"'Iron' boys, unbeatable girls sweep championships"

"Falcon trackNorth Cascades Conference ChampionshipsBoys team scoresSouth Whidbey 142, Lakewood 135, Mt. Baker 98, Nooksack Valley 72, Blaine 59, L. Christian 55, Meridian 46, Granite Falls 27, Sultan 15Individual results110 hurdles - 1. Mitchell (GF) 16.70; 100 - 1. Ellison 11.43, 2. Wills 11.52; 1,600 - 1. Giswold 4:24.75, 2. Harrison (M) 4:32.92, 4. Bilyeu 4:36.06; 4x100 relay - 1. South Whidbey 44.93, 2. Lakewood 46.02; 400 - 1. Westman (B) 50.57, 2. Perkins 52.47, 4. Wills 52.51; 300 hurdles - 1. Cooper (MB) 40.86; 800 - 1. Giswold 1:56.64, 2. Hartman (L) 1:59.41, 3. Bilyeu 2:01.11, 4. Perkins 2:01.81, 6. Candelario 2:04.75; 200 - 1. Westman (B) 22.85, 4. Wills 23.45, 5. Jesse Ellison 23.98, 6. Perkins 24.25; 3,200 - 1. Harrison (M) 9:49.07, 3. Giswold (SW) 9:54.57, McConnell (L) 10:0.--5.98; 4x400 relay - 1. South Whidbey 3:30.28, 2. Blaine 3:30.82; Javelin - 1. Mitchell (NV) 191-1 1/2; Discus - 1. Roraback (L) 147-11, 3. Steiner 141-4; Triple jump - 1. Holt (NV) 41- 3/4, 4. Moote 38-4 3/4; Shot put - 1. Roraback (L) 50-6 1/2; High jump - 1. Holt (NV) 6-6; Long jump - 1. Holt (NV) 20-10, 4. Perkins 19-10 1/2; Pole vault - 1. McKeehan (L) 13-3Girls team scores:South Whidbey 119, L. Christian 117, Mt. Baker 95, Lakewood 85.5, Sultan 84, Nookack 58.5, Blaine 57.5, Meridian 54, Granite Falls 18.5. Individual results3,200 - 1. B. Krishnek (MB) 11:47.13, 5. Depender 5:37; 100 hurdles - 1. Holt (L) 16.49, 3. C. Robinson (SW) 17.09, 4. Bartlett (SW) 17.62; 100 - 1. Kamiya (S) 12.66, 2. Haan (LC) 12.82, 3. Bates (SW) 12.86; 1,600 - 1. Harrison (M) 5:29.36; 4x100 - 1. Sultan 50.73, 2. S. Whidbey 51.56; 400 - 1. Fellows (MB) 1:01.11; 800 - 1. Harrison (M) 2:24.30, 3. Enell (SW) 2:27.44; 200 - 1. Haan (LC) 26.08, 2. Bates 27.11; 300 hurdles - 1. Holt (L) 46.71, 3. Robinson (SW) 50.57; 4x200 relay - 1. Sultan 1:51.32, 4. S. Whidbey 1:54.16; 4x400 relay - 1. Lynden Christian 4:15.32; Javelin - 1. Howard (S) 114-10; Discus - 1. Jewell (L) 113-7; Triple jump: 1. McGillen 35-6.25; Shot put 1. Riddle (B) 33-1 1/2, 3. Poolman (SW) 30- 1/4; High jump - 1. Horn 5-0, 2. VandenHoek (LC) 4-10, 3. C. Robinson 4-8; Long jump - 1. McGillen 16-3 1/2; Pole vault - 1. Ambrose (MB) 9-6, 2. McGillen 8-0 The last time the South Whidbey girls track team won a league or conference championship, this year's seniors were only five years old. The last time the boys won, this year's freshmen weren't even born yet.Both teams ended their long title droughts Friday, dominating both track and field to win the North Cascades Conference Championship at Lakewood High School. In the boys meet, the Falcons harvested their points in a variety of events on the shoulders of a few athletes. Braden Giswold, Brett Perkins, Andy Wills, Brandon Bilyeu, and Matt Steiner scored more than 90 points on their own, while just 11 Falcons scored in total. At the same time, the girls stayed undefeated in the NCC this season, edging Lynden Christian with strong performances in nearly every event.Senior sprinter Jessie Ellison started the boys 142-point scoring avalanche early in the day. In the 100 dash, Meridian's Chase Schmidtz gave Ellison a boost as he disqualified himself by causing a false start. With one rival out of the way, Ellison ran a career best 11.43 seconds. At the same time, he paced Falcon freshman Andy Wills to the runner-up spot, pulling him along to an 11.52 finish. In the distance races, Braden Giswold was the head iron man, winning the 800 in a meet record 1 minute, 56 seconds. He also took the top spot in the mile, outpacing his