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4/10/2014 5:36:00 PM
Hurdler Marco Peña proves he's Best in the Basin
Photo by Eric LaFontaineMarco Peña hurdled to a first-place finish in both the 300-meter and 110-meter hurdles at the Best in the Basin meet in Quincy.
Photo by Eric LaFontaine
Marco Peña hurdled to a first-place finish in both the 300-meter and 110-meter hurdles at the Best in the Basin meet in Quincy.
Photo by Eric LaFontaineOthello runners compete in the 800-meter race at the Best in the Basin meet.
Photo by Eric LaFontaine
Othello runners compete in the 800-meter race at the Best in the Basin meet.
QUINCY - Prior to spring break, head track and field coach Jerad Farley sent both his varsity and junior varsity teams to Quincy for the Best in the Basin meet - where Othello ran, jumped and threw against five area high schools, with the boys finishing fourth and the girls fifth.
"We had another solid showing this week," Farley said. "The Best in the Basin invite is the first opportunity we have to compete as an entire team, both varsity and JV."
Senior hurdler Marco Peña led by example, grabbing two top finishes in the 110 and 300-meter hurdles.
Farley said he has high hopes for Peña as he makes a run at state.
He also finished fourth in the 100 meter, behind teammate Chris Hernandez's third-place finish.
"Chris had also ran well," Farley said.
Freshman mid-distance runner Ulises Neponuceno ran a personal best 2:13.70 in the 800 meter, finishing second, with sophomore Ryan Rodriguez finishing fourth.
Othello's 4x400-meter relay team ran an impressive 3:51.29, finishing second behind Ephrata. The team consists of Ben Azevedo, Trent Butcher, Arturo Aranzazu and Manny Martinez
Farley said the highlight of the night was watching the 4x400 team.
"They all ran a great race," he said. "We haven't had a 4x400 team this competitive in a while ... think they gave Ephrata a little shock as Manny almost caught them at the 200-meter turn on the last leg."
Farley said it's a real testament to the work the kids and coach Jacob Johnston have put in.
Jose Mendoza finished second in the 110-meter hurdles and sixth in the 300 meter. Sophomores Ethan Besherse and Ryan Gonzalez finished sixth and eighth in the 1600 meter. Besherse finished fourth in the 3200-meter race.
Chase Johnston led the throwers with a 38-3 shot put and fourth-place finish. He also finished ninth in the javelin behind younger brother Ethan, who finished eighth with a 124-4 toss.
In the long jump, junior Miguel Silva cleared 18-3.5, finishing fourth.
The girls team had a similar success with several athletes finishing in the top 10.
Seniors Rachel Nichols and Asucena Alvarado each finished with a fourth and fifth place finish - Nichols earned a fourth place in the shot and fifth in the javelin, with a new personal best throw of 80-5. Alvarado finished fourth in the discus and fifth in the shot put.
Junior Berenice Pereguero threw the javelin 81-4, finishing fifth with a new personal best. Marlem Alvarado finished ninth in the discus.
Farley said the kids participating in the throws had an excellent day.
"About 75 percent of our throwers PR'd," he said.
Carly Taff cleared 4-6 in the high jump, setting a new personal best and finishing third. She also finished sixth in the long jump with another personal best - a 13-1.5 jump.
"Carly Taff had a good day with two personal bests," Farley said.
Michelle Murillo ran a 6:19.70 in the 1600 meter, setting a new personal best and finishing fourth.
Maria Larios and Lindsy Gatewood finished seventh and eighth in the 1600 meter.
In the hurdles, freshman Allison Garza finished the 300-meter event in 53.53 seconds, finishing second. Jailene Alvarez and Garza finished sixth and seventh in the 100 meter hurdlesAlvarez finished eighth in the long jump, clearing 12-10. Jasmin Flores jumped 12-9.5, finishing ninth.
Othello does not compete again until Saturday, April 12, at the Davis Invite
in Yakima.

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