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Records fall at track conference championship

South Whidbey High School senior Kimery Hearn continued her dominance of the discus event by hurling the disc 134-feet and three inches Friday to set a new Cascade Conference championship meet record.

The defending 2A state discus champ’s toss outdistanced her next closest competitor, Krystal Paszkeicz of Sultan, by almost 24 feet. Paszkeicz threw the discus 110-4.

Hearn’s winning toss, however, only marked one of several milestones of individual performances by the South Whidbey girls at the Cascade Conference Championship last Wednesday and Friday at King’s High School. The Falcons girls finished second and the boys placed fifth. King’s won both the boys and girls championship.

The 4-by-200 relay team of Lauren Sandri, Katherine East, Erica Johnson and Hope Richards broke the conference meet record of 1 minute and 47.94 seconds when they finished second in a time of 1:47.85 seconds. King’s set the new meet standard with a time of 1:46.12.

Senior Nancy Godsey, who coach Doug Felton deemed a workhorse on the team, set personal records in the 800 meters, 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters. In the half mile she placed second with a time of 2 minutes and 29 seconds. She ran the mile in 5:22 to finish third and the two mile in 11:52 to also place third.

Junior Mary Bakeman set her own personal records in the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters. In the mile race, she ran four laps in 5:30 and for the two mile run, she circled eight laps in 11:50.

The Falcons final score equaled 108 points, enough to narrowly defeat 3A conference rival Cedarcrest. Cedarcrest finished third with a score of 104 and Sultan’s came in fourth by scoring 101.5.

“Every point counts,” said Doug Felton, South Whidbey’s head track coach. “We try to impress that with the team.”

In boys competition, Jason Fitz set personal records in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles. He sprinted the 110 meter hurdles in 15.99 to place third and ran the 300 meter hurdles in 41.14 to cross the finish line in second place.

Felton said Fitz’s 300 hurdles time of 41.14 puts him seconds away from a Falcon school record in the event. The present hand timed record stands at approximately 41 seconds when adjusted to account for the short delay by the timer.

Junior JD Peters’ mile time of 4:28 set a new personal record in the 1600 meters.

Just a year removed from winning the state 2A championship, coach Felton said the boys were a bit depleted numbers wise this year, especially in the short races.

“Sprinters, that was our achilles heal this year,” he said. But he said the falcons track program now has a good nucleus in place for next year.

King’s won among the boys teams with a score of 204 1/2.

The track season continues this week for all of Falcons who qualified by placing first or second in direct competition against Cedarcrest High School at the conference meet. The Northwest District 3A championship runs today and Friday at Civic Stadium in Bellingham.

Girls

Teams King’s 251 1/2, South Whidbey 108, Cedarcrest 104,

Sultan 101 1/2, Archbishop Murphy 77, Lakewood 60, Granite Falls 6

Individuals: 100 — 4. Hope Richards (13.23), 5. Lauren Sandri (13.29); 200 — 8. Sarah Olson (27.99); 400 — 2. Katherine East (1:00); 800 meters — 2. Nancy Godsey (2:22); 1600 — 3. Godsey (5:22), 4. Mary Bakeman (5:30), 6. Katy Gordon (5:35); 3200 — 2. Bakeman (11:50), 3. Godsey (11:52); 300 hurdles — 3. Erica Johnson (49.29); 4x100 — 3. SWHS (50.87); 4x200 — 2. SWHS (1:47); 4x400 — 3. SWHS 4:14; High jump — T-9. Annie Doran (4-4); Pole vault — 4. Ashley Stonebridge (8-03), Long jump — 10. Lauren Sandri (14-02), 14. Doran (13-09), 17. Jessica Burgess (12-10), Triple jump — 12. Burgess (28-09), 13. Doran (28-08); Shot put — 4. Kimery Hearn (32-02), 17. Jessica Scales (18-01); Discus— 1. Hearn (134-03), 7. Emma Ruggiero — (93-05), 16. Autumn Walker (47-09), Javelin — 5. Caitilyn Larmore (90-02), 12. Ruggiero (70-09), 14. Rhonda Johnson (64-05).

Boys

Teams: King’s, 204 1/2, Lakewood 161 1/2 Archbishop Murphy 87,

Sultan 83, South Whidbey 71, Cedarcrest 38, Granite Falls 5.

Individuals: 100 — 7. Nick Plastino (12.04), 8. Alex Helpenstell (12.15); 200 — 4. Plastino (24.20); 800 meters — 4. JD Peters (2:03); 1600 — 2. Peters (4:28), 18. Nick Rovang (5:12), 19. Gareth Snow (5:32); 3200 — 5. Peters (10:09); 110 hurdles — 3. Jason Fitz (15.99); 300 hurdles — 2. Fitz (41.14); 4x400 relay — 2. SWHS (3:35); High jump — 3. Helpenstell (5:08); Pole vault — 9. Matt Long (10); Long jump — 5. Helpenstel (19-01); Shot put — 8. Max Montross (39-07), 9. Todd Berry (39), 17. Jacob Greene (30-4); Discus — 5. Montross (125-05), 12. Jacob Greene (96-11); Javelin — 3. Jason Gilberts (158-10), 6. Sheridan Catlin (134-10), 11. Montross (107).ß

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