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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Bickleton's Harvey ends career with vault, hurdle medals

 

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Kira Harvey hurdles an obstacle during the 100 meter hurdles at the state meet in Cheney.

Bickleton senior Kira Harvey closed out a long and successful high school track and field career for the Pirates with a pair of medals at last weekend's state track and field meet in Cheney.

Making her fourth and final trip to the big dance, Harvey competed in both the 100 meter hurdles and the pole vault, finishing seventh in the hurdles finals while also taking third after a long battle in the pole vault.

One week after setting a new personal record at the District 5/6 1B State Qualifying Meet in the pole vault at 9 feet, 3 inches, Harvey, Glenwood's Brooklyn Emerson, and Pomeroy's Sydney Watko were the three vaulters left alive after each cleared nine feet.

Even though she wasn't able to top the 9-03 mark like the previous week, Harvey was able to come away with the third place finish with her 9 foot vault, her highest mark at state since finishing runner-up in the event at the 2015 state meet. Watko finished first at 9-03, and Emerson runner-up at 9 in the vault.

Harvey rounded out her high school track career having placed all four years in the vault, taking second as a freshman in 2015, sixth in 2016, fifth in 2017, and third this season.

She also finished strong in her running event and closed out her career having placed in all three 100 meter hurdles races she's competed in at state.

She notched the sixth fastest preliminary time at 17.98 seconds, and went on to take seventh in the event with a finals time of 18.56.

The lone competitor for the Bickleton girls, Harvey garnered all eight of the Pirates' team points with her vault and hurdles finishes.

Junior Michael Gannon competed in the pole vault on the boys side, the second straight year he's competed in the event at state, but just missed placing after his 10-06 vault placed him 10th. The week earlier at the qualifying meet, Gannon set a new personal best with an 11 foot vault.

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Christian Arriaga runs in the 3,200 meters on Thursday at the state track and field meet in Cheney.

He also ran for the second straight year in the 3,200 meters, edging teammate Christian Arriaga for an eighth place finish with a season-best time of 10 minutes, 50.15 seconds. Arriaga, a freshman, was competing at state for the second year after debuting in 2017 as an eighth grader in the 3,200.

He took 11th last year and moved up two slots at this year's meet after finishing the two-mile run in 10:50.5, over 30 seconds faster than he ran last season at state. That wasn't Arriaga's only event though, as he also ran the 1,600 to a 12th place showing in 5:05.40.

The Pirates also had one relay team compete in Cheney. Their 4x400 relay team consisting of Hayden Andrews, Gannon, and Christian and Cesareo Arriaga finished the four-lap relay in 4:09.32, but missed advancing out of the preliminaries.

 

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