Track and field competes twice; Spence cruises to pair of wins

Marisol Uribe, at right, passes the baton to Jasmine Vasquez in the 4x400 relay at the CliftonLarsonAllen Invitational April 23 in Quincy.

Quincy High School track and field logged some outstanding performances with a large group competing Friday in the Connell Invitational and then a few athletes competing in the 62nd Shelton Invitational on Saturday.

At Connell, the Quincy boys as a team took third place among 10 teams, with only Ephrata and Connell teams outscoring them.

Aidan Wallace got a PR in discus, throwing 112’ and taking fifth place.

“Aidan Wallace had a standout performance in the discus with a throw of 112 feet, improving his personal best by 17 feet,” wrote boys head coach Andrew Schmitt in an email.

Aidan Heikes competed in high jump, setting a PR of 5’8”, and winning second place in the event. Heikes won third place in the triple jump with a new PR distance of 41’5”. And, he threw the javelin 127’3” and took sixth place.

In the long jump, Ethan Gregg soared to a PR distance of 19’11” and won third place in the event. In triple jump, Gregg got another PR, 38’7”, and landed in fifth place. He cleared 5’4” in high jump and took fourth place.

Jalen Spence won the 110-meter hurdles with a PR time of 16 seconds flat. He won the 300-meter hurdles by more than a second with a time of 41.86.

Ecduy Gordillo ran a PR time of 56.70 in the 400 meters and nabbed fourth place.

Levi Kukes won second place in the 3,200 meters with a PR time of 11:22.26.

“Levi Kukes continues to show that hard work pays off, having cut over 35 seconds off his 3,200-meter time since the beginning of the season,” Schmitt wrote.

The Quincy girls as a team finished in sixth place among 10 teams at the meet.

Guadalupe Valladolid-Solis took fourth place in discus with a PR distance of 78’5” and finished 13th in the shot put.

“Guadalupe Valladolid had a solid competition,” Schmitt wrote.

Jasmine Vasquez won second place in the long jump with a PR distance of 15’5”.

“Jasmine Vasquez had an eventful Friday night, earning second place in the long jump by improving her personal record over one foot … . Continuing a busy evening, she set a personal record of 1 minute 10 seconds in the 400-meter dash and claimed fifth place in the high jump,” Schmitt wrote.

Shea Heikes earned third place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.22. In the 300-meter hurdles, she took fourth with a time of 53.60. She also took fourth place in the triple jump with a PR distance of 30’7”.

The Quincy girls team in the 4x100 relay – Dulce Bautista, Yeslin Ramos, Hazel Smedley and Nallely Uribe – took fourth place in 1:02.01.

In the 4x200 relay, Marisol Uribe, Heikes, Vasquez and Haila Caryl Knight took third place with a time of 2:01.40.

At the Shelton Invitational meet on Saturday, Quincy girls together tied for 18th place among 36 teams. Quincy boys tied for 15th place among 39 teams.

Schmitt provided the following summary of the Jackrabbits’ trip to compete in Shelton.

“We traveled over 440 miles to the attend the 62nd Shelton Invitational, one of the more competitive invitationals in all of Washington state,” he wrote in an email. “You must meet a minimum qualifying standard to enter an event, so much of the competition will go on to be state placers and champions.

“After scratching his first throw in discus, Reid Thomsen settled in and had a strong performance on his way to a fifth-place medal in the discus with a throw of 128’11”.

“Jalen Spence had a busy weekend, competing in the 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles on both Friday and Saturday. Cruising to victory in both events at Connell, he set his sights towards proving himself against elite competition on Saturday. After setting a personal record of 16.00 seconds in the 110s on Friday night he narrowly missed the podium on Saturday with a time of 16.17 seconds. Using that as motivation, Jalen shaved nearly a half second off his time in the 300s, from Friday to Saturday, to earn a third-place medal with a time of 41.43 seconds.

“Jasmine Vasquez continued her phenomenal weekend of competition by matching her personal record of 4 feet 6 inches in the high jump and ranking 10th at Shelton.

“Kallie Kooistra continues to rise to the level of competition around her. Coming into the discus event ranked 11th out of the competitors, she took home a sixth-place medal by setting a new personal record of 97’3”.

“Joceline Schaapman displayed true competitive greatness in the hurdle events. After missing out on sixth place by just a single hundredth of a second in the 100-meter hurdles, she gutted out a come-from-behind victory in the 300-meter hurdles to take home first place, setting a new personal best of 48.65 seconds.”

The Caribou Trail League Championship Meet has been scheduled. It will be held at Quincy High School, starting at 4 p.m. May 11.

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