A bone-chilling breeze took a bite out of finishing times of even the best, but the Friday Harbor girls and boys track and field teams bested the elements to take first and second place, respectively, Thursday, April 3, in their only home meet of the year, a five-team face off against four Northwest 1A/2B League rivals.
With a flurry of first-place finishes, the girls outpaced Mount Vernon Christian, 120-103, to win their side of the meet. Alaina Scheffer took first in the shot putt and Lenore Johnson finished second. Sophomore Meagan Wilson took first in the long jump, 13-feet 8-inches, and the girls 4x100 relay team, with Scheffer in the lead, also finished first.
"I had to coax them into it," Coach Darrin Scheffer said of the relay team. "They’re mostly throwers. Now they want to run it every meet. I’m really proud of our shot putters."
Genevieve Gislason trailed the Crusaders swiftest by a nose, finishing second in the 100-meter dash and in the 200-meter dash as well.
League powerhouse La Conner won the boys side handily, amassing 164 points to Friday Harbor's 64, but the Wolverines turned in top-notch performances to finish well ahead of Cedar Park Christian, Grace Academy and the Crusaders squad.
Senior Nelson Wynn won the discus with a 115-feet 5-inch heave, breaching the magic 100-foot mark for the first time. He also took first place in the shot putt.
Though hampered by a steady headwind, Fleet-footed Willie Blackmon won the 100-meter dash (11.76 secs) and 300-meter hurdles (41.48), and finished second in the 200-meter dash and in the triple jump. Tony Hao and Kyle Jangard cleared 5-feet 4-inches to finish second and third, respectively, in the high jump.
The Wolverines will be on the road for the rest of the season; post-season competition begins May 6 with the league championships, hosted by Mount Veron Christian.