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Big track attack
A steady afternoon rain made for squishy running shoes and caused a few slippery discuses fly where they should not have Thursday at Waterman Field, but this did not dampen performances by South Whidbey High Schools track teams.
With North Cascades Conference teams from Nooksack Valley and Meridian visiting, the Falcon boys and girls nearly swept the meet, winning 25 of 34 individual events on their way to dominating team victories.
The meet was the first official rollout of two of the best-balanced South Whidbey teams in recent years, as the Falcons posted victories in jumps, throws, sprints, hurdles and distance events against two undermanned NCC teams.
On the girls side, senior Katy McGillen anchored a 103.5-point team performance with four individual victories, in the 100 hurdles, the high jump, the long jump and the javelin. Her 103-foot, 6-inch throw in the latter event was one of three top-flight throwing performances by the Falcons on the day. Traditionally at a disadvantage against bigger, stronger throwers from the north, the Falcons picked up a victory in the discus on Kimery Herns big, 113-foot discus toss, and a runner up placing on a 33-7 effort in the shot put by senior Jordan Tobler.
Also doing damage for the Falcon girls were the distance runners. Junior Nancy Godsey took both the 800- and 3,200-meter runs, and placed second to freshman Falcon Kelsey Kimmel in the 1,600.
Other winners for the team were Katherine East in the 400, Sarah Olson in the 100, and the team of East, Olson, Nicole Mock and Brittany Peterson in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
For the boys, senior Kyle McGillen was the big point getter, taking the 100, the high jump and long jump. He was also part of the winning 4x100 team with Nick Plastino, Nick Tenuta and Evan Johnson.
In the hurdles, freshman cross country runner Jason Fitz was the big surprise, winning both the 110 highs and the 300 intermediates. Meanwhile, his long-distance teammates swept the longer events, with senior James Sundquist taking the 1,600 and the 3,200 and sophomore JD Peters torching the 800 in 2 minutes, 7 seconds. Peters and Sundquist were also part of the winning 4x400.
In the field, senior Travis Tornga was the only other South Whidbey winner besides McGillen. The 2003 state javelin runner-up easily took his top event with a 157-2 throw, which was almost eight feet better than anyone else at the meet.