Sunset wins eight of 10 running races to win Metro opener

by: MILES VANCE - FOR THE WIN - Sunset's Kendall Butz races to victory in the 400 meters during her team's win over Westview at Westview High School on March 20.

ROCK CREEK — Off and running.

The Sunset girls track team did just that — as well as a fair bit of throwing — in its 2013 Metro League opener and powered past Westview 97-48 at Westview High School on March 20. The win lifted the Apollos into a first-place tie with Lincoln at 1-0 while the Wildcats fell to 0-1.

“I think the track team is really strong as a whole,” said Sunset senior Sarah Fahmy, winner of the 800 meters and runner-up in the 1500. “We have a lot of girls with a lot of experience so hopefully we can do really well in the Metro.”

“I think we have a good chance,” agreed Sunset junior Charlotte Corless, winner of both the 1500 and 3000. “Everyone has been working really hard.”

The Apollos won eight of the day's 10 running events, with Corless and Taylor Coon winning twice each, Kendall Butz and Fahmy winning once apiece and Sunset sweeping the day's two relays.

Corless took top honors in the 1500 with a time of 4:52.26 (with Fahmy second at 4:54.08), then came back later to win the 3000 at 10:21.04 (this time with teammate Karen Qu second at 11:26.67).

“Our coach gave us a plan and we followed it so it went really well,” Corless said after the 1500, crediting Fahmy with helping her win. “We help each other know when to go and how fast so it's really helpful to have someone to work with.”

“I was just hoping to have a good race and be competitive and confident when we opened up our stride a little bit,” Fahmy added.

Coon did her part in the 100 and 200, winning the 100 at 12.85 (with teammate Maddie Thom second at 13:34) and the 200 at 27.19 (with Thom second again there at 27.79). Butz took top honors in the 400 with a mark of 1:02.74 (teammate Marlee Leonard grabbed second at 1:03.12), and Fahmy running away in the 800 at 2:25.51 (with Westview's Sarah Medved second at 2:31.45).

In the relays, Sunset called on Mary Grace Roselli, Megan Armatage, Thom and Coon to win the 4×100 at 50.85, while in the 4×400, it was Leonard, Fahmy, Maddie McGarry and Thom who took first at 4:16.39.

Sunset's also swept all three throws, with Savannah Sharp a two-time winner, throwing 30 feet, 7.25 inches to win the shot put (teammate Madeline O'Leary was second at 29-7.5), then launching the discus 102-8 to take first there (with O'Leary second again at 101-3).

Alex Banducci won the javelin for Sunset with a winning throw of 77-5 and teammate Joely Yaptangco second at 76-2. Sunset's other win came from Hayley Gooding in the pole vault with a winning vault of 8-6 (teammate Grace Prince placed second at 7-6).

Despite all that, Westview's girls did have their moments, going 1-2 in both hurdles races and sweeping all three jumps. Hannah Lautenbach was a two-time winner for the Wildcats, winning the 100 high hurdles at 17.88 (with teammate Sarah Curl second at 17.92), and also taking the high jump with a leap of 4-6 (with Curl second again, also at 4-6).

Curl stepped up to win the 300 intermediate hurdles at 50.72 (this time with Lautenbach second at 51.32). Westview also got wins from Reed Richardson and Madeline Leavitt, Richardson taking the long jump at 15-6 (with Sunset's Hannah Dodge second at 14-8), and Leavitt the triple jump at 32-11.75 (with teammate Delanie Parry the runner-up at 32-4.75.

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