Falcons off to solid start at district meet / Track

The South Whidbey High School track teams got off to a good start at the first day of the district meet Thursday, May 9, at Lynden Christian High School.

Callahan Yale won the 1,600 meters in a personal best 4:27.6 to lead the Falcons in the opening day of the meet, which featured finals in about half the events. The meet continues at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, May 11.

Yale also finished third in the 400 (52.06).

Other South Whidbey boys placing Thursday were Issiah Gonzales (second, high jump, 6; third, long jump, 20-05; eighth, 100, 11.69), Bodie Hezel (third, 110 hurdles, 15.57), Caden Spear (fourth, 100, 11.37), Billy Rankin (fourth, long jump, 19-11.5), Kole Nelson (fifth, 110 hurdles, 16.13; seventh, high jump, 5-04), Cody Eager (sixth, 110 hurdles, 16.59), Dylan Davis (sixth, shot put, 41-06), Carl Henri Chapman (sixth, long jump, 19-05), Casey Justus (seventh, javelin, 133-09), Max Dodd (eighth, 400, 54.8) and 4×100 (second, Dodd, Hezel, Chapman, Spear, 44.24).

Mattason Straub’s second-place finish in the 100 (12.71) paced the Falcon girls.

Others placing were Kaia Swegler Richmond (third, 1,600, 5:25.15), Grace Complita (fifth, 400, 1:05.44), Molly Cobbs (fifth, 100 hurdles, 17.65), Mya Pratt (sixth, discus, 86-01), Leanne Robbins (seventh, pole vault, 8-06), Karyna Hezel (eighth, 100, 13.77), Lexi Starets-Foote (eighth, discus, 84) and 4×100 (third, Straub, Alexandra Kurtz, Mallory Drye, Hezel, 52.87).

In the team standings, the boys are in second with 73 points, four behind Meridian. The girls are fifth with 35 points; King’s leads with 69.5.

The bi-district meet is Thursday, May 16, and Saturday, May 18, in Coupeville.