Hermiston senior sprinter Chris Behrendt had his best day on the track this season, leading the Bulldogs to a third-place finish Saturday at the Strandberg meet at Central Valley High School in Spokane.
Behrendt took silver in the 400-meter (50.86 seconds) and bronze in the 200-meter (22.61), both season bests. He also ran the final leg for Hermiston’s 4x100 relay team, which finished second. Cory Adams, Sheridan Zumwalt and Tyler McCabe were his relay teammates.
Zumwalt, a senior, also scored for Hermiston with a silver in the 300-meter hurdles at 41.94 seconds and bronze in the triple jump with a distance of 40 feet, 4.5 inches.
Hayden Earl, a junior, finished second in the 3,200-meter race with a 10:25.50, just a quarter of a second behind winner Evan Sanford of Mead (WA).
Home team Central Valley won the meet with 120 points, Chiawana scored 84 and Hermiston had 67.5 in the 21 team field.
On the girls side, Hermiston finished seventh with Jazmin Gutierrez throwing a personal best 39 feet, 4 inches in the shot, finishing first. No other girls medaled.
Pendleton jumpers Abby Boozer and Jackie Talbott broke through for wins in the high jump and triple jump at the Heinz Invitational in Ontario.
Boozer, a sophomore, took a share of the high jump title with a personal best jump of 4-10. Talbot added over a foot to her personal best with a 33-8 1/2 jump to grab her first individual gold medal since April 22 of last season.
On the boys side, Gerry Chavez also claimed a rare win. Chavez hurled the discus 144-8 for a 14-foot personal best and his first ever event victory. It was over 20 feet further than any throw he made last season.
Nolan Bylenga won his fourth 800 meter race, running 2:00.76 to coast past the competition. Bylenga currently holds the sixth fastest time in all of Class 5A.
Another day, another pair of gold medals for Umatilla senior Amie Zitterkob.
Zitterkob won both the 100- and 200-meter races at the Keith Jewett Invitational in Ellensburg, Washington, coming in at 12.92 seconds in the short race and 25.89 in the other.
And in both races, Umatilla teammate Andrea Lemus-Cisneros finished right behind at 13.16 and 26.03 seconds.
Genesis Lugo chipped in with a 101 foot, 10 inch throw in the discus, good enough for second place, and the Vikings girls finished tied for fifth.
On the boys’ side Fabian Cardenas, a junior, won the 1,600-meter with a time of 4:26.14. It’s the first time he’s competed in that distance this season, but has three golds in the 1,500-meter under his belt and two in the 3,000-meter.
Abby Rigby, a Pilot Rock freshman, earned the first individual gold of her high school career Saturday with wins in the 100-meter (13.84) and 200-meter (28.68) at the Jo-Hi Invite in Joseph.
Riverside senior Justyce Smith won every event she entered, including the 400-meter (1:02.40), high jump (5 feet) and long jump (15 feet, 6.75 inches).
On the boys’ side, Gunner McCall and Devin Hasher each won gold medals, McCall in the 400-meter (55.80) and Hasher in the high jump (6 feet).
The day belonged to Enterprise High School, which led in both the boys and girls team scores.