Weg, Van Kooten fall just short of 1A track titles


Lynden Christian's Madison Weg came just short of a 1A state high jump championship, losing to Riverside's Jessica Chrisp in the Class 1A/1B State Track and Field Championships at Eastern Washington University in Cheney on Friday, May 24.

Weg's jump of 5 feet, 6 inches tied Chrisp's best jump, but it took Weg two tries to reach the 5-4 mark while it took Chrisp only one.

"She's been jumping well lately," Lynden Christian coach Kent De Hoog said in a phone interview. "Her best was 5-2, and she cleared 5-6 which was a school record since the 70s."

Meridian's Sammie Hunt finished in 15th place in the high jump with a mark of 4-10.

Lynden Christian's hard-luck day continued when Morgan Van Kooten suffered a similar fate as her teammate, coming in second place in the shot put with a mark of 40-02.5. The winner, Karle Pittsinger of Chelan, won with a toss of 42-00.50, besting Van Kooten's by two feet.

"Morgan was just terrific today," De Hoog said. "She was excited to throw 35 feet just a few weeks ago, and last week at tri-districts she threw a 37. Her first throw today was at 38, and it's just a great peak to her season."

While coming as close as the two did from a state championship may sting in the short term, the two sophomores will most certainly have shots at the state title in the years to come.

"They did better than they were supposed to do, better than they are ranked," De Hoog said. "It was delightful to watch their performances."

Blaine's Malie Laolagi finished ninth in the shot put behind Van Kooten, reaching a mark of 35-09, and Meridian's Anna Ratzlaff finished in a tie for 13th with a toss of 31-06.0

Lynden Christian finished the first day in second place with a team total of 16 points.

Other local performers competing in state finals were Meridian's McKenzie Roque and Mount Baker's Kelsie Nern in the 3,200. The two finished in 10th and 11th, respectively, with Roque besting Nern by just below four seconds.

The only other final of the day was in the long jump, in which Meridian's Leyla Marino and Nicole Hofbauer finished in 11th and 14th, respectively.

In the preliminary events, Meridian saw its relay teams in the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 all advance.

The team of Marino, Janessa Murphy, Trinell Carpenter and Taylor Lunde finished second behind Connell. That same grouping finished third in the 4x100, and the pairing of Murphy, Carpenter, Lunde and Jayna Edmonds finished third in the 4x400.

Lynden Christian also advanced its 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. The Lyncs finished in fourth in both events behind Meridian.

Mount Baker's Chynna Phan was the only other Whatcom County performer to qualify for a final after finishing seventh in the 800 with a time of 2 minutes and 21.10 seconds.




3,200 METERS

Athlete School Time (Place)

McKenzie Roque Meridian 11:58.29 (10)

Kelsie Nern Mount Baker 12:02.15 (11)


Athlete School Mark (Place)

Leyla Marino Meridian 15-08.75 (11)

Nicole Hofbauer Meridian 14-10.25 (14)


Athlete School Mark (Place)

Madison Weg Lynden Christian 5-06 (2)

Sammie Hunt Meridian 4-10 (15)


Athlete School Mark (Place)

Morgan Van Kooten Lynden Christian 40-02.5 (2)

Malie Laolagi Blaine 35-09 (9)

Anna Ratzlaff Meridian 31-06 (13T)



Athlete School Time (Place)

Chynna Phan Mount Baker 2:21.10 (Qualified)


Athlete School Time (Place)

Madison Burke Lynden Christian 17.45 (DNQ)


School Athlete Athlete Time (Place)

Meridian Leyla Marino Janessa Murphy 50.81 (Qualified) 3

Trinell Carpenter Taylor Lunde

Lynden Christian Madison Burke Emily Sytsma 51.49 (Qualified)

Emily Visser Madison Weg


School Athlete Athlete Time (Place)

Meridian Leyla Marino Trinell Carpenter 1:47.97 (Qualified) 2

Janessa Murphy Taylor Lunde


School Athlete Athlete Time (Place)

Meridian Janessa Murphy Trinell Carpenter 4:07.74 (Qualified) 3

Jayna Edmonds Taylor Lunde

Lynden Christian Brianna Bruneau Brandy Bruneau 4:08.46 (Qualified)

Emily Sytsma Madison Weg


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