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Wildcat track team sizzles in the sunshine at Mukilteo
"MUKILTEO - The sunshine was blinding Thursday and so were some of the Oak Harbor track times at Mukilteo's Goddard Stadium. One of the best performances of the day came from Wildcat Scott Sebens. Donning sunglasses because of brilliant sun, Sebens ran the fastest 800 meters of any 4-A Western Conference runner this spring. Sebens, the defending conference 800 champion, was clocked in 1:59.4 and became the first runner in the conference this spring to break the 2-minute mark.He ran an outstanding race, Oak Harbor coach Seth Hodges said. He did that despite probably having the flu.Sebens also anchored the Wildcats' winning 1,600-meter relay, which had a time of 3:27.4. Jeremy Morgan, Adam Shelly, and Brandon Hill joined Sebens on the relay, which came within 1/10th of a second of state-leading Shadle Park's time.Overall, the Oak Harbor boys' team had eight first places. However, it wasn't enough as the Wildcats finished second to host Kamiak. The latter had 86.5 points with Oak Harbor second with 74.5. Shorewood was a distance third with 20.We had some great efforts. We just lacked the depth in this meet, Hodges said. We had some solid performances from our freshmen and sophomores. What it shows is that we will do well in one of the big meets because we're so strong at the top.Jeremy Morgan had an impressive day as he won the 110 high hurdles in 16.2 and the 300 intermediate hurdles in 40.8.Shelly had a personal best, winning the 400 with a time of 51.6. Eric Rooney, taking the lead at the start, stayed in front for most of the 3,200. After giving up the lead, he pulled away down the stretch to win in 10:08.8.It was just like another day at the office for Eric, Hodges said. He was another guy that did real well despite having a cold.In the field events, sophomore Thomas McMickle won the javelin and Michael Brabner captured the high jump. McMickle tossed the spear 145 feet, 4 inches.That's probably the farthest throw by anyone at Oak Harbor in about four or five years, Hodges said.Brabner won the high jump at 5-11.In the girls' meet, Oak Harbor finished second to Shorewood. The Wildcats had 59 points while Shorewood accumulated 83 2/3 points. Kamiak was third at 45 1/3.We had no idea how good Shorewood was because they were in 3-A last year, Hodges said. They really had a lot of depth.The Wildcats had six first places. Molly Bull won the 400, long jump, and ran on the winning 1,600 relay. Bull took the 400 with a time of 61.5 and went 15-10 in the long jump.Nikki Gamble won the 3,200 with a time of 11:35, which ranks among the state leaders. Gamble also ran on the 1,600 relay with Sheena Darling, Bull, and Chauntelle Johnson. The 1,600 had a time of 4:12.4, which was just 1.4 seconds off Sehome's state-leading time.Other first places by the girls came from Darling in the triple jump (31-6 1/2), and the 400 relay. Darling, Kim Gabler, Felicia McClary, and Bethany Veach had a time of 52.7.Lesley TePaske came close to winning the pole vault. TePaske, competing in the event for the first time, equaled the winning vault of 7-6. However, she took second because of more misses. "