Irish tracksters run strong against big schools

The boys are 14th and the girls place 12th at the Prosser Invite.

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PROSSER - DeSales track and field athletes competed against 15 other schools, including several 4A powers, in the Prosser Rotary Invitartional track and field meet at Art Fiker Stadium Saturday.

A pair of DeSales athletes claimed second places and several broke their own records, or tied a school mark, at the meet.

"We thought our kids had an outstanding day overall," DeSales coach Mike Michels said. "There was a big jump up in the level of competition. We were the only 2B school there. All the rest of the schools were 2A or bigger. The kids really stepped up and we had tons of personal records.

"I'm very happy with the effort they gave," Michels continued. "It was outstanding."

DeSales' boys placed 14th of 16 schools, while the girls were 12th.

Hanford's boys and girls won the meet. For the boys, Connell was second, then Ellensburg, Davis, Sunnyside, Prosser, Kennewick, Pullman, Wapato, West Valley-Spokane, Richland, East Valley-Yakima, Othello, DeSales, Grandview, Kiona-Benton and Ballard.

Kennewick's girls were second, followed by Prosser, Pullman, Connell, Sunnyside, Davis, Richland, Wapato, East Valley, Ellensburg, DeSales, Kiona-Benton, Othello, Bickleton and Grandview.

Allison Wujek tied a school record in the high jump with a 5-foot-2 mark and Nick Wales finished second in the 300 hurdles with a time of 41.43.

Wales also placed 10th in the long jump (19-0.25) and joined Jeremiah Cox, Peter VanderGriend and Emile Leconte for a seventh in the 4x400 relay (3:45.69), and teamed up with Cox VanderGriend and Josh Scheel to finish ninth in the 4x100 relay (47.85).

Anthony Brown was fourth in the discus with an effort of 132-06, a 13-foot improvement from his previous personal record, and Joab Neri PR'd by 11 seconds while placing 10th in the 1600 (5:00.95) for DeSales.

Keaton Sullivan finished the 3200 in 10th in 1:25.19,

Wujek's mark matched one achieved by Erin Hellberg in 1995. Wujek was seventh in the 100 hurdles (18.21).

The best of the rest for DeSales included Jessica Arnzen - fourth in the 400 (1:04.62), Megan Moberg - sixth in the pole vault (7-6), Brigit Lyons - ninth in the 100 hurdles (18.55), and Dani Hall - ninth in the javelin with a 90-8, a seven-foot improvement on her personal record.

Lyons, Arnzen, Wujek and Jade Donnelly ran the 4x200 girls relay in two minutes flat, good for seventh place.

DeSales will compete in a District 9 Meet Wednesday at Shockman Field in Milton-Freewater.

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