PREP TRACK & FIELD
YAKIMA – Both, the 3A Sunnyside Grizzly and 1B Bickleton Pirate track and field squads opened their spring campaigns at the Eisenhower Jamboree last Saturday.
The non-scoring invite drew a 15-school field.
Sunnyside’s top standout proved to be senior Elijah Pena.
For Bickleton, the top finisher on the day was sophomore Andrew Gannon.
Pena turned in the fastest time of 14 athletes entered in the boys’ 60-meter hurdles, racing to a first-place clocking of 8.25 seconds. Approximately a quarter-second behind the Grizzly, placing second, was Othello senior Marco Pena.
In the same event, Sunnyside sophomore Griffey Sarmiento and Bickleton freshman Riley Brown placed eighth and ninth, respectively. Sarmiento got over the hurdles in a time of 10.02, with Brown hitting the tape with a clocking of 10.39.
Gannon, the Bickleton sophomore, claimed the Pirates’ top finish on the day while competing in the boys’ two-kilometer steeplechase. He posted the fifth fastest time in the event, a clocking of 7:27.64. The winner, Ike sophomore Spencer Stewart, recorded a time of 6:36.77.
Bickleton also received a sixth-place performance from sophomore Shaylee Tharp in the girls’ pole vault. She recorded a vault of 5-6. The best girls’ vault, a leap of 8 feet, was claimed by University High School senior Leslie French.
The one other ‘Top 10’ finish Bickleton managed last Saturday was picked up by junior Clint Strader. Competing in the boys’ pole vault, he placed eighth with a jump of 8-0. The winning boys’ vault was 13-6, set by senior Daniel Martin of Class 3A University.
BHS sophomore Troy Roberts only managed a 17th place showing in the 2000m, but Pirate Coach Chris Venema noted the underclassman had promising splits in the race, “…that should translate to very competitive times in the 3200m.”
Venema added that first-time javelin thrower Katrina Cardenas, only a freshman, will be an athlete to watch based on her 67-6 effort last Saturday.
Besides Pena garnering a victory for Sunnyside in the 60-meter hurdles, freshman Jessica Linde and senior Brittney Broersma each notched runner-up finishes for the Grizzlies.
Linde, a sprinter, sped to a clocking of 14.09 seconds in the girls’ 100-meter dash. The only runner to beat her from the 62-girl field in Yakima was Kittitas High School junior Lindsay Clerf (13.98). Linde’s teammate, sophomore Navi King, was eighth in the event with a clocking of 14.41 seconds.
Broersma scored her second-place finish for Sunnyside in the 55-meter hurdles. She posted a time of 9.66 seconds, bested only by Ellensburg sophomore Jordyn Arlt (9.32). Two of Broersma’s teammates, sophomores Ana Diaz (10.53) and Summer Hazzard (11.18), were sixth and ninth, respectively, in the race.
Sunnyside returned home from Ike with one other runner-up performance, that coming in the girls’ 2000-meter medley relay. The foursome of Broersma, Jeniya Guillen, Victoria Torres and Cecilia Guillen combined for a time of 5:59.31. The host Cadets won the event with a clocking of 5:52.49.
Other notable performances from Sunnyside athletes included:
…the junior Torres placing fourth in the girls’ high jump (4-6);
…the freshman Linde placing fifth in the girls’ long jump (13-10.5);
…the sophomore Jeniya Guillen placing sixth in the girls’ 300m (46.36);
…sophomore Angela Montes placing 10th in the girls’ 2000m (8:15.96);
…the senior Pena placing seventh in the boys 300m (39.59);
…freshman Mark Morten-sen placing eighth in the boys’ 100m (12.24);
…senior Xavier Cortez placing ninth in the boys’ discus (107-5).