Ever since his family bought its first digital camera when he was 10, Sehome graduated senior Reed Henderson has been interested in taking pictures.
Turns out, he's got a good eye, especially when it comes to photographing nature.
In fact, if you stop by the new Rocket Donuts building, you can see just how good, as he has an exhibit of 15 to 17 photos on display there.
"I really like going up Chuckanut," Henderson said in a phone interview. "No matter where you go, there's always something new each time, and no sunset is the same as the last. Sunsets are really nice to watch up there."
Since he got to high school, Henderson also has been picturing himself as an NCAA Division I runner, something he'll get to do at Northern Arizona University.
"It's a huge accomplishment for me," said Henderson, who said he might elect to put his collegiate running career on hold for a year to travel before enrolling next June. "I really didn't think about it until I got into high school and started running seriously, but I've always been pretty fast. From my sophomore year on, it's always been a pretty big goal of mine to make it to Division I."
The Lumberjacks compete in the Big Sky Conference.
Henderson said he chose the Flagstaff campus over Montana, Montana State and Boise State.
"They had the best photography program that I saw throughout all the schools I looked at," Henderson said. "That was important to me. I wanted to go somewhere that had a program for photography as well as running if I wanted to continue that."
At NAU, Henderson said he likely will focus on commercial photography and learning how to market his photos.
With the Lumberjacks, he'll also be joining a solid middle-distance program.
"They've got a few guys around where I'm at (in the 800 meters), then another couple in the 1:48 or 1:49 range," Henderson said. "I think it will be competitive and beneficial for me."
Henderson should definitely benefit a program that won the men's Big Sky title last spring and placed two runners in the top eight in the 800 at the conference championships.
He will head to Flagstaff after winning the Class 2A state title in the event with a personal-best time of 1:52.39.
"It wasn't a perfect race, but it definitely was a really good race," Henderson said of his championship run. "I ran it the way I wanted and didn't let anyone else run it their way. I took it from the start and didn't let anyone else take it."
Henderson's win helped the Sehome boys win the team title. He also placed seventh at the Class 2A State Cross Country Championships with a personal-best time of 15:46.8, helping the Mariners win that state title, as well.
Though he wasn't necessarily enthusiastic about it, Henderson said he likely will continue to run cross country in college, as well.
"I'm trying to talk the coach out of making me run cross country, because 8 kilometers is a long race, but I think I'll be focusing mostly on middle distance stuff," Henderson said.
Henderson is the second Sehome boys' runner to commit to a Division I program this year, joining Conner Johnsen, who received a scholarship to run at Washington State.
The two friends eventually could face each other if both make it to the West Regionals in the same events.
"That will be really interesting after so many years of running together," Henderson said. "It will be weird being on another team and competing that way. We always had a friendly competition, but when you're on different teams, it's totally different."
In fact, Henderson and Johnsen could be joined by a number of familiar faces, as Squalicum's Patrick Gibson (Stanford), Bellingham's Joe Charbonneau (Seattle University), Blaine's Tom Bradley (University of San Francisco) and Mount Baker's Dillon Quintana (Gonzaga) could all find themselves running in the same regional at some point, making for quite a Whatcom County reunion on the Division I level.
"It's been a pleasure running with all the boys on my team and the guys on the other teams, as well," Henderson said. "Guys like Joe Charbonneau and Patrick Gibson, the competition and level of respect we had for each other over the years has been incredible."
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