"Track girls win conference meet, boys second at home"
June 25, 2008 · Updated 1:21 PM
"Katy McGillen stretches out her long jump on her way to placing second in the event behind her sister, Andrea.Matt Johnson, staff photosFor the second meet in a row, the South Whidbey High School girls track team scored a blowout win Thursday, downing conference rivals Nooksack Valley, Blaine and Granite Falls while doubling up the team score on second-place Nooksack.The girls beat Nooksack 139-73, as well as the other teams by even larger margins, winning 13 of 18 events. The boys team, which was competing at home against the same schools, placed second, 3.5 points behind Blaine.High points at the meet included senior Andrea McGillen's school-record leap of 10 feet in the pole vault, and a 400-meter boys race in which Brett Perkins, Braden Giswold, Brandon Bilyeu, and Joe Candelario all ran under 53 seconds on their way to monopolizing the top four places. McGillen, and her freshman sister, Katy, provided much of the Falcon girls' punch in the meet by winning five events between them. Andrea won the pole vault, triple jump, and long jump, while Katy took wins in the high jump and 100 hurdles. Other winners on the girls side were Dail Bates in the 100, Karen Schwager in the 800, Julie Gabelein in the 3,200, Jordan Tobler in the shot put, and the 4x100, 4x200, and 4x400 relay teams. Boy victors were Bruce Hymas in the 1,600, Perkins in the 400, Bilyeu in the 800, Andy Wills in the 200, Giswold in the 3,200, and the 4x400 team of Giswold, Perkins, Candelario, and Bilyeu.Falcon coach Doug Fulton said the meet was a good opportunity to move athletes into events they don't normally do, and to prepare for Saturdays Holder Relays. The results were positive, especially in the boys 400.Having four guys run sub-53 is pretty special, he said.The Falcons compete next on Thursday at home against North Cascades Conference competition. The meet begins at 9 a.m. "