PASCO – Three states and more than 100 schools were represented last Saturday at the Pasco Invite, a track and field meet that requires athletes to hit qualifying marks in order to participate.
Sunnyside High School sent 10 athletes to the event. Though none of them were able to score in the top eight to score team points, the Grizzlies set some personal best marks.
They included Elijah Pena, who was just three inches from medaling in the long jump with a leap of 21-7 for ninth-place honors. Gonzaga Prep’s Jack Bamis grabbed the eighth and final medal in the event with a mark of 21-10.
It was Sunnyside’s highest finish of the day.
Sunnyside Coach Darren Mezger said Pena’s long jump mark was the sixth best all-time in SHS history, and it was only the senior’s third time to try the event in competition.
Mezger said Pena would have placed in the top eight in the 300m hurdles, but soreness in his hip forced him to miss the event.
Speaking of the 300m hurdles, Lady Grizzly Brittney Broersma had the highest individual finish of any Sunnyside girl on the day with a 20th place time of 49.60 in that event.
Mezger noted the Sunnyside girls 4x100 relay team of Broersma, Jeniya Guillen, Jessica Linde and Emilee Maldonado set a personal best time of 53.29 on Saturday. The clocking earned the foursome 30th place.
The Sunnyside boys and girls track teams compete at Eisenhower High School this coming Thursday.