First meet of the season yields surprises for Quincy
Finally able to step on a track and stretch their legs, the Quincy Jacks track team got right down to business at Ephrata’s Ray Cross Invite on March 23.
In his first high school track meet, freshman Aiden Heikes took fourth place in the triple jump, with a distance of 40 feet, 1.5 inches.
In addition, he finished 11th in the high jump, clearing five feet, four inches, and finished 10th in the pole vault.
“He had a really good day,” head boys coach Jon Barker said.
Trevor Moloso finished fourth in the pole vault, with 11 feet, six inches.
Israel Cavazos finished seventh in the 200 meters, with a time of 24.14 seconds.
Bryn Heikes finished eighth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:40.43 minutes. Daisy Buenrostro finished ninth in the pole vault with a six-foot leap. Jacqueline Dearie finished 10th in the triple jump with 29 feet, 7.5 inches.
Jane Kennedy finished 11th in the 400 meters with 1:07.27 minutes.
The team found reason to celebrate in Julissa Herrejon, who injured her ankle last year in the 300-meter hurdles race and who ran that very race on Saturday.
“It took a lot of guts to just get back on the horse,” Barker said. The senior finished in 17th place.
Cynthia Diaz set a personal record in the triple jump, with 27 feet, 4.5 inches, good enough for 14th place.
Senior Pablo Mariscal set a personal record in the javelin, a sport he had left behind as a freshman. His new mark is 126 feet, nine inches.
The team took frosh students Heikes and Jalen Spence to the meet, which normally welcomes upperclassmen. Spence finished 18th in the long jump with 17 feet, seven inches.
Next up for the Jacks is their turn to host Best in the Basin this Thursday, with Royal, Wahluke, Othello and Ephrata stopping by.
“Every kid that’s eligible for us is going to compete,” Barker said. Special emphasis will go toward the younger side of the team’s roster.
“It would be a good opportunity for those kids to get their first experience at home in a comfortable environment,” he added.
The Best in the Basin track meet starts March 28 at 3:30 p.m at Jaycee Stadium.
The meet might skip on the javelin throw event, Barker said. The football goal posts are still in place at Jaycee Stadium, and removing them requires the type of equipment that could damage the grass on the soccer field, soft after several days of intermittent rain.
“I would prefer to have it but I understand the need to not damage the field,” Barker said.
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org