nearest competition by more than eight seconds. In the 3,200, he finally started to show his fatigue, but still placed a strong third.But it was in the 4x400 -- the last event of the day -- that Giswold really showed his strength. Freshman Brandon Bilyeu -- who also qualified for district in the 1,600 -- led off and wedged himself into fourth place. After the handoff, Andy Wills caught the leaders and took a 10-meter lead, a lead that senior Brett Perkins maintained in the third leg. The anchor leg was a showdown between Giswold and Blaine's 400-meter ace, Eythor Westman, who had run a 50.57 in the 400 earlier that evening. Westman passed Giswold early, opening a 10-meter lead. Unpracticed as an open quarter-miler, Giswold closed the gap, then passed Westman with 50 meters to go to secure the victory. He ran the fastest quarter mile of any Falcon this year, registering a 50.9-second split. Also having a great run was the 4x100 team of Matt Steiner, Chris Ford, Joe Candelario and Jessie Ellison. Even with Candelario -- a distance runner -- filling in for Wills, the team ran a season best 44.93 for the win. On the field, Brett Perkins earned big points for his fourth place in the long jump. Peter Moote was fourth in the triple jump with a career-best leap of 38 feet, 4.75 inches, while Matt Stiener was the team's premier thrower, tossing the discus 141-1 for third place.Girls win with varietyThe girls ended their 13-year championship quest in an unorthodox way, at least for a South Whidbey track team. Bereft of their usual depth in the distance events, the Falcons sent their sprinters and field event specialists out to get the job done. Junior Dail Bates led the speed crew, nearly setting a school record in the 100 dash on her way to third place. Clocked at 12.86 seconds, Bates fell just .02 short of the record. In the 200, Bates had another career race, racing to a 27.11 second-place finish. In the 4x100 and 4x200 relays, Bates got help from some friends. With regular team member Lindsay Binford out for the season with illness, veteran Kenady Reuland joined the 4x100 squad and worked with Bates, Andrea McGillen and Melissa Poolman to capture second place. In the 4x200, the Falcon coaching staff had to find replacements for both Binford and Reuland, who had already run the maximum number of events allowed. Caitlin Robinson and Sam Watson filled in nicely, helping propel the team to a bi-district qualifying fourth place.In the field, Andrea McGillen was the queen, winning the triple and long jumps and taking second place in the pole vault. Melissa Poolman spent her spare time away from the day's relay races throwing the shot put far enough to place third.Freshmen Kelly Horn and Caitlin Robinson also earned serious field points, as Horn placed first and Robinson third in the high jump. Robinson did her part on the track, racing to third place in the 100 and 300 hurdles. The team's distance runners did lend their points to the team effort. Senior Jessie Enell ran a 7-second season-best in the 800 to finish third. In the 3,200, Enell was the fastest Falcon, placing sixth in 12:25.77. Julie Gabelein was seventh, Sara DeGraaf was ninth, and Kirsten Smethurst was 10th. Falcon coach Doug Fulton said all his athletes competed as a team to win the dual NCC championships.We stretched our kids across many events to score as many points as possible, and we were rewarded with the championship, Fulton said.The Falcons run in the bi-district meet Friday at Lynden Christian High School. That meet starts at 5 p.m. "

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