Falcons ranked among state leaders / Track

As the South Whidbey High School track team heads to the state meet in Cheney this weekend, it will enter the contest with some of Washington’s best marks.

A handful of Falcons are currently among the top 10 in the 1A rankings, led by Sophia Nielsen.

Nielsen is listed third in the 100 hurdles (15.26) and long jump (17-05.5) and eight in the triple jump (35-02.5).

She is also ranked 10th (51.41) with Karyna Hezel, Alexandra Kurtz and Mikayla Kurtz in the 4×100.

The Falcons are ranked in the other two girls relays as well: sixth, 4×400 (Kurtz, Lila McCleary, Grace Complita, Elizabeth Donnelly), 4:09.1; and seventh, 4×200 (Mattason Straub, McCleary, Karyna Hezel, Kurtz), 1:47.87.

Donnelly (third, 800, 2:18.78), McCleary (ninth, 300 hurdles, 47.63) and Emily Vanberg (10th, javelin, 114-06) are also among the state leaders.

Both boys relays are ranked: third, 4×400 (John Bartel, Callahan Yale, Kristopher Dixon, Matthew Simmons), 3:30.45; and fourth, 4×100 (Dixon, Simmons, Carl Henri Chapman, John Bartel), 44.17.

Simmons (10th, 100, 11.36; seventh, 200, 22.96), Dixon (third, 300 hurdles, 40.19; fifth, 110 hurdles, 15.54) and Issiah Gonzales (eighth, high jump, 6; ninth, triple jump, 41-04.5) are among the top 10 in two individual events.

Others ranked are Yale (fifth, 800, 1:59.97) and Romey Rohde (10th, pole vault, 12-06).

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