Grizzlies show promise at annual Ram Relays


MOXEE – Sparked by Brittney Broersma’s first-place finish in the 300m hurdles, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly track team earned sixth-place honors during last Saturday’s Ram Relays at West Valley.

Broersma grabbed the top spot in the 300m hurdles in a time of 48.73 over Kamiakin’s Dariann Oaks, the runner-up, with a clocking of 50.24.

The Lady Grizzlies tallied 28 team points to finish sixth in the 11-school field. Kamiakin grabbed top team honors with 134 points.

Broersma also helped make a difference for Sunnyside in the 4x400 relay. She was part of a foursome that included Cecilia Guillen, Emilee Maldonado and Jeniya Guillen, which claimed fourth-place honors with a clocking of 4:31.02.

Aylin Bautista, Jessica Linde, Navi King and Broersma, a Sunnyside Christian High School senior, also teamed up for third-place honors in the 4x100 relay, posting a time of 54.31.

In a medley relay event, the quartet of Cecilia Guillen, Maldonado, Jeniya Guillen and Ana Diaz posted a fourth-place time of 2:03.84 for Sunnyside.

In one other relay event, the 4x200, the Lady Grizzly team of Linde, Cecilia Guillen, Bautista and Maldonado grabbed fifth place honors in 1:58.56.

The final top-8 placing for the Sunnyside girls came in the discus, where Gardenia Contreras posted a throw of 90-7 for fifth-place honors.

“The girls are so much more competitive than in a long time,” said Coach Darren Mezger, praising his team’s depth in being able to compete in every relay. “Brittney’s solid and the younger girls are stepping up.”

In boys competition, Sunnyside finished 10th in the 11-team field with a total of 3.2 points. Hanford claimed top honors with 102 points.

The Grizzlies’ highest individual finish came in the long jump, where Elijah Pena recorded a leap of 19-1. Mezger said the senior had a sore hamstring and did not compete in the 300m hurdles.

One other individual top-8 finish for Sunnyside came in the javelin, as Fabian Gonzalez uncorked a seventh-place throw of 130-1, a personal best. Mezger said the mark was a good 20 feet better than his previous best. “That was a big improvement for him.”

The Sunnyside boys had the rest of their top-8 finishes in the relays.

The quartet of Ryan White, Pena, Bernaldo Madrigal and Mark Mortensen garnered fifth-place honors for the Grizzlies in the 4x100 with a time of 46.40.

Gonzalez, Javier Mendoza, Zachary Zamora and Xavier Cortez then produced a fifth-place clocking for Sunnyside in the throwers 4x100 relay with a clocking of 53.27.

The Grizzly foursome of Franklin Barron, Logan Case, Jacob Perales and Adrian Brambila-Ramirez teamed up for an eighth-place time of 3:59.09 in the 4x400 relay.

This coming Saturday, Sunnyside track teams return to action at the Holder Relays at Eisenhower High School.


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