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Falcons throw mighty good invite

"Stats: Westling InvitationalGirls team scoresSouth Whidbey 136, Oak Harbor 134.5, Mountain View 129, Marysville-Pilchuck 128.5, Port Angeles 83.5, Sedro Woolley 29, Coupeville 28, Vashon Island 26, Ballard 18, Granite Falls, 8.5, Ingraham 6, Bush School 5 Individual resultsDistance medley - 1. Marysville-Pilchuck 12:34, 4. S. Whidbey 14:02; 100 hurdles - 1. Jess Roundy (Coupeville) 16.76, 3. C. Robinson 17.3, 10. Bartlett 18.14; 100 - 1. Wendy McDermott 13.1, 4. Bates 13.36, 5. Binford 13.42; 1,600 - 1. Nikki Gamble 5:15.5, 7. Schwager 5:46.8, 8. Gabelein 5:47.0; 4x100 - 1. S. Whidbey (Bates, Poolman, Binford, McGillen) 51.36, 2. Port Angeles 52.16; 400 - 1. Bethany Veach (OH) 59.36, 13. Skouras 68.47, 15. Schorr 69.54; 300 hurdles - 1. Sheena Darling (OH) 48.33, 5. C. Robinson 50.26, 10. Bartlett 53.60; 800 - 1. Molly Bull (Oak Harbor) 2:19.26, 10. Gabelein 2:39.7, 12. Kelly 2:43.4; 200 - 1. Wendy McDermott (MV) 27.27, 2. Binford 27.48, 4. Bates 27.68; 3,200 - 1. Kristin Calvert (MV) 11:44.90, 3. Depender 12:32.50, 4. DeGraaf 12:49.5, 5. Enell 12:55.8; 4x200 - 1. Oak Harbor 1:53.29, 4. S. Whidbey 1:55.94; 4x400 - 1. Oak Harbor 4:08.69, 5. S. Whidbey 4:34.5; Shot put - 1. Mary Beeman (PA) 38-1, 5. Poolman 30-4 1/2, 17. Ackley 18-1; Triple jump - 1. McGillen 35-1; Pole vault - 1. (tie) McGillen, TePaske (OH) 7-6; High jump - 1. Horn 4-10Boys team scoresMarysville-Pilchuck 171, Port Angeles, 118.5, Oak Harbor 109, 4. South Whidbey 94, Mountain View 89.5, Sedro Woolley 59, Coupeville 36.5, Bush School 9.5, Granite Falls 7, Ballard 3, Vashon Island, 1, Ingraham 1 Individual resultsDistance medley - 1. Marysville-Pilchuck 10:54.7, 2. S. Whidbey 11:12.9; 100 - 1. Chris Weed 11.64, 4. Ellison 11.78, 7. Wills 11.98; 1,600 - 1. Scott Sebens 4:18.3, 2. Giswold 4:23.0, 6. Bilyeu 4:46.6; 4x100 - 1. Marysville-Pilchuck 44.38, 2. S. Whidbey 45.66; 400 - 1. Jeremy Morgan 50.23, 8. Candelario 54.65; 300 hurdles - 1. Stefan Kulpa (OH) 41.16, 11. Jerome 52.35; 800 - 1. Scott Sebens (Oak Harbor) 1:59.50, 2. Giswold, 3. Perkins 2:01.77; 200 - 1. Brandon Erickson (Mountain View) 23.65, 5. Ellison 24.32, 6. Ford 24.68; 3,200 - 1. Michael Koenigs (MP) 9:47.4, 4. Hymas 10:02.5; 4x400 - 1. Oak Harbor 3:29.69, 2. S. Whidbey 3:34.69; Shot put - 1. Lance Hebert (PA) 50-11 1/4, 12. Moote 37-02; Long jump - 1. Chris Weed (MP) 19-06, 3. Perkins 18-10 1/2, 10. Moote 17-04 1/2.Photo: Kellie Horn tosses the discus during South Whidbey's Westling Invitational.Matt Johnson/staff photoIt wasn't easy being big Saturday afternoon.Every year, the South Whidbey High School boys and girls track teams invite the best 4A and 3A track teams, along with a smattering of 2A teams, to their annual Westling Invitational. Every year, in one way or another, the Falcons remind the big school athletes that South Whidbey is a track and field hotbed.That reminder came in jolting fashion in the girls meet. Protecting a small lead over Oak Harbor in the team competition, the girl Falcons found themselves in a losing dilemma entering the day's final event, the 4x400 relay. Regular team member Samantha Watson was ill and absent from the meet and, said Falcon coach Doug Fulton, three likely alternates had left the meet early. Needing at least a sixth-place finish in the event, the relay team turned to sophomore distance runner Kirsten Smethurst, who had long finished her last event and changed into street clothes.Smethurst changed back into her track uniform and jumped into the relay to boost the team to a fifth place finish, giving the Falcons a one-and-a-half-point victory over Oak Harbor. That nailbiter was the only way the Falcons could have added any more excitement to the meet. As meet records fell to athletes from a number of teams, local athletes toppled plenty of marks. Although he runner up to Oak Harbor's Scott Sebens in the 1,600 and 800 meter runs, junior Braden Giswold ran fast enough to rub out an 18-year-old school record in the mile. His 4:23.7 was a hair faster than Matt Roe's 4:24 in 1982, and was also faster than the previous meet record. Also, in the girls 4x100 relay, the team of Dail Bates, Melissa Poolman, Lindsay Binford, and Andrea McGillen set a season-best mark of 51.36 in a winning effort, coming within 0.2 seconds of the meet record.More unwanted excitement came in the boys 4 x 400 race when officials at the start line failed to notice freshman Falcon Andy Wills trying to start out of the blocks. The race started before Wills was set, putting the team at a 25-meter disadvantage from the get-go. The team rallied, nonetheless, racing to second place behind an Oak Harbor team.Also coming up with strong performances were Lindsay Binford and Dail Bates in the 100 and 200, Karen Schwager in the 1,600, Brandon Bilyeu in the 1,600, and Brett Perkins, who not only ran a season-best in the 800, but leaped to third place in the long jump.The boys took fourth in the team competition, behind winner Marysville-Pilchuck.Boys, girls win in BlaineOn Thursday, the Falcons won the boys and girls side of a North Cascades Conference quadrangular in Blaine, downing the home team, Nooksack Valley, and Lakewood. Brett Perkins won the 200 dash in 23.66 seconds and Braden Giswold won the 3,200, posting the fastest time in the NCC this year at 9:40.5. The boys also picked up big points by winning the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.Winners for the girls team were Andrea McGillen in the long and triple jumps, Dail Bates in the 100 and 200 dashes, and the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams.The Falcons compete next at next weekend's Shoreline Invitational (boys) and Lake Washington Invitational (girls)."

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