Broersma, Guillen Sunnyside standouts at girls track competition

Shafer earns Grandview two runner-up finishes

ELLENSBURG – Getting one win apiece from senior Brittney Broersma and sophomore Jeniya Guillen, the Sunnyside girls’ track and field team nailed down a sixth-place finish at Saturday’s 12-school Keith Jewett Invitational.

Grandview also competed at the Ellensburg meet, finishing eighth in the girls’ team standings. Host Ellensburg won the girls’ team title, with Wenatchee a distant second.

Broersma and Guillen claimed their invite titles in the 200 and 400-meter runs.

In the 200m, the senior Broersma hit the tape two-tenths of a second ahead of Ashleigh Fraser of Cle Elum, the runner-up in 27.48 seconds. Broersma’s clocking was 27.29.

The sophomore Guillen, in winning the 400m, recorded an all-time personal best clocking of 1:01.53. Monroe High School sophomore Natalie Logan was a close second in the 12-runner field (1:01.81).

Guillen also teamed with Cecilia Guillen, Adela Castaneda and Emilee Maldonado for a second-place finish in the 4x400 girls’ relay. The SHS foursome sped to the finish line in 4:24.10. A squad from Monroe won in a time of 4:20.43.

Broersma, in addition to winning the 200-meter dash, earned the Lady Grizzlies third-place team points in the two hurdles races. In the 100m hurdles, Broersma clocked a time of 16.99. Emily Bland of Monroe (15.74) and Jordyn Arlt of Ellensburg (16.07) were the only two girls to beat her. In the longer 300m hurdles, Broersma’s third best clocking of 47.85 – a personal record - was bested by the winner Bland (46.91) and the runner-up, Lindsey Wapato of Wenatchee (47.76).

Sunnyside also received a third-place finish at the Ellensburg meet from freshman Jessica Linde. Competing in the 100-meter dash, the underclassman turned a few heads with her clocking of 13.50 seconds. Ironically, two other freshmen finished ahead of her from the 17-girl field – Kayla Chauvin of Wenatchee (13.37) and Jamie Fassler of Prosser (13.47).

“All in all, the kids competed really well,” said Sunnyside Coach Darren Mezger. “They stepped up and it was good to see that.”

Grandview’s standout performer on the day proved to be senior Jamila Shafer. She racked up a pair of runner-up finishes in the discus (105-2) and javelin (106-0).

Shafer, too, managed a sixth-place leap in the girls’ pole vault (7-0).

The two other ‘Top 6’ finishes the Grandview girls’ squad gleaned from Saturday’s meet were the sixth-place efforts of Ayisha Guillen in the 200-meter run and Cynthia Robles in the 1600m.

Grandview’s track team is scheduled to compete at a CWAC meet at West Valley High School this coming Thursday, the same day Sunnyside’s track and field squad will be at Eastmont High School.

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