TOPPENISH – Five Bickleton Pirates are bound for Cheney this coming Friday and Saturday. There, they’ll compete at the WIAA Class 1B State Track & Field Meet.
The five athletes – Lindsay Brown, Shaylee Tharp, Troy Roberts, Nathan Powers and Michael Underwood – earned their State meet berths at last Friday’s District 5/6 Regional Championships in Toppenish.
To move on to State, track and field athletes had to garner either a first or second place finish at Regionals.
Brown, only a junior, will have four opportunities to medal at State. Last Friday, she won the girls’ 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles and high jump events. And, she placed second in the 100-meter dash.
Those top finishes by Brown spring-boarded Bickleton to a third-place finish in the girls’ team standings at Regionals, which drew a field of 15 schools. Pateros, with 123 points, and Entiat, with 99 points, placed first and second. Bickleton’s girls tallied 82 points.
In the two girls’ hurdles races, Brown was never pushed. She clocked winning times of 16.99 and 49.96 seconds in the two events. Brandy Woodward of Pateros was a distant second in the shorter of the two events in a time of 19.18 seconds. Glenwood’s Bethany Putnam, the runner-up in the 300m hurdles, was well back at 51.02.
Brown, in winning the girls’ high jump, cleared the bar at 5 feet-even. The next best leap on the day – 4-10 – belonged to Kya Fee of Trout Lake.
In the 100 meters, Brown got clipped by five hundreds of a second for top honors. She crossed the line in 13.62 seconds. The winner, Pateros sophomore Ashton Steggall, raced to a clocking of 13.57.
The one other girl from Bickleton to qualify for State, the sophomore Tharp, accomplished the feat by placing second in the pole vault. Tharp’s best effort on the day was a vault of 7 feet-even. The Glenwood sophomore, Putnam, was the winner with a jump of 8-6.
Powers, also just a sophomore, will represent the Pirates at State in three events. He won the boys’ 110m hurdles race, and placed second in the 300m hurdles and high jump.
The Bickleton underclassman hit the tape nearly a second ahead of the runner-up in the shorter of the two hurdles events. Powers clocked a time of 16.92 seconds. John Stephens, a senior from Lyle/Wishram, was second at 17.87.
In the 300m hurdles, Powers and Stephens exchanged placings. The Lyle/Wishram senior was first in a time of 43.76 seconds, with Powers second at 44.50.
In placing second in the boys’ high jump, Powers got over the bar with a leap of 5-10. Mansfield senior Macen McLean was first (6-0).
Bickleton’s Underwood, a junior, won the boys’ discus at Regionals. He easily bested the field with a throw of 123 feet-even. The runner-up, Gabe Montoya of Lyle/Wishram, mustered a toss of 111-5.
Roberts, a Bickleton sophomore, earned his State meet berth in the boys’ 3200-meter run. His time was 10:41.13, bested only by Yakama Nation Tribal senior Timothy Celestine (10:34.84).
Bickleton notched several near misses at Regionals, in terms of nailing down a ‘Top 2’ finish and moving on to State. Placing third for the Pirates at Regionals were sophomore Andrew Gannon in the boys’ 3200m and 300m hurdles; Powers in the long jump; and junior Clint Strader in the pole vault.