Nielsen paces SW at state with 4 medals / Track

South Whidbey’s Sophia Nielsen led the Falcons at the state 1A track meet at Eastern Washington University in Cheney May 24-26 by earning four medals, one gold.

The Falcon girls took 10th and the boys 12th in the team standings,

Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) was the girls champion with 68 points; South Whidbey, coached by Mark Eager, scored 23,

Cascade Conference champ King’s was the winner on the boys side with 58 points; the Falcons tallied 17.

Nielsen improved upon the school record she set a week earlier to claim first place in the long jump in 18-01. She was also fifth in the triple jump (34-03.25), eighth in the 100 hurdles (16.76) and eighth in the 4×100 relay with Karyna Hezel, Alexandra Kurtz and Mikayla Hezel (52.19).

The 4×200 team of Mattason Straub, Kurtz, Lila McCleary and Karyna Hezel finished fifth (1:48.17).

Elizabeth Donnelly took seventh in the 800 (2:28.64), and Straub was eight in the 100 (13.38).

McCleary was 10th in the 300 hurdles (48.61), Emily Vanberg took 16th in the javelin (89-09) and Kurtz, McCleary, Donnelly and Grace Complita were 12th in the 4×400 (4:15.71).

Kris Dixon led the Falcon boys by placing fourth in the 300 hurdles (40.98), seventh in the 110 hurdles (16.71) and sixth on the 4×100 team with Matthew Simmons, Carl Henri Chapman and John Bartel (44.79).

Simmons also won three medals, taking sixth in the 100 (11.95) and eighth in the 200 (23.74).

Romey Rodhe took seventh in the pole vault (12-06), and Isaiah Gonzales was eighth in the triple jump (42-07.5).

Bartel, Chapman, Dixon and Max Dodd finished 13th in the 4×400 (3:37.54), Dodd was 17th in the 400 (54.68) and Callahan Yale was 13th in the 800 (2:06.76).

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