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Handful of Falcons make state 1A track and field list
Cole Zink set his career-best time in the 800-meter race on March 28 at Granite Falls High School.
Beyond taking second place in the Cascade Conference race, his time put him as the 16th-fastest 1A 800-meter runner in Washington.
Both the boys and girls teams finished in third place against Granite Falls, Archbishop Murphy and Coupeville.
It was the Falcons’ individual performances that stood out last week ahead of the Viking Invite in Lake Stevens.
Zink, a sophomore, finished first in the 3,200-meter run and at 10:55.32 was less than one second slower than his career-best time. He was also on the first-place 1,600-meter relay team along with Brandon Chapman, Chris Anderson and Hunter Parrick, who finished in 3:53.56.
South Whidbey’s girls team was led by distance runner Lillianna Stelling and throwers Kristen Schuster and Angelina Berger. Stelling won the 3,200 meter in 13:02.80, almost 90 seconds slow of her career record which stands as the third-best time in 1A. She was also on the first-place 1,600-meter relay team with Nora Felt, Madi Boyd and Maia Sparkman, who finished in 4:26.96.
Schuster won the discus with a toss of 99 feet, 10 inches, smashing her previous best distance by almost 16 feet. She bested her teammate Berger by four inches.
Berger placed second in the discus and won the shot put. Her throw of 38 feet, 3 inches was far enough to win the conference meet, but was short of her personal and school record.
Other overall top three Falcon boys finishers were: Steven Casey in the 200-24.95 seconds; Chris Anderson in the 3,200 at 11:01.57; Caleb Hellinger in the 110-meter hurdles,19.49 seconds; Nick French in the javelin,161 feet, 8 inches; Andy Madsen in the pole vault, 11 feet; and Brandon Asay in the triple jump, 35 feet, 9 inches.
For the girls: Felt in the 400-1:04.90, 800-2:35.93; Bonnie Klamm in the 3,200-13:04.42; Emma Lungren in the 3,200-13:36.42; Allie Vanbenschoten in the 100-meter hurdles, 22 seconds.