March 28, 2012 | LXXI, No. 52

Ladies take center stage at Ray Cross

Kim Barry, Miranda Salas, and Katelynn Schilling all placed as the girls’ team finished 10th at the 38-school Ray Cross Invitational at Ephrata High School last Saturday.

Barry took home third in the 800-meter run, with a time of two minutes, 30 seconds; sixth in the 1600 at 5:45; sixth in the 3200 in 12:36, and pole vaulted for fifth, clearing 7 feet, 6 inches.

Barry finished behind league rival Sierra Speiker of Oroville in both the 1600 and 3200. In both events Barry was working to overcome illness and get back to top form.

Salas placed eighth in javelin with a throw of 89 feet 9 inches. Freshmen Katelynn Schilling was the surprise in the shot put, throwing 29-3 in the fifth flight, the top throw until the middle of the seventh flight. Schilling went on to finals where several Raiders came to cheer her on as she placed seventh.

The boys squad may not have placed, but eight of 11 boys competing set personal records in one or more of their events, Head Coach Lori Adkins pointed out.

Jesse Adkins hit PRs in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles with times of 12.17 and 45.47 seconds. Mattew Timentwa ran for a PR in the 110 hurdles trimming off 1.5 seconds from last week to run a 22.52.

Freshman Octavio Alejandre threw a season PR in the discus with a mark of 78-3.

Nick Gleason achieved three PRs at Ephrata in the 100 (12.15), the 200 (25.05) and in the pole vault, clearing the 8 feet.

On the girls’ team, Charli Knight’s javelin throw of 63-4 topped her prior week effort by 12 feet.

"We are still fine tuning which events athletes will best excel at,” Coach Adkins said. “This might result in them not scoring in a meet like Ray Cross, but sets them up nicely in our league and district standings. This experimentation with events will continue next Friday night when we travel to Cashmere.”

The 10-team Cashmere meet starts Friday at 4 p.m., the Raiders’ first meet of the season against Central Washington League rivals Brewster, Liberty Bell, and Entiat.

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