YAKIMA — The Sunnyside High School track season has officially started with the track team participating in the Eisenhower Jamboree on Saturday, March 11.
The Jamboree has grown since the past years with this year featuring 22 teams and hundreds of competitors with 240 athletes competing in the 100m dash alone.
The Sunnyside Track and Field team rose to the occasion with the athletes gaining 17 top ten finishes and 31 new additions to Sunnyside High School’s all-time records lists during this jamboree.
“Overall, this was a fantastic start to the season. With a larger team, we also have a better distribution of talent. We have stronger event areas, but none stick out as weak spots. We can assume other teams have also improved, but this meet shows that we can be competitive,” said Coach Jeffery White.
Finishing in the top ten were Calvin Naught with a sixth place throw (124-11) in the javelin, Thomas Rodriguez finished in eighth place (38-9) in the shot put, Elija Esqueda and Aiden Cazares tied for seventh with leaps of 5-4 in High Jump, Laura Gonzalez placed ninth in the girl’s high jump for the field events.
In the Hurdling events finishing in the top ten were Luke Binfet who finished in fifth (7:14.3, third in all-time for Sunnyside) in the 2000m steeplechase with Rick Bishop taking second place in the 60m high hurdles with a new school record of 8.16.
In the flat sprints events placing in the top ten were Bishop placing second in the 300m (37.27, second in all-time for Sunnyside), Mason Strieck taking sixth place in the 300m (39.06, fourth all-time for Sunnyside) and Noah McNair taking sixth in the 100m dash.
For the Distance runners Natalie De Boer placed third 1000m (3:35.62, seventh all-time for Sunnyside), In the Girls 600m race Alexis Daniels (1:57.4) place seventh, Jessica Marin (1:57.65) finished in eighth, and Andrew Garcia finished in forth for the 2000m with a time of 6:12.04.
In relay action the girls 4x100m squad of Galilea Carillo-Espinoza, Cassandra Rodriguez, Gelena Cabrera-Zaragoza, and Jennifer Meza finished seventh in 1:05.63 with the girls Sprint Medley Relay (600m-200m-400m-800m) of Jessica Marin, Zyanna Hernandez, Anabelle Tovar, and Natalie De Boer placing in third.
The boys Sprint Medley Relay of Max Garcia, Dominique Booth, Raphael Guerrero, and Andrew Garcia (Athletic.net shows a different lineup) placed second in 5:02.3.
“The highlight of the day for me was the girls distance crew. The last time we had a group of distance girls run strong en masse was in 2018...with how strong our league is in the girl’s distance events, they will be challenged in every meet, but for the first time in a long time they will be competitive as a squad,” said coach White.
Kennia Perez can be contacted at 509-837-4500 ext. 110 or at KPerez@sunnysidesun.com
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