YAKIMA – The Sunnyside High School boys and girls track teams saw a number of athletes reach personal best marks in their respective events during last Saturday’s Davis Invitational.
Among them was Elijah Pena with a personal best 20-6 in the long jump to bring home third-place honors. Pena captured first-place honors in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.57 and posted a runner-up clocking of 41.36 in the 300m hurdles, topped only by Kamiakin’s Jim Fowler in 40.78.
Other top-4 finishes for the Grizzly boys were posted by Mark Mortensen (fourth in the 100m at 12.25 and third in the 200m at 25.10) and Logan Case (fourth in the 400m in 1:00.34) in freshman/sophomore competition.
The Grizzly 4x100 relay team of Ryan White, Pena, Bernaldo Madrigal and Jesus Magallan claimed fourth-place honors with a clocking of 45.21.
Though he didn’t place in the top four, Sunnyside’s Fabian Gonzalez threw a personal best of 152-8 in the javelin to qualify for this coming Saturday’s Pasco invite.
Coach Darren Mezger also noted that Leonel Alvarado smashed his previous top mark in the discus by 13 feet, uncorking a toss of 117-5.
In girls competition, Brittney Broersma garnered third-place honors in the 110m hurdles with a clocking of 16.40 and in the 300m hurdles with a time of 47.78.
“Brittney’s putting herself in a nice position to go to State,” said Mezger.
Elsewhere in girls varsity track at Davis, Sunnyside’s Jeniya Guillen set a personal best mark of 1:02.94 in the 400m for fifth-place honors.
Lady Grizzly Emilee Maldonado competed in the freshman/sophomore 400m event and claimed second-place honors with a time of 1:07.66. She was bested only by Hanford’s Lucy Cort in a time of 1:04.59.
Also in freshman/sophomore competition, Sunnyside’s Adela Castaneda was third in the 100m hurdles with a clocking of 18.46.
“Overall we did pretty well,” said Mezger. “I’m looking forward to what we can do at the big invitational in Pasco.”