Leaning on its depth, the South Whidbey High School boys track team took second at the 1A District 1 track meet Thursday and Saturday, May 9 and 11, at Lynden Christian High School.
The Falcon girls were fifth in the 10-team field.
The top four finishers in each event automatically qualified for the bi-district meet. The first three finishers in the District 2 meet also automatically qualified. The next best nine marks from the District 1 and 2 meets will fill out the field of 16 in each event.
The bi-district meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, in Coupeville.
Meridian nipped the South Whidbey boys 133-126.5 for the title, although the Falcons nearly captured the crown despite winning only two events.
Callahan Yale claimed the two Falcons firsts, winning the 800 (1:58.91) and 1,600 (4:27.6). He also finished third in the 400 (52.06).
Issiah Gonzales was second in the high jump (6), third in both the long jump (20-05) and triple jump (40-07.25) and eighth in the 100 (11.69).
Bodie Hezel added a second in the 300 hurdles (42.52); a third in the 110 hurdles (15.57); a second in the 4×100 (44.24) with Max Dodd, Carl Henrui Chapman and Caden Spear; and a fifth in the 4×400 (3:36.61) with Chapman, Cody Eager and Dodd.
Spear was also third in the 200 (23.31) and fourth in the 100 (11.37).
Chapman tacked on sixths in the 200 (23.69) and long jump (19-05). Dodd was eighth in the 400 (54.8).
Kole Nelson placed in three events: fourth in the 300 hurdles (43.25), fifth in the 110 hurdles (16.13) and seventh in the high jump (5-04).
Cody Eager completed a strong South Whidbey showing in the hurdles by nabbing fifth in the 300 (43.91) and sixth in the 110 (16.59).
Others placing for the Falcons were Sam Martin (fourth, pole vault, 11-06), Billy Rankin (fourth, long jump, 19-11.5), Michael Cepowski (sixth, 3,200, 10:21.49), Dylan Davis (sixth, shot put, 41-06) and Casey Justus (seventh, javelin, 133-09).
King’s was the girls champion with 154.5 points; South Whidbey tallied 75.
Kaia Swegler Richmond earned the only South Whidbey first, taking the 800 in 2:20.47.
The sophomore also was third in the 1,600 (5:25.15), fifth in the 3,200 (12:20.49) and fourth in the 4×400 (4:28.54) with Grace Complita, Alexandra Kurtz and Mallory Drye.
Mattason Straub finished second in the 100 (12.71), fourth in the long jump (16-00.5) and third in a pair of relays. She joined Kurtz, Drye and Karyna Hezel in the 4×100 (52.87) and Kurtz, Hezel and Complita in the 4×200 (1:49.96).
Complita was also fifth in the 400 (1:05.44), and Hezel was eighth in the 100 (13.77).
Molly Cobbs placed in both hurdles events, taking fourth in the 300 (51.47) and fifth in the 100 (17.65).
Others earning points for the Falcons were Maddy Drye (fifth, javelin, 94-04), Mya Pratt (sixth, discus, 86-01), Leanne Robbins (seventh, pole vault, 8-06), Grace Huffman (eighth, 800, 3:38.02) and Lexi Starets-Foote (eighth, discus, 84).