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Posted on Apr 5, 2019

Best in Basin meet kicks track and field season into gear at QHS

The Quincy Track and Field team hosted its first meet of the season by welcoming some of the area’s top athletes for the annual Best in the Basin meet, sponsored by CliftonLarsenAllen.
The annual competition gathered track and field athletes from Othello, Ephrata, Royal, Wahluke and the hosting town, and it served as a good early test for all involved of how the season is shaping up.
Ephrata took first place in team scores, winning among boys with 58 points, 20 above second-place team Othello and 35 points above third-place finisher Quincy.
Fourth place went to Royal with 18 points, and fifth place went to Mattawa’s Wahluke High School with eight points.
The Tigers also took first place among girls, finishing with 78 points, 35 points above second-place team Quincy and 49 points above third-place squad Royal.
Fourth place went to Wahluke and Othello, with the Warriors from Mattawa and the Huskies from Adams County tied at 23 points each.
Some of the more noteworthy performances by the boys and girls in green-and-gold included Jacqueline Dearie’s first place in the triple jump, with 29 feet, at the javeline with 97 feet, eight inches.
Taylor Thomsen finished first in the shot put with 34 feet, three inches.
The 4×100 relay of Cynthia Diaz, Angelica Castillo, Julissa Herrejon and Avery Vander Veen finished first with 57.55 seconds.
Jane Kennedy finished first in the 1,600 meters with 5:47.65 minutes, while Bryn Heikes finished first in the 800 meters with 2:34.59 minutes.
Among boys, Israel Cavazos finished first in the 200 meters, with 24.28 seconds.
Pablo Mariscal finished second in the long jump, with 18 feet, 11.75 inches.
Jalen Spence finished second in the 300-meter hurdles with 45.42 seconds. Omar Ramos finished second in the 1,600 meters with 5:04.65 minutes.
Nathan Ortiz finished second in the 200 meters, behind teammate Cavazos, with a time of 24.56 seconds.
Next up for the Quincy High School track and field team is a league meet against Toppenish, Othello and Wapato at the Wolves’ den on April 10, followed by a trip to Cashmere on April 13 for the annual Cashmere invitational meet.

By Sebastian Moraga,