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Almost best in the Westling
The past week produced a lot of great moments for the track and field athletes at South Whidbey High School
Actually, it would be more accurate to say the athletes produced their own moments.
Placed into a top 10 list, the successes the Falcon boys and girls had between Saturdays top-three eam placings at the home Westling Invitational, a North Cascades Conference meet Thursday and a road trip to the Pasco Invitational on April 21 would exceed the available numbers. But, just to get a sense of it all, heres the list anyway:
1. On Thursday, the Falcon girls defeated teams from Mount Baker and Granite Falls to extend a conference unbeaten streak that started in 1999. In that time, the Falcons have not only gone unbeaten during the season, but have not lost to an NCC team in a conference championship meet.
2. Junior Falcon Kimery Hern crushed the old Westling Invitational record in the discus by 14 feet, throwing 126 feet, 2.5 inches.
3. Also on Thursday, senior Katy McGillen broke her own school record in the javelin three times, finishing with a 133-9, one of the top marks in the state this season.
4. Junior Kyle McGillen broke his own long jump record with a 22-foot, 2.75-inch leap at the Pasco Invitational.
5. On his way to a runner-up finish in the 3,200 at Pasco, senior James Sundquist closed to within six seconds of Ryan Reeds 1997 record by clocking a 9:36.54.
6. Two Falcon field athletes Kimery Hern in the hammer throw and Katy McGillen in the javelin made it into the national high school top 10 rankings in their events, as compiled by Track and Field News. Hern is ranked seventh in the hammer, while McGillen is ranked 10th in the javelin.
7. Travis Tornga continued his domination in the javelin by walking away from the 120-team Pasco Invitational as the javelin champion on a throw of 168-3, his second best effort of the season.
8. The Falcon boys 4x100 team of Evan Johnson, Nick Plastino, Kyle McGillen and Adam Tenuta beat a field of 15 teams to win their event at the Westling Invitational.
9. Junior Nancy Godsey and freshman Kelsey Kimmel both ran sub-5:30 miles at the Westling Invitational to place fourth and fifth in the event. Their performances come as the teams top two milers Mary Bakeman and Callie Supsinskas sit out the season with persistent injuries.
10. Though they lost to Mount Baker in Thursdays meet, the Falcon boys can count the defeat as only the second at the hands of an NCC team during the past three years.
Add to this the fact that both the boys and girls came within a hairs breadth of winning the Westling Invitational, with the girls taking third and the boys second, and the week can only be a good one, especially considering the teams are just two weeks away from starting the post season.
Falcon head coach Doug Fulton said last Thursdays meet was especially important to his girls team. Remaining undefeated for nearly five years is a needed confidence booster as the team shorthanded by injuries and the loss of some athletes who did not turn out this season sets its sights on a top state placing.
At the Westling, the boys team improved its fortunes over 2003, when the Falcons were third behind Maryville- Pilchuck and Bainbridge Island. The boys lost to the team from Marysville by just five points Saturday.
The Falcons will finish their regular season next Thursday in a three-way NCC meet against Lynden Christian and Blaine at Lynden Christian.