Trio of Waitsburg-Prescott tracksters first at Papa Wells

Ben Kiefel wins the shot put, James Lehr takes the discus and Ronnie Hulce is first in the 300 hurdles.


YAKIMA - Waitsburg-Prescott's boys and girls tracksters took home three individual first-place finishes at the Papa Wells Invitational at Davis High's Kumler Field Saturday.

Ben Kiefel took first in the boys shot put, James Lehr outdistanced all comers in the boys discus, and Ronnie Hulce placed first in the girls 300 hurdles.

Twenty-six teams in classifications 1B, 2B, 1A and 2A took part in the fourth-annual memorial track meet in honor of longtime Eisenhower track coach Eugene Wells. Wells died in 2005.

"No official team scores were kept for this meet, but if they were, our boys team would have been right up there," Waitsburg-Prescott coach Ron Huntington said. "This is the first time we've had a first place at this meet in the four years we've been here."

James Lehr, last year's 2B state shot-put champion, injured a finger in warmups and was unable to compete in the event Saturday.

In his absence, teammates Ben Kiefel and Chance McDaniel took first and third place honors with throws of 47-feet 9 1/2-inches and 45-feet 1-inch.

Lehr was able to compete in the discus without causing pain in the injured finger and took first prize with a hurl of 158-feet even. McDaniel finished third in the discus with his throw of 129-feet 2-inches.

Ronnie Hulce was the only female W-P athlete to take home a first place medal, doing so in the 300 hurdles with a time of 50.82.

Hucle continued her stellar day with a third place finish in the 100 hurdles (17.69) and a third place finish in the high jump (4-feet 8-inches).

Genesis Pearson's 97-feet 7-inch throw earned her third place in the girls discus.

Billy Brown's high jump of 5-feet 6-inches was good enough for fourth in his event.

The boys 4x100 relay and girls 4x400 relay both finished fourth with times of 45.92 and 4:42.66 respectively.

Alejandro Battalla finished fifth in the 100 meters, Wyatt Withers finished fifth in the 110 hurdles and T.J. Hofer finished fifth in the pole vault.


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