Falcon track team impresses in opener

  • Written by Don Mann
Chrissy Gonzalez clears the final hurdle in her big win on opening day. Staff photo/Don Mann.
The weather gods were good to the Woodinville track and field team for its season-opening meet with Ballard at Inglemoor High School on Thursday.

(FYI: Woodinville track will hold no home meets this year because school construction has eliminated its “throwing” field.)

Nonetheless, it was sunny and warm but more importantly it was dry, and it led to some personal bests by the young Falcon squad.

“It doesn’t get much better than this in March,” said head coach Jed Sires with a broad smile.

Perhaps most impressive on the first meet day was the pole vault effort turned in by defending Class 4A state champion Austin Sodorff, who cleared the bar at 15 feet-even to tie his personal best — three inches shy of the school record set by previous Falcon state champ Curtis Flolid in 2010.Stay tuned for that change, which is bound to come.

Could be a big-big change, according to coaches.

Meanwhile, on the boys’ side, sophomore Alec Kacmarcik edged junior Brent Constantine in the 100 meters by an eyelash as both sprinters posted an 11.7 — not a bad number in March.

Senior Michael Goodsell doubled in the 200 meters and high jump and sophomore Wesley Love won the 400.

“He’s new to our program and has a chance to be really good,” Sires said of Love.

Yet the male “Falcon of the Meet” was awarded on the boys’ side to junior Nick Luitgaarden, who won the long jump and triple jump and finished second in the 200.

“Another young guy figuring it out, who has a chance to be good,”  Sires said.

Over on the field side Jake Hollister placed first in the shot put and discus, but also ran the 100 meters — looking like a 20-pound bowling ball rolling down the lane with a major head of steam. He ran a decent time and inspired the competitors.

“That was just for fun,” the senior captain said with a wink, before making the long walk at Valhalla to throw big weights around.

On the girls’ side Chrissy Gonzalez dominated the 100 meter hurdles.

Chandler Olson — the truest talent at the meet besides Sodorff — won the 3200 (approx. two miles) dusted the competition, like she does.

Olson, still just a junior, is a finished product who has been state-tested and may become a state champion. In fact, she may double at state with the 1600, provided she stays healthy.

But the female “Falcon of the Week” went to sophomore Emmy Billmaier, who won the 100 and 200 meter dashes.

“She’s a young girl, new to the program, who works hard with our coaches and also has a chance to be pretty good,” Sires said. “That was good to see. It was a great day.”

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