WALLA WALLA - Several area athletes punched their cards for state during the first day of the District 9 track and field championships at Martin Field here Thursday.
The top two finishers in each event are heading to state, with action continuing today at 4 p.m. Eight athletes in each event are competing from DeSales, Waitsburg-Prescott, Walla Walla Valley Academy and Dayton join Asotin, Garfield-Palouse/Colton, St. John-Endicott/Lacrosse-Washtucna and Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia.
Waitsburg-Prescott already has some athletes heading to Eastern Washington University's state meet next week in Cheney, said W-P track and field coach Jeff Bartlow. Complete results were not available at press time.
Hurdlers Ronnie Hulce and Billy Brown got second in the girls' and boys' 300 hurdles and Eshom Estes grabbed first in the javelin and second in the discus.
Amanda Cook placed second in the discus, while Seth Deal won the 1600.
"We're halfway through and we've already got some kids heading to state," Bartlow said. "Today's a big track day and we've got a whole bunch more kids who will qualify."
Today's card includes a few field events, the long jump, high jump and low hurdles for both boys and girls. The boys will run the 3200 and the girls will take on the 1600.
Complete results for all competing schools will be in Sunday's Union-Bulletin.