Hermiston’s Mariah Delepierre claimed another long jump meet title, while freshman McKenize Byrd won the high jump at the Dean Nice Invitational track meet Friday at Gresham High School.

Delepierre, holder of Class 5A’s third-best long jump mark this season, won the event with a leap of 17 feet, 6 inches. That’s a 1.5-inch improvement from her previous best, which was the third-longest jump in Class 5A before the Friday meet.

Delepierre also holds the third-best mark in the triple jump in Class 5A. She set the mark last weekend at the Kiwanis Invitational in Hermiston with a distance of 36-0.25. She placed fifth in the Dean Nice in the event with a jump of 33-6.5.

Not limited to just the horizontal jumps, Delepierre ran a leg of Hermiston’s second-place 4x100-meter relay team. With Karla Gonzalez, Ramona Faaeteete and Josie Erickson, the team ran a 50.66. That time is the sixth-fastest time in Class 5A this season and fastest in the Columbia River Conference.

Byrd, meanwhile, repeated her season-best height when she cleared 5-2 to win the meet. She has the sixth-best mark in Class 5A.

Other strong performances on the girls’ side for the Dawgs included freshman Katie Markwick’s fourth-place time in the 800. She ran a 2:24.55, which is two seconds off the state’s top-ten list.

Markwick currently holds the eighth-best time for Class 5A in the 3000 with a 10:49.15, and sophomore teammate Maggie Coleman is tenth with a 10:51.74.

In the throws, Hermiston’s Hope Butler finished fourth in the javelin with a toss of 114-3. Kayla Blankenship took fifth in the discus with a 105-2 and sixth in the shot put with a heave of 37-9.25.

On the boys side, sophomore David Barnett launched a throw of 132-5 to place third in the discus while senior Riley Humphrey placed fourth in the shot put with a chuck of 45-7.

Cameron Myers cleared 12-6 for a fourth-place finish in the pole vault and Alejandro Cisneros also claimed a fourth-place spot with his time of 4:19.88 in the 1500.

Triple jumper Raymond Aguilar placed fifth with a leap of 40-5 and Javier Velasco also placed fifth, but in the in 800 with a time of 2:01.64.

Hermiston has one more meet before the Columbia River Conference championships next weekend in The Dalles. Both teams will be at the CRC Last Chance meet at 4 p.m. Thursday on their home turf, Kennison Field.

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