Bickleton's Hess 1B State titlist in discus

CHENEY - Bickleton's Eric Hess blew away his peers at 1B State competition this past Friday, throwing more than 10-feet further than anybody else in the discus, earning a first place finish and setting a 1B State record.

"Having finished last year in second and the year before in third, Eric had some unfinished business this year," said Bickleton Coach Darrell Lang.

Hess earned the win in the discus with a throw of 135-1. That was just over five feet further than last year's top discus throw at the 1B State meet.

Bickleton also brought home from Cheney three second-place finishes at State.

Patrick Maeder finished second in the pole vault for the Pirates while clearing 12 feet.

Lady Pirate Star Kibby cleared 8-6 in the pole vault for her second place finish at State, just behind the defending State champion.

Maeder and Kibby will be the top ranked 1B returning vaulters next year.

In his first trip to State, Cody Loomis of Bickleton finished second in the long jump at 19-0.

"Cody took the lead on his next to the last jump, but was overtaken by 1/4 inch on his competitor's next jump," Lang said, adding all jumpers were below their best marks due to inclement weather conditions.

In the boys 110-meter hurdles, Bickleton's Andrew Venema led over the first six hurdles, but clipped the next three to finish in 16:46 for third place honors.

Venema then cleared the 6-foot mark in the high jump for a PR and a fourth place finish.

Venema wasn't done, racing to a fifth place finish in the 300-meter hurdles.

"With little rest between his first two events, he gutted out another PR time in the 300 hurdles to take fifth place," Lang said.

The Bickleton boys were tied for first place at State competition on Friday, but that slipped away on Saturday to an overall fifth place finish.


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