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Falcons push pace at Holder Relays

"Photo: Sam Watson clears the high jump bar in a meet earlier this year. She and other Falcon high jumpers nearly swept the event at a NCC quadrangular at Granite Falls Thursday.Matt Johnson/staff photoFalcon trackThursday's resultsGirls team scoresSouth Whidbey 136, Nooksack 62, Blaine 56, G. Falls 16.Individual results100 hurdles - 1. C. Robinson 17.4, 2. Bartlett 18.4; 100 - 1. McGillen 13.2, 3. Bates 13.4; 1,600 - 1. Coulter (B) 5:46.2, 2. Enell 5:53, 3. Gabelein 5:55, 4. Smethurst 6:01.5, 5. Schwager 6:02; 4x100 - 1. Bates, Poolman, Reuland, McGillen (SW) 52.7; 400 - 1. Venn (N) 62.0, 2. Poolman 65.1, 3. Skouras 68.0; 300 hurdles - 1. C. Robinson 52.0, 3. Bartlett 56.3, 5. Horn 57.3; High jump - 1. Horn 4-8, 2. C Robinson 4-6, 4. Watson 4-4; 800 - 1. Coulter (B) 2:37.4, 2. Kelly 2:41.6, 3. Skouras 2:41.6, 4. Schwager 2:44; Javelin - 1. Bradford, (N) 88-7, 5. K Robinson 71-1; Long jump - 1. McGillen 15-3, 2. Horn 13-9; 200 - 1. Bates 27.4, 2. Binford 27.5; Shot put - 1. Shoeburg (N) 29-4, 4. Poolman 28-4; Triple jump - 1. McGillen 32-8, 3. Mast 26-4; 3,200 - 1. Enell 13:10, 2. DeGraaf 13:13, 3. Smethurst 13:14Boys team scoresS. Whidbey 108, Blaine 72, G. Falls 40, Nooksack 37Individual results100 - 1. Ellison 11.6, 3. Steiner 11.7, 4. Wills 11.8, 5. Chris Ford 12.1; 1,600 - 1. Giswold 4:33.2, 2. Hymas 4:41.9; 4x100 - S. Whidbey 46.5; 400 - 1. Westman (B) 51.4, 2. Perkins 52.2, 3. Bilyeu 53.3, 4. Wills 53.9, 5. Candelario 54.0; 300 hurdles; Skillman (N) 44.9, 5. Little 52.0; 800 - 1. Giswold 2:03.0, 2. Bilyeu 2:05.0, 3. Candelario 2:10.0; Long jump - 1. Steiner 17-9, 3. Moote 16-9, 4. Bowers 16-4; 200 - 1. Westman (B) 23.5, 2. Perkins 23.8, 3. Ellison 24.4, 5. Ford 25.3; 4x400 - 1. Wills, Bilyeu, Giswold, Perkins (SW) 3:33.2; High jump - 1. Holt (N) 6-4, 2. Murphy 6-0; 3,200 - 1. Hymas 10:17, 2. Giswold 11:20; 4x400 - 1. Giswold, Perkins, Wills, Bilyeu 3:32Saturday's resultsDon Holder Relays - at Eisenhower High SchoolFrosh-soph winners (boys)100- 1. Johnson (Eisenhower) 11.3, 3. Wills 11.6; 400 - 1. Wills 53.3; 800 - 1. Bilyeu 2:06.7; 1,600 - 1. Bilyeu 4:44.3; Shot put - Snavely (Seattle Prep) 36-7 3/4, 4. Little 34-4; High jump - 1. Murphy 5-10.Frosh winners (girls)100 hurdles - 1. C. Robinson 17.1; High jump - 1. Horn 4-10, 2. C. Robinson 4-10; Long jump - 1. Horn 14-8. Varsity (boys and girls): Triple jump - 1. McGillen 34-5.25; 3,200 - 5. Enell 12:44; 4x100 - 5. Bates, Poolman, Binford, McGillen (SW) 51.9; 4x200 - Bates, Poolman, Binford, McGillen (SW) 1:51.9; 400 - 4. Perkins 53.3 If they are saving the best for last, South Whidbey's runners, jumpers and throwers are going to be unbelievable at the May 26-27 state meet in Cheney.Over two meets last week, more than a dozen athletes leapt far ahead of where they might have been expected to be this early in the season. Three relay teams -- the boys 4x400, the girls 4x100, and girls 4x200 -- hit the times they will need to make it to the biggest meet of the year, while several individuals took big steps of their own. In the process, the spring-break depleted Falcons handily won a North Cascades Conference quadrangular on both the boys and girls sides Thursday, than stormed onto Eisenhower High School's track to snag eight event wins against some of the best track and field teams in the state.Coming up with perhaps the biggest coup of the week were Dail Bates, Andrea McGillen, Kenady Reuland, and Melissa Poolman. The four girls made big time cuts in their 4x100 and 4x200 relay runs in high winds at Saturday's Holder Relays, cutting 0.8 seconds off the shorter race and more than a second off the longer. This is the second year this particular team has run as a unit and, according to track coach Doug Fulton, the girls may run even faster under better conditions.Also putting runners around the state on notice was the boys 4x400 team. Running a 3:32 in the event Thursday, Brett Perkins, Andy Wills, Brandon Bilyeu, and Braden Giswold ranked themselves among the state's top-three teams.Other strong performances at the Holder Relays came from Wills -- who set a freshman meet record in the 400 -- Caitlin Robinson in the 100 and 300 hurdles, Andrea McGillen in the long and triple jumps, and Jessie Enell in the 3,200. Enell managed a 12:44 personal record time in the event, even though she had to run into the wind for more than half the race. The effort impressed her coach. And it's more remarkable because she was running into that wind, Fulton said.The Falcons run next on April 13 in a triangular meet at Stanwood. "

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