Payton Radliff was flying high Saturday.
The Richland High junior set two personal bests in the boys long jump, taking third at the 52nd Annual Pasco Invite at Edgar Brown Stadium.
“I just warmed up pretty well and was feeling good,” he said. “I got off the board well.”
Radliff set his PR on his first finals jump, and then topped it on the next one with a leap of 22 feet, 0.25 inches. His previous best was 22 feet flat.Last year at the Invite, Radliff took ninth, so he was more than pleased with his third Saturday. He’s hoping to go even farther as the season wears on.
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“My coach thinks I can go 23,” he said. “I scratched on a 22-7 (on Saturday) ...”
Kamiakin’s K Perrins didn’t set any PRs running on the 4x100-meter relay Saturday, but that didn’t matter one bit.
The senior ruptured a disc in his back during the football season, playing just four games. At the time, he was one of the leading receivers in yards and touchdowns in the Mid-Columbia Conference.
The injury cost him the rest of the season, though he was on the sideline of every game, in a dress shirt and tie. Not exactly the way he planned on spending his senior year.
“It’s awesome,” he said. “I’m a little slower, but it’s awesome to be back.”
Perrins also had planned to play basketball, but that didn’t happen because of the injury.
While he was hurt, he couldn’t run or jog for six months, instead he did pool workouts as he avoided surgery.
Now, he is back on the track for one final push toward the state meet and hopefully a scholarship.
The Braves qualified for state in the 4x100 last season but lost Corey McLean off of that team because of graduation. He’s been replaced by Stuart Miner, who was at Richland last season. Austin Gutierrez and Jim Fowler are back from last year’s squad.
“Guti and Jim have improved a lot,” Perrins said after the Braves won their preliminary heat Saturday and finished 13th overall. “We have had guys step up for a few meets.”
Elsewhere, Hanford’s Ben Kelly had a big day, taking second in the 100 (11.16) and fifth in the 200 (22.64). Walla Walla’s sprint relay made up of Robert Miller, Stuart Gillin, Jonah Hoe and Ethan Gardner took second in 43.09 seconds. Kamiakin’s Brendan Rexus tied for third in the high jump, clearing 6-2, while Pasco’s Zach Kreider was third in the discus at 153-4.
Wenatchee won the team title with 47 points, while Hanford was the best local team in 10th place with 20 points.