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Berger’s discus mark sends her to championship
Angelina Berger, South Whidbey’s girl with the golden arm, is returning to the state 2A track and field championship.
The junior thrower qualified for the discus at the District 1 championship meet. Berger finished in fourth place, the final state qualifying spot, with a throw of 108 feet. It was her second farthest toss of the season, behind her best mark of 114 feet, 4 inches. As of the first day of the district meet, Berger was the only member of the Falcon track and field team to qualify for the state meet.
Discus throws were held Wednesday at Cedarcrest High School in Duvall, and Berger’s other events — the javelin and shot put — were Friday after the Record went to press. Berger has the second-best shot put distance among 2A throwers in Washington, according to rankings on www.athletic.net.
Shot put was primed to be a must-see event Friday, as it pit the top two throwers in the state against each other. Berger’s competition was Gina Flint, a junior from Squalicum High School in Bellingham. Flint finished in first place in the discus with her best throw of the year at 141 feet.
South Whidbey’s girls team missed qualifying times in some of its sprints by a fraction of a second. In the 100-meter hurdles, junior Sylvie Kaul-Anderson was .4 seconds away from the fourth spot to the state meet, despite finishing with her best time of the season in 17.22 seconds. Junior sprinter Anna Hood ran her fastest time in the 200 meter in 28.5 seconds, but missed the cut in 11th place. Senior Sarah Cepowski finished in 14th place in both the 100- and 200-meter races.
Only two events were represented by South Whidbey boys the first day of the district championship, the 800-meter run and the 400-meter relay. Cole Zink finished last in the 800 and was the only freshman in the race. He ran his second-best time of the season in 2 minutes, 8.2 seconds. South Whidbey’s boys relay team finished eighth out of nine teams in 48.59 seconds.
South Whidbey was well represented in distance events, as three girls qualified for the 800-
and 1,600-meter runs. In the 800, sophomore Jaime Rodden finished 11th in 2 minutes, 32.2 seconds, and junior Nora Felt finished 13th in 2 minutes, 43.41 seconds. Both missed qualifying for the final heat of the 800. Lillianna Stelling, a junior, finished eighth in the 1,600 with a time of 5 minutes, 30 seconds.
In order to compete at the district meet, South Whidbey’s athletes had to qualify at the Cascade Conference championship last week, also at Cedarcrest High School.
At the Cascade Conference meet May 11, Falcon boys thrower Nick French finished second in the javelin with a mark of 162 feet, 6 inches. Fellow thrower Colton Justus, a senior, finished his career with his best javelin throw at 132 feet, 3 inches, an improvement of more than two feet.
Despite running a fifth-place time in the 800, sophomore Madi Boyd did not participate in the district meet. Boyd set her personal best time at 2 minutes, 36.48 seconds in the preliminary race. Rodden set her personal best a 2 minutes, 30.99 seconds for a second-place finish in the finals. Nora Felt, a junior, also set her personal best in the 800 at 2 minutes, 35.61 seconds.