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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Bickleton track and field should again be well represented at state

 

March 14, 2018

Brandon Cline

Senior Kira Harvey is shown preparing for her pole vault turn at last year's state meet.

Two years ago, the Bickleton Pirates boys team captured the Class 1B State Championships and last year had another good showing at state.

Although they lost some key seniors from last year's team, the Pirates again should have a strong boys program with the return of many former state competitors.

The girls team, however small, is led by senior standout Kira Harvey, who will be aiming at her fourth straight appearance at the state meet later this season.

The Pirates graduated a pair of runners and jumpers in Riley Brown and Kyle Underwood, who both competed in multiple events at last year's state meet while also making up half of Bickleton's 4x400 relay team.

But the team brings back a handful of younger athletes who are hungry for more success as they continue their high school careers.

One of those is junior Michael Gannon. Gannon made his first appearance at the state meet last season, picking up a pair of sixth place finishes in the pole vault and 3,200 run. He cracked the school's top 10 mark in the vault last year with his 10-foot mark, and sits at No. 4 in the 3,200. He trails his brother and 2016 Bickleton graduate, Andrew, for the top spot in the event in school history by about 30 seconds.

As an eighth grader, Christian Arriaga joined Gannon at state in the 3,200 and also is a strong vaulter, and should have more state appearances down the road.

Sophomore Scott McBride got his feet wet at state as a freshman last season in the discus. The power thrower has had some strong throws, and his 40 foot, 4.5 inch, throw in the shot put on Saturday at the Eisenhower Jamboree is over three feet further than his best throw last season. He sits at No. 4 in the school's record book in both the discus and shot.

On the girls side, Harvey has competed at state in multiple events every year of her high school career, and there's no reason why she shouldn't be back again later this season. She is one of the fastest short-distance runners in school history (No. 1 in school history at 13.26 seconds in the 100), is equally fast when hurdles are placed in front of her, and owns the school's No. 2 overall mark in the pole vault at nine feet, four inches off Star Kibby's mark in 2009.

The Pirates will be at Wahluke for the WindBreaker Invitational on Friday at 3:30 p.m.

 

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