Falcon girls on track

With wins over three North Cascades schools Thursday, the Falcon girls track team made it 18 straight this week at Sultan.

Both the South Whidbey girls and boys posted solid early-season results and event wins at the meet as they took on teams from Lakewood, Sultan and Granite Falls. But it was the girls who did the most damage, winning nine of 16 track and field events on their way to a runaway team victory.

Falcon Coach Doug Fulton said the depth of the girls team was the secret to preserving the winning streak. Led by Katy McGillen, who won the 100 hurdles, the high jump and the long jump, and senior Karen Schwager, who posted wins in the 1,600 and 800 meter runs, the Falcons had hardly a worry about the other teams on the track.

In the 100, sophomore Claudia Gil-Osorio ran and won, in spite of the fact that she is nursing a hip injury. Another Falcon winner in the short-distance races was senior Lindsay Binford, who outsprinted the field in the 200. Giving the team some heft in the field, Kellie Horn and Kimery Hern threw for second and third in the discus, an event in which the Falcons have had little luck over the past few years.

Also winning an event for the girls was Nancy Godsy, who placed first in the 3,200 meters in 13:55.27. She was closely followed by Emily Felt, who was second in a time of 13:59.08.

In the boys meet, senior Joe Candelario opened his quarter-mile season with a an impressive 51.11 in the 400. Also running will in the short races was junior Andy Wills, whose decision to run through a slight hamstring pull got him second place in the 100-meter dash, but forced him to sit out one of the day’s relays.

Even without him, the 4x400 team of Brandon Bilyeu, Candelario, Tim Gathings and Nick Plastino put 300 yards between themselves and the next closest team by the end of the race. In the 4x100 Candelario, Gathings, Wills, and Plastino seemed to have their form back from last year as they clocked a winning time of 44.26.

Also posting wins were Bilyeu in the 800 and 1,600 and Plastino in the high jump. Jumpers Kyle McGillen and Travis Tornga locked up the 1-2-3 finish in that event with 5-6 jumps.

Some early-season injuries prevented the Falcon boys from starting a winning streak of their own. Lakewood won the meet.

The Falcons compete next on Thursday in a home meet against Blaine, Nooksack and Mount Baker. Competition starts at 4 p.m.

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