South Whidbey cross country sent 27 runners to Yakima for the Sunfair Invitational race, a massive gathering of racers from middle school to high school on Oct. 5.
The Falcons fared well in the races, which ranged from 2-mile to 3-mile heats and were divided by grade or varsity/junior varsity. The race marked the return of its top boy, junior Cole Zink, who had not raced since Sept. 18. Though not normally timed at events for 3-mile courses, Zink smashed his previous best time in 2011, finishing in 17:10.95, good for 24th place in the boys varsity race.
Anna Leski, a Falcon freshman, torched the course to lead the South Whidbey girls. She finished the 3-mile course in 20:10.76.
3-mile race: Gavin Imes, senior, 17:36.72; Will Simms, freshman, 18:08.18; Chris Anderson, sophomore, 18:51.41; Anders Bergquist, junior, 18:55.15; Truman Hood, junior, 18:57.20; Evan Mellish, sophomore, 19:10.98; Anthony Kovic, junior, 19:34.67; Kyrell Broyles, senior, 19:58.76; Zach Ramsey, junior, 21:00.67; Garrett Poteat, junior, 21:04.84; Isaac Greene, sophomore, 32:10.46.
2-mile race: Justin Gonzales, freshman, 11:53.10; Cory Ackerman, freshman, 12:16.69; Caleb Bartel, freshman, 14:01.83.
3-mile race: Mallorie Mitchem, sophomore, 20:35.80; Jaime Rodden, senior, 21:03.59; Bethany Justus, freshman, 22:16.45; Emma Lungren, junior, 22:23.80; Kinsey Eager, freshman, 22:59.62; Anna Justus, sophomore, 24:31.12; Clara Martin, sophomore, 27:34.41; Caitlyn Workman, senior, 31:07.35.
2-mile race: Riley Yale, freshman, 14:34.76; Bailey Forsyth, freshman, 15:47.76; Chloe Stringer, freshman, 16:50.86.