Hess wins discus at Hermiston

HERMISTON, ORE. - Following her impressive second place finish in the discus the previous weekend at the prestigious Pasco Invitational, Bickleton's Annie Hess did one better this past Saturday at the Hermiston Invitational.

Hess was the only member of the Bickleton High School track and field team to be competing at the Hermiston meet, which featured a variety of schools from Oregon and Washington.

Hess, who is the overall state leader in the discus, won the event at Hermiston with a season best throw of 143-0.

"It felt like a really easy throw," said Hess.

Hess's previous best in the discus was last week's runner-up mark of 139-2 at Pasco.

Hess said her goal in the discus at the State meet in a couple of weeks is to hit 150 feet.

On Saturday, Hess actually had a mark of 146-0 in her first discus throw. Hess said the spotter at Hermiston told her she had scratched on her opening throw. Hess hit her winning mark of 143-0 on her third throw.

The closest competitor Hess had in the discus on Saturday was from a Pasco hurler, who took runner-up honors with a throw of 126-0.

Hess also took fourth in the shotput with a toss of 37-9. A West Valley-Yakima athlete won the girls shotput with a toss of 39-6.

"I was happy with it," said Hess of her shotput mark, which she made on her last attempt.

Hess said she will be working towards her mark of 150 feet in the discus.

"I am not too worried about it," said Hess. "It will happen when it happens."

The Pirates will be at a meet in White Swan on Tuesday.



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