Coach: Justin Bronn
Last year: Finished 13th at the NWC Championships. Finished 12th at 1A tri-district meet. Finished eighth at 1A tri-district meet. Did not have any placers at the 1A State Championships.
Returning state participants: Ashley Loreen (jr. shot put, discus), Alex Parson (jr. long jump)
Others to watch: Megan Perry (sr. hurdles, pole vault), Morgan Perry (sr. hurdles, sprints), Amy Jo Murphy (fr. distance), Tori VandeHoef (so. sprints), Kelly Jackson (jr. distance)
Outlook: Megan Perry returns to the team and should give the Pioneers a boost in the hurdles and the pole vault this year. She'll join twin sister Morgan to make the Pioneers relatively strong in the hurdles and the sprint relays, along with VandeHoef. "Robb (Myhre) and I were laughing (Thursday, March 14) during our first meet that it was the first time in 10 years we had enough girls to fill out all three relays," Bronn said. "It was quite a sight for us. ... We're enjoying having the kids out there." Like the boys' team, the Pioneers are seeing a lot of athletes out there, as the girls' team had 30 turn out. That will obviously help with Nooksack's depth. "I think we should continue to be strong in the throws, and our sprinters are getting better," Bronn said. "They're doing an outstanding job so far." Loreen and Parson both have their minds set on getting back to state, and Bronn said both have a good shot, though he cautioned that will be more difficult this spring following reclassification.
Reach DAVID RASBACH at email@example.com or call 715-2271.