More school records fall on the state track

The 2005 South Whidbey High School girl’s track team completed their rewriting of the school record books at the state track meet in Pasco last week.

A week after Kimery Hern, a SWHS senior, broke the District 1 AAA discus record, sophomore Hope Richards, freshman Lauren Sandri, junior Sarah Olson and junior Katherine East set a new Falcon record in the 4-by-200 meter relay.

The four girls initially broke the record with a two lap time of 1 minute and 46.1 seconds. The old school record, set by Richards, Olson, East and Nicole Mock last year, was 1:46.84. Not content with their preliminary time, the Falcon 4-by-200 team crossed the finish line in 1:45.68 to place fourth in the meter finals and set another record.

The same team also competed in the 4-by-100 meter relay competition. Although no school record fell, the relay team did run the 400 meters in 50.39 seconds to place third in the preliminaries and qualify for the finals. They ran the final race in 50.37 seconds to place fifth. The school record stands at 50.30.

In other Falcon action, defending state 2A Discus champ Hern fouled in her first two throws in preliminaries, but made the finals on her last throw. She placed third in the finals with a toss of 123 feet.

Hern also tossed the shotput 30-11 to finish 20th among state shotput competitors.

The South Whidbey High School team score of 15 points tied them with Sehome High School. A total of 52 3A schools competed. The state track meet was held Friday and Saturday at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco.

When asked to summarize the success the girls 800 meter relay team relay team, Dean Hatt, the relays coach said the 4-by-200 meter relay team improved every week.

He said their declining times reflected his strategy for the season. The relay team members were given hard practices during the first weeks of the season and then Hatt said he eased off on practices the end. The technique ensured that the relay team would peak at the end of the season, he said.

He said Erica Johnson, a SWHS freshman, deserved some credit for the team’s success as well. She stepped in throughout the season when runners were unable to run, Hatt said.

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