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Falcon track finishes five-peat
When South Whidbey High Schools boys and girls track teams depart the North Cascades League at the end of this season, none of their competitors will be unhappy to see them go.
On Friday, for the fifth time in the five years the teams have been competing in the NCC, the Falcons swept a conference championship meet. In doing so, they proved one last time that on the track and in the field, South Whidbey is the place where stars are made.
But for this leg of the five-peat, not all came with extreme ease, especially for the Teflon team of the NCC, the Falcon girls.
Having not lost to a single NCC team in five years, the girls entered last weeks two-day meet with targets on their backs. Missing several big point scorers, including injured distance runners Mary Bakeman and Callie Supsinskas, the girls were vulnerable to an upset by longtime rival Mount Baker. And, through 18 events, the Mountaineers were perfect competition, staying within 10 points at all times.
The turning point in the meet came in the 3,200-meter run when, at the halfway point, three Mount Baker girls were running in the places needed to take the lead from South Whidbey. Thats when Falcon runners Nancy Godsey, Kelsey Kimmel and Katy Gordon surged. Godsey, who would finish the race with a time 37 seconds faster than her previous best, passed two Mountaineers in the final 400 meters to take second and push the point balance in her teams favor. Gordon also ran a personal best to place fifth, while Kimmel was sixth.
Godseys move in particular, said team coach Doug Fulton, made for a six-point swing in favor of South Whidbey. The Falcons beat Mount Baker 140.5-133.
Beyond that, the Falcons made big points in almost every other event. Top-three placings by Katy McGillen, Kimery Hern and Jordan Tobler in field events went a long way toward toppling the Mountaineer, who scored just six points in non-running events.
The top scorer for South Whidbey was McGillen, who took runner-up placings in the 100 hurdles, the high jump, long jump and javelin to earn 32 points for her team.
Surprisingly, the Falcons took the team title even though they could only come up with victories in two events. Kimery Hern won the discus with a 125-foot, 5-inch throw, and Katherine East was a come-from-behind winner in the 400. East also nearly ran down Mount Bakers winning 4x200 team, making up 10 meters on her anchor leg.
You get off the corner and you kick it up, she said about her finishing speed.
Breathing room was in greater abundance for the Falcon boys, who nearly doubled up on the meets second-place team, also from Mount Baker. Senior Kyle McGillen led his teams 180-96 triumph over the Mountaineers by winning three individual events and helping pace the Falcons 4x100 team to victory.
McGillen, who is a favorite in the state long jump, triple jump and high jump after taking all three at last weeks meet, said the pressure to make the best marks was not yet on at the NCC championship.
Not for league and districts, he said, noting that he will have to give his all at the state meet on May 27.
Also taking event victories were senior James Sundquist in the 1,600 and Travis Tornga in the javelin. Senior Nick Plastino took second in both the 100 and 200 dashes, and was a member of the teams winning 4x100 and 4x200 squads. Also a runner-up was sophomore JD Peters, who uncorked a 2:03.41 800-meter run to finish a half step behind Mount Bakers Keith Williams.
Girls individual results: 100 1. Chelsey York (Sultan) 12.93, 3. Peterson (SW)13.3, 5. Olson (SW) 13.51, 6. Mock (SW) 13.53; 200 1. York (Sultan) 26.54, 7. Olson (SW) 28.24; 400 1. East (SW) 1:01.16 10; 800 1. Brown (MB) 2:22.85, 4. Godsey (SW) 2:29.93; 1,600 1. Brown (MB) 5:10.47, 3. Godsey (SW) 5:33.65, 4. Kimmel (SW) 5:38.82; 3,200 1. Rhode (MB) 11:37.16, 2. Godsey (SW) 12:03.46, 5. Gordon (SW) 12:19.57, 6. Kimmel (SW) 12:21.64; 100 hurdles 1. Amber Nash (LW) 15.10, 2. McGillen (SW) 16.20, 8. Cruchon (SW) 22.02; 300 hurdles 1. Amber Nash (LW) 45.38, 8. Cruchon (SW) 54.44; 4x100 1. Lakewood 51.77, 3. South Whidbey (Mock, Peterson, Olson, East) 52.24; 4x200 1. Mount Baker 1:49.63, 2. South Whidbey (Mock, Peterson, Olson, East) 1:49.66; 4x400 1. Mount Baker 4:12.41, 5. South Whidbey (Godsey, Kimmel, East, Madison) 4:32.43; High jump 1. Angie Alvord (Meridian) 5-5, 2. McGillen (SW) 5-4, 7. Hicks (SW) 4-4; Pole vault 1. Erin Lippie (Blaine) 10-7, 6. Stonebridge (SW) 7-6; Long jump 1. Julie Bratt (LC) 17-1.75, 10. Guidry (SW) 12-8; Triple jump 1. Julie Bratt (LC) 35-4.5, 2. McGillen (SW) 35-0.75, 5. Guidry (SW) 30-1; Shot put 1. Erica Enegren (Meridian) 36-9, 3. Tobler (SW) 34-4, 7. Hern (SW) 30-9; Discus 1. Kimery Hern (SW) 125-5, 13. Ruggiero (SW) 79-4, Javelin 1. Alyssa Bailey (LC) 112-10, 2. McGillen (SW) 110-0, 3. Tobler (SW) 104-3
Boys individual results: 100 1. Joey Greene (MB) 11.07, 2. Nick Plastino (SW) 11.21, 4. Evan (SW) 11.81, 6. Tenuta (SW) 11.87; 200 Greene (MB) 22.78, 2. Nick Plastino (SW) 23.04, 5. Marco Plastino (SW) 24.14, 8. Tenuta (SW) 24.71; 400 1. Rusty Kroon (LC) 51.71, 3. Johnson (SW) 53.05, 6. Marco Plastino (SW) 54.08; 800 1. Keith Williams (MB) 2:03.18, 2. Peters (SW) 2:03.41; 1,600 1. Sundquist (SW) 4:37.33, 2. Peters (SW) 4:37.82; 3,200 1. Neil Hollo (GF) 9:58.50, 2. Sundquist (SW) 9:58.9, 5. Peters (SW) 10:29.39; 110 hurdles 1. Randy Newton (Blaine) 16.05, 4. Fitz (SW) 17.18; 300 hurdles 1. Morgan Longwell, Morgan (MB) 41.73, 3. Fitz (SW) 43.90, 4. Nick (SW) 44.97; 4x100 1. South Whidbey (N. Plastino, McGillen, Johnson, Tenuta) 44.38; 4x400 1. South Whidbey (N. Plastino, Johnson, M. Plastino, Peters) 3:35.03; High jump 1. Kyle McGillen (SW) 6-4, 3. Streitler (SW) 5-10, 8. Tornga (SW) 5-6; Pole vault 1. Kit Schumann (Blaine) 14-3, 13. Dan Richards (SW) 8-6 ; Long jump 1. McGillen (SW) 21-7, 2. Tornga (SW) 19-5; Triple jump 1. McGillen (SW) 43-4; Shot put 1. Dustin Knight (Meridian) 52-1.5, 5. Berry (SW) 44-7.5, 11. McInerney (SW) 39-4; Discus 1. Mike Torie (LW) 155-5, 18. Hicks (SW) 99-6, 19. Montross (SW) 91-6; Javelin 1. Travis Tornga (SW) 176-5, 4. Gilberts (SW) 161-4, 5. Eining (SW) 160-9
Girls team score: South Whidbey 140.5, Mount Baker 133, Lynden Christian 106, Sultan 83.5, Meridian 74.5, Lakewood 64.5, Blaine 62, Nooksack Valley 38
Boys team scores: South Whidbey 180, Mount Baker 96, Meridian 85, Sultan 82, Lakewood 72, Lynden Christian 53, Blaine 32.5, Granite Falls 31, Nooksack Valley 30.5