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Girls send Falcons to state track meet
South Whidbey High School senior Kimery Hern continued to rewrite the post season track and field record books last week when she broke a discus record nearly 30 years old.
Herns toss of 145 feet on May 25 shattered the District 1 AAA meet record of 140-feet and seven inches set 29 years ago. Her solid performance in field events continued last Friday when she hurled the shot put 35-feet and 11 inches to place second and qualify for state. The toss broke Bree Kramers South Whidbey High School record of 35-5 as well.
Shes now ranked No. 3 across the state in AAA play.
Joining Hern on the trip the state meet in Pasco will be the 4-by-200 meter relay team of Katherine East, Sarah Olson, Hope Richards and Lauren Sandri. The four girls time of 1:46 not only placed them first but broke the Falcons record in the process. The girls 4-by-100 will also travel to the state meet because of their .03-second win over second-place Burlington-Edison Friday evening.
No other athletes qualified for the state meet, although several did came close.
Only the top two in each event qualified for state, said Doug Fulton, Falcons head track coach. This coupled with the fact that District 1 is a very competitive district made state berths hard to come by.
One of those who narrowly missed qualification was Nancy Godsey, a Falcon senior. She placed third in the 800 meter dash with a time of 2:23.28. Fulton said Godsey lost some valuable time when another runner cut her off in the last 30 meters of the race. She could not recover.
On the boys team, junior JD Peters finished in a season best time of 2:01. Although it was his best, he still finished third. Fulton also noted the performance of senior Max Montross, who came within five feet of qualifying for state when he threw 15 feet farther than his prior the discus PR with a throw of 140-08. The boys finished eighth out of 12 teams with a score of 31. The Falcon girls score of 66 tied them for fifth with Squalicum High School out of 12 competing teams.
The state 3A and 4A track and field championship runs Friday and Saturday at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco.