Coach: Layne Hutchins
Last year: Finished sixth at the NWC Championships. Finished eighth at the 2A Northwest District meet. Finished 31st at the 2A State Championships.
Returning state participants: Jalani Phelps (jr. 4x400), Elijah Varner (sr. 300 hurdles)
Others to watch: Jordan Sterk (sr. sprints, jumps), Bryce Sterk (so. sprints, hurdles), Rudy Mendoza (jr. sprints), Robbie Swineford (jr. distance), Trent Postma (so. sprints), Kayden Williams (so. sprints), Kordel Clarks (so. jumps)
Outlook: Lynden finds itself in the unusual position of not having many seniors or juniors on its roster this year, but Hutchins is encouraged by some strong younger athletes. "We're not sure what we have, but we're working hard," Hutchins said in a phone interview. "We don't have very many seniors, but we do have good leadership between our senior and junior classes. It's kind of exciting, because it's kind of like we're rebuilding with so many new kids." As often with the Lions, that process will start in the relays, where Lynden should once again be strong. Phelps looks primed to have a big spring, Hutchins said. Varner, who has been a two-time state participant in the hurdles also is looking to not only get there but finish on the podium this year after he spent the offseason really focusing on his mechanics. A number of other sprinters are primed to take a step forward. "I'm really excited about the relays and what we might be able to do in both events," Hutchins said. "That's the fun part, and core and base of a good track team is having those strong relays."
Reach DAVID RASBACH at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 715-2271.