French shatters personal record in javelin by eight feet

The South Whidbey track and field team had its only tuneup Thursday at the Island Jamboree.

Oak Harbor hosted the preseason meet. Stanwood and Coupeville also competed. No team scores were kept. South Whidbey competed without one of its best athletes, state shot put thrower Angelina Berger.

The Falcons may not have the best team on Whidbey Island, but they had the best javelin thrower. Sophomore Nick French shattered his previous best javelin throw by almost 8 feet with a mark of 169 feet. Here’s the progression in just one year: at the Whidbey Jamboree in 2011, French’s first toss landed at 117 feet, 9 inches. His best throw at the end of the 2011 season was 161 feet, 5 inches.

As early as this season is, French’s throw is the second-best in Washington among all classifications. The best mark was 195 feet, 2 inches by Matt Hadley from Connell. The early mark led the next closest 2A competitor by 19 feet.

Two other Falcon javelin throwers finished in the top 10. Sophomore Andy Madsen set his new personal best mark at 134 feet, 1 inch, good for fifth place. Senior Colton Justus had his career best start to a season, but was a foot short of his personal best. His throw of 120 feet, 11 inches put him in eighth place.

South Whidbey also had a handful of top-10 sprinters. Sylvie Kaul-Anderson, a junior, finished third in the girls 400-meter in 1 minute, 9.04 seconds. Rarely does she run the 400, instead participating in the 1,600-meter relay. Senior Sarah Cepowski finished in eighth place and just shy of her personal best in the 200-meter race at 29.84 seconds. Cepowski, a four-year track and field athlete, finished under 14 seconds for the first time in her career in the 100-meter event. Freshman hurdler Camlin Geo-Northup set her best 100-meter hurdle time at 20.40 seconds — a ninth-place finish.

In the boys sprints, freshman Hunter Parrick took ninth place in the 200 meters in 25.10 seconds.

Falcon distance runners placed well in the boys and the girls races. Senior Will Zink had his best mile time at 5 minutes, 5.70 seconds for fifth place. He bested his brother, freshman Cole Zink, by two spots and about 3 seconds. The Falcon girls distance squad had a third- and ninth-place finisher in the 1,600 meter. Juniors Lillianna Stelling and Bonnie Klamm led the way in 5 minutes, 39.2 seconds and 5 minutes, 58.8 seconds, respectively.

Falcon senior Bailey Auburn was the team’s best jumper. She finished in second place in the long jump with a mark of 13 feet, 11.5 inches.

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