The Huskie track and field team turned in a strong performance last Thursday as the host team in a CWAC dual-league meet against East Valley-Yakima and Wapato. Head coach Jerad Farley said his team did exceptionally well, with many kids setting new personal records. "We had throwers across the board set new PRs," he said. "If you could pick anytime for your kids to start to PR, it would be now." Sophomore Ethan Johnston cleared 39-4.25 in the shot put, setting a new personal best and finishing fourth. Chase Johnston finished sixth in the shot put and first in the javelin with a 129-06 throw - a new personal best. Colton Hall cleared 100-feet for the first time in the discus, finishing fourth with a 106-2 toss. Conor Weise and Ben Azevedo finished fifth and sixth. Senior hurdler Marco Peña continued to dominate in both hurdling events, getting top honors in both races and setting a new personal best in the 110 meter with a 15.44 second finish. He is now ranked No. 1 in the CWAC in the 110-meter race and fifth in the 300 meter. "He's peaking right now, which is a really good sign," Farley said. Kaden Krebs and Miguel Silva finished fourth and fifth in the high jump. Krebs is tied for ninth overall in the CWAC. Azevedo won the pole vault with a 10-foot jump and set a new PR. Krebs cleared 9-06, also setting a new personal best. Silva finished fourth in the long jump and fifth in the triple jump. He is currently ranked third in the CWAC in the long jump. Three Huskies ran the 100-meter race in under 12 seconds, with Manny Martinez taking top honors, Chris Hernandez finishing third and Marco Peña fourth. All three set new personal records in the event. Martinez and Hernandez finished third and fourth in the 200 meter. Martinez is ranked seventh in the conference in both the 100-meter and 200-meter events. Azevedo finished fourth in the 400 meter. Ryan Gonzalez finished third in the 800 meter. Junior Cody Alvarez ran the 1600 meter in 5:13.48, finishing third. Gabe Arellano finished sixth in the event. Alvarez ran the 3200-meter race in 11:48.88, finishing second. The 4x400 relay team ran a 3:51.80, beating EV-Yakima but losing to Wapato. The team includes Arturo Aranzazu, Azevedo, Martinez and Peña. The girls were equally impressive with several top finishes and new personal bests. Senior Rachel Nichols finished second in the shot put, setting a new personal best with a 31-06.50 throw. She is tied for fifth in the conference. "She's really improving rapidly," Farley said. Asucena Alvarado finished second in the discus, with Nichols in third. Both set new PRs. Jumper Carly Taff had two first-place finishes in the high jump and pole vault. She is tied for sixth in the conference in the high jump. The Othello sophomore also finished fourth in the long jump and third in the triple jump Michelle Murillo took home top honors in the 3200 meter. She is ranked seventh in the CWAC. Allison Garza grabbed a first place in the 300-meter hurdles, with Jailene Alvarez taking first in the 100-meter hurdles and Garza finishing second. Alvarez's time of 18.56 seconds was a new personal best. Garza's time of 19.50 was also a new personal best. Alvarez is now ranked ninth in the conference in the 100-meter hurdles. Garza is ranked sixth in the 300-meter event. The Huskies also had several second-place finishes. Garza, running the 200-meter dash for the first time this year, finished second in 29.71 seconds. Kaitie Barnett ran the 400 meters in 1:12.45, to finish third. Lindsy Gatewood finished third in the 800 meter, setting a new personal best with a time of 2:52.71. The 4x400 relay team beat Wapato but lost to EV. Barnett, V. Murillo, Kassandra Suarez and Garza make up the team. Jocelin Gallardo finished third in the 100-meter sprint. In team competition, the girls defeated Wapato and lost to East Valley. The boys lost to both schools. "Things are looking really good for these kids ... with just two weeks until districts, this is a good sign," Farley said. He said some of the kids keep practicing and practicing and then - "bam, it starts to happen." Saturday, April 26, Othello traveled to the Undeberg Invitational in Ritzville, where the boys team finished ninth, out of 27 schools, with 32.5 team points. The girls turned in eight points for a 20th-place finish. "That was an awesome meet and really cool that we got to face some competition we normally don't see," Farley said. Most of the teams were from the B and 1A level. Peña finished the day with two second-place finishes in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles. His 41.60 second race in the 300 meter was a new personal best and over half a second faster than his previous best. Martinez finished fourth in the 100 meter with a time of 12.03 seconds and ninth in the 200 meter. Hernandez ran a 24.75 second 200-meter race, finishing seventh. He also finished 10th in the 100 meter. Azevedo ran the 400 meter in 55.60 seconds, finishing 10th. He finished eighth in the pole vault, clearing 10 feet, and equaling his personal best. Othello sophomore Jose Mendoza finished ninth and 10th in the 110- and 300-meters hurdles. Huskie throwers C. Johnston, E. Johnson and Weise finished in the top-18 in the shot put. All cleared 36-feet, with Weise setting a personal best toss at 36-05.25. He also PR'd in the discus with a 111-03 throw. C. Johnston threw the javelin 129-01 for a 14th-place finish. Silva jumped to a new season's best in the long jump, clearing 20-01.25 and finishing third overall. "He finally got his marks down and had a really big jump," Farley said. "He cleared 22-feet last year so he's getting there." Nichols cleared 31-feet in the shot put for the second straight meet, finishing sixth with a toss of 31-3. She finished 13th in the discus. Garza set a new personal best in the 300-meter hurdlers, finishing fourth in 52.34 seconds. She finished 10th in the 100-meter hurdles and 15th in the 200-meter sprint. "We're really excited for that," Farley said. The team travels to Toppenish High School tonight for a CWAC dual-league meet. The junior varsity squads travels to the Cadet JV Invite, in Yakima, Tuesday, May 6.