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South Whidbey's track runners torch non-conference meets
Maybe South Whidbey’s conference is the problem.
The Falcons went beyond their Cascade Conference affiliation for a non-league meet with 2A schools Lake Washington and Sammamish last week. Based on the nine first-places the Falcons claimed, South Whidbey was in its element on April 4.
Falcon girls won six events, led by state contender Angelina Berger. She won the shot put and discus, despite throwing well below her best marks. The senior beat her competition in the shot put with a mark of 36 feet, 6 inches and 93 feet, 11 inches in the discus.
Seniors Nora Felt and Lillianna Stelling, distance runners, won their events, too. Felt set her career time in the 1,600-meter run at 5:37. It was only her second 1,600 this season. Stelling won the 800 in 2:29.20. On Saturday at the Birger Invitational in Bellingham, Stelling placed third in the 1,600.
A couple of newcomers won their events for the Falcon girls. Maia Sparkman, a junior, won the long jump with her best distance of the season at 14 feet, 5 inches. Tera Applegate, a freshman, won the 100-meter hurdles in 17.54 seconds.
South Whidbey’s boys owned the throwing events. The Falcons placed first, second and third in the javelin with junior Nick French leading the way. French won with his lowest mark of the season at 151 feet, 1 inch. He was followed by Andy Madsen’s 114 feet, 8 inches, and Maverick Christensen’s 112 feet, 10 inches.
Angus Jones won the shot put with a toss of 39 feet, 5.5 inches. Christensen was second at 34 feet, 5 inches.
Cole Zink won the 1,600-meter run in 4:48. He also placed third in the 800.
Other top three places for the Falcon girls team were claimed. 100-meter dash: Madi Boyd, second place (13.75) and Sparkman, third (13.89). 400: Anna Hood, third place (1:07.6). 3,200-meter: Bonnie Klamm, second place (13:41.71). 300-meter hurdles: Applegate, third place (55.87). Triple jump: Mykayla Ferguson, second place (27 feet, 3.5 inches).
Top three places won for the Falcon boys team: 1,600 meter – Chris Anderson, third place (5:05.30); 300-meter hurdles – Jordan Parrick, third place (47.18); triple jump – Brandon Asay, second place (33 feet, 7.5 inches).