W-P opens track season with strong showings at Hanford

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RICHLAND — Waitsburg-Prescott’s track and field squad opened its season with a six-team meet at Hanford High Wednesday.

W-P coach Jeff Bartlow said weather conditions weren’t optimal, with strong winds throughout.

“I was proud of how our kids responded to the conditions,” he said.

Highlights for W-P included Owen Lanning, who “had a pretty good day with a 40-plus-foot triple jump ,and for the first meet that is outstanding,” Barlow said. “His best jump a year ago was 40-feet, 6 inches, so he is right where we want him.”

Lanning also “had a great effort in the 300 hurdles with a time of 44.5 seconds which was also right about where he left off a year ago,” as well as the best split time in the 4x400 relay.

So we were very pleased with his first day out,” Bartlow said.

Kobie Brown “showed some heart in his legs in the 4x400 (relay) and also high jumped 5-10,” which was good for second, he said. “He was also our fastest athlete in the 100-meter (12.54 hand time) dash.

“Overall, our hurdlers did some good things in the conditions,” Bartlow said. “Jesse Benson, for the first time, ran well, as did Dalton Larue. Mark Turley also did it for the first time. All three of these guys have never ran hurdles and for our first meet, I was pleased.”

In the throwing events, W-P’s Mark Montgomery and Zion Branson both had personal records in the disk, and Nate Bartlow led the team in the shot with a mark of 37 feet.

E.J. Meserve “ran a gutty 3,200 and placed second,” the coach said. “That race was one of the more competitive races of the day.

“Our 4x100 team (Kevin Aquino, Brown, Al Sessay and Lerue) had two poor handoffs and still ran a respectable 48.5, so with a little work we can make some positive strides with that team.,” Bartlow said.

On the girls side, Beka Adams had a personal best in the shot, and Blanca Quiroz had a solid time in the 200, he said.

W-P’s next meet is the first Distict 9 meet, on Wednesday in Clarkston.

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