QHS track starts postseason run
The temperatures get higher and so do the stakes.
The Quincy High School student-athletes begin their postseason campaigns this week, with the green-and-gold showing up all over the CWAC landscape.
In track and field, the Othello Huskies will host the CWAC league meet Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Gonzalo Birrueta enters the postseason with the 10th best mark in 2A for the 3,000-meter race, at 10 minutes, 54.79 seconds, which he set in Cashmere in April
Alberto Tafoya has the second-best 2A mark in the discus, with 154 feet, eight inches. The top mark is 187 feet, 10 inches, by Bellingham’s Jakob Chamberlin. According to Athletic.net, Chamberlin’s mark is the best in the state at the discus at any enrollment level, from B to 4A.
Among girls, Dezarae Westra ranks ninth in 2A at the 3,000-meter run., with a mark of 12 minutes 18.21 seconds. Like Birrueta, Westra also achieved that mark at the Cashmere Invitational April 16.
Samantha Kleyn stands in eighth place in 2A in the 100-meter hurdles, with a time of 16.10 seconds, which she set April 23 at the Quincy Invitational. She also stands in fifth place in the 300-meter hurdles, with a mark of 47.03 seconds. She set that mark at the Ray Cross Invitational in Ephrata.
The list of standouts does not stop there, with several Jacks ranked in the top-five of the CWAC.
This group includes Carlos Sanchez, second in the CWAC rankings in the 100 meters, and fourth in the 200 meters; Luis Camacho ranks fourth in league at the 400 meters; Birrueta with the top mark in league in the 1,500 meters; sprinter Travis Harris with the fourth-best CWAC time in the 110-meter hurdles and the third-best in the 300-meter hurdles, and Tafoya, the league’s top discus thrower and shot-putter.
Quincy’s Andy Reynolds ranks fifth in the CWAC among shot-putters.
In relays, the foursome of Camacho, Cyril Berndt, Harris and Sanchez rank fifth in the CWAC’s 4×400 relay.
Among girls, the CWAC also carries Quincy names in its top-five rankings.
Kleyn appears listed as the top 300-meter hurdler, the third-best 100-meter sprinter and second-best 100-meter hurdler in the league, as well as the third-best long jumper.
Westra appears as the league’s top 1,500-meter and 3,000-meter runner.
Mashayla Schaapman ranks third in league in the shot put and Heidi Bishop ranks fifth in the triple jump.
In the CWAC, Prosser and Ellensburg appear as the teams to beat, among girls, with five different disciplines ranking a Mustang as tops in the league.
The Bulldogs from Ellensburg have seven first-place rankings in the CWAC, according to athletic.net.
Among boys, the website lists five disciplines with Selah athletes in first place. Ephrata has three first places, the same as the Jacks.
–Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org