Hermiston’s Cydney Sanchez ran a personal best 5 minutes, 40.43 seconds in the 1,600 meters Thursday to win the event at a three-team Mid-Columbia Conference meet at Kennewick High School.
A freshman, Sanchez trimmed nearly 4 seconds off her previous best time of 5:44.18.
Sophomore Paige Palzinski won the shot put with a PR throw of 39 feet, and Jazlyn Romero won the javelin with a toss of 136-3, and was fourth in the discus (109-0).
In the pole vault, Jennifer Fuentes won with a height of 8 feet. She also was second in the 300 hurdles (50.39), and fourth in the 100 hurdles (18.35).
The Hermiston boys did not win any events, but they have athletes with top marks for the season.
In the 400, Freddy Mendoza ran a personal best 52.94 in placing second to Kennewick’s Johan Correa (50.57). Hermiston’s Simon Headings was third with a PR time of 53.08.
Jackson Shaver clocked a personal best of 10:27.37 to place second in the 3,200, while Chase Bradshaw had a personal best throw of 138-2 to place third in the discus. Bradshaw also was third in the shot put (41-11).
Dean Nice Invite
The Hermiston girls finished third Friday at the Dean Nice Invite in Gresham, led by Jazlyn Romero, who placed second in the javelin and the discus.
Romero had a PR toss of 114-0 in the discus, and threw 125-10 in the javelin.
Kendall Dowdy threw a PR of 36-7 1/4 to place third in the shot put, while Paige Palzinski was third in the triple jump with a lead of 32-10 3/4 — a personal best. Palzinski also was eighth in the long jump (14-10 3/4).
Jennifer Fuentes cleared 8-6 to place fourth in the pole vault, while Sheridan Deike was fifth in the discus (105-8).
The Bulldogs’ 4x100 relay team of Elsa Torres, MaKaylee Young, Kamryn Aldred and Jayden Ray placed third with a time of 51.42. Young also was third in the 100 (13.15).
For the boys, Garrett Walchli was fourth in the 200 (23.29), while Freddy Mendoza was fifth in the 800 in a personal best time of 1:59.78 — the first time he has run under 2 minutes.
Chase Bradshaw finished third in the discus (135-1) and sixth in the shot put (42-1 1/2).