish was Venema garnering third-place honors in the long jump with a mark of 15-3.25.
Venema and Brown were also half of Bickleton’s foursome in the 4x100 relay that crossed the finish line in fourth place to claim a state medal and set a new school record. The team, which also included Haley Goodnight and Tharp, had a clocking of 53.79.
Also scoring for Bickleton were Tharp in the triple jump, fifth at 30 feet, and Brown in the 300-meter hurdles, sixth at 51.67.
It was a banner weekend for the Bickleton boys, as well, as they claimed eighth place honors at State with 31.5 points. Wellpinit claimed top honors among the boys 1B teams with 62 points.
The Pirates were paced by Peter Clinton’s second-place mark of 12-6 in the pole vault, bested only by Pomeroy’s Kenny Carr at 13 feet. Justin Roberts was fifth in the same event for Bickleon with a mark of 11-6.
Taylor Brown was fourth for the Bickleton boys in the 110-meter hurdles with a clocking of 17.69. Teammate Nathan Powers crossed the finish line in the same event at 17.98 for seventh-place honors.
Nathan Powers and Mitchell Powers grabbed fourth and eighth-place honors in the high jump with respective marks of 5-10 and 5-4.
Clinton sprinted to fifth-place honors in the 400 meters with a time of 53.69
Rounding out Bickleton’s top-8 finishes were Troy Roberts and Joey Cardenas in the 3200 meters with respective seventh and eighth-place times of 11:27.21 and 12:07.06.