Lanning leads W-P at SCAC track meet

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BENTON CITY — Owen Lanning played a part in three victories for Waitsburg-Prescott’s track team at a South Central Athletic Conference track and field meet at Kiona-Benton here Tuesday.

Lanning won the 300-meter hurdles in 44.48, the triple jump at 40 feet, 8.5 inches, and was on the 4x400 relay (joined by Al Sessay, Kevin Aquino and Travis Crockett) that won in 3:45.98.

He also was second in the 110 hurdles in 18.36.

On the W-P girls side, Emily Adams picked up victories in the 800 meters (2:41.20) and 1,600 meters (5:57.93), was second in the triple jump (30-4.5), and third in the long jump (14 feet even).

Aquino was second in the 400 (54.63) and fourth in the 100 (12.31).

E.J. Meserve placed second in the boys 1,600 in 5:05.82, Jesse Benson was third in the 110 hurdles in 19.88, Brandon Penner was third in the discus at 113 feet and third in the javelin at 121 feet, and Zion Branson was fourth in the discus at 109 feet and fourth in the shot put at 36-8.5.

Kassidy Kuydendall was second in the girls 400 in 1:11.02, and was on the 4x100 relay with Blanca Quiroz, Bailey Edwards and Courtney Rogowski that was second in 1:01.52.

Waitsburg-Prescott was the lone Class 2B school at the meet, along with Class 1A school Ki-Be, Mabton, Royal and Wahluke. Team scores were not kept.

W-P coach Jeff Bartlow said he was happy his team was able to attend the meet for the second year in a row.

“It fits in nice to our schedule,” Bartlow said. “We have the invite this Saturday at Ritzville and this is a perfect meet for us.

“And, we had some very good performances,” he said. “On the girls side, our throwers really excelled. All three of our disk throwers got new marks (Kimmie Hamann, Beka Adams and Meara Baker), and Selina (Benito ) a new mark in the shot put.

“Blanca Quiroz had her best day on the track in her four events,” Bartlow said. “The best day, however, goes to freshman Emily Adams with four personal records in her events. She was pretty tough yesterday with new marks in the long and triple jump and 800 and 1,600. We had her do the 800 rather than the 3,200, and moving her around allows us to find out what we want her to do at district. She had a great day.

“On the boys side, we had some very good performances as well,” he said. “Sprinter Kevin Aquino continues to improve in the 400 and is our best sprinter in the 100. He is also in both relays. Our 4x4 team of Travis Crocket, Al Sessay, Kevin Aquino and Owen Lanning had a PR time of 3:45 and that is, right now, tops in our league. Dalton (LaRue, who was sick) is in that relay and the replacement (Crocket) ran a very good leg. This relay team has a nice shot at state. It was an exciting race, too, with Owen Lanning making up some ground and winning it at the tape.

“E.J. Meserve ran PRs in the 1,600 and 3,200,” Bartlow said. “His 1,600 was quite a race with Victor Garcia (from Royal) edging out E.J. at the tape. It was the most exciting race of the day (along with the 4x4 finish) and a PR for E.J. by over 10 seconds.

“Brandon Penner highlighted the boys teams in the throws with two third-place finishes and a PR in the disk at 113. He is working extreemly hard at both events.

“Overall, I’m very pleased,”he said. “I’m looking forward to the big meet on Saturday in Ritzville. This is a brand new track at Ritzville and the first meet ever on it. It should be fun.”

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