Mount Baker's Nern, Squalicum's Fredlund lead teams Silver Lake titles (w/ video)

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 29, 2013 

SILVER LAKE - Mount Baker senior Kelsie Nern admits her feelings were a little mixed on Saturday, Sept. 28, while she stood at the start line for the 39th Annual Mount Baker Silver Lake Invitational.

"It was bittersweet, because I love racing this course, but it's my last time," Nern said.

Nern certainly made her last competitive race at Silver Lake Park count, as she not only finished second individually, but she also helped the Mountaineers claim the team title.

"It's pretty cool (to finish second) because it's my last time running my home course, and I'm so proud of my team right now," she said.

Squalicum's Chris Fredlund won the boys' individual title with a time of 16 minutes, 8.23 seconds, and he also helped the Storm win the team championship on a rainy, muddy day.

"I think it's great for the whole team," Fredlund said. "I think everyone on the team ran pretty strong all around. Individually, I'm happy. I came in first and felt strong the whole way. There was a lot of mud, and that was kind of annoying, but I felt strong the whole way."

Like Fredlund, Nern looked strong throughout the 2.97-mile slog around the park.

Girls' individual winner Jordan McPhee from Mount Rainier was in her own area code from the start, winning in 19:05.74.

But about 800 meters in, Nern noticed that most of McPhee's chase pack suddenly slowed up.

"I just figured I would keep going because I wasn't tired," Nern said.

And she kept going and going, saying she never felt comfortable in second in 19:49.91.

"It's pretty spectacular," Nern said. "I'm not used to that, but I like it."

Third-place Dandelion Kinison from Lake Stevens finished 18 seconds back, barely holding off Nooksack Valley's Amy Murphy, who was fourth in 20:08.98.

"I was hoping for a sub 20," Murphy said. "But I PRed, so I'm really happy. ... I feel a lot more prepared (this year), because I ran all summer and kept training."

Meridian's McKenzie Roque rounded out the top five with a time of 20:22.18.

Mount Baker scored 65 team points to beat out Lake Steven's 78 and Sedro-Woolley's 144. Nern was joined by a 10th-place finish from Katie Buss (20:53.21), Haley Rollins in 18th (21:38.04), Katherine Dunford in 21st (21:45.46) and Rayedeen Engels in 28th (22:05.12).

Murphy led the Pioneers to a fourth-place finish, one point behind Sedro-Woolley, as Chloe Gardner was 11th (21:01.09).

Roque was joined in the top 15 by Dena Andrushenko (13th in 21:15.05), as Meridian placed fifth overall.

Ferndale was seventh and was led by Jillian Anderson's eighth-place finish in 20:42.14. Sarah Ball's ninth-place finish (20:47.62) helped Lynden Christian finish eighth. Squalicum was ninth and was led by Rachel Phipps in 17th (21:27.35), while Lynden was 12th and was led by Grace Sauter in 19th (21:38.04).

In the boys' race, Fredlund grabbed the lead about a mile in, after North Surrey's Nathan Tadesse backed off a little bit, but Fredlund said the key was the second half of the race.

"Right after we came out of the dip and we had to come up hill, I was trying to focus on keeping my stride clean, so when we came around I didn't lose that gap," Fredlund said. "I wanted to keep stringing that gap out, because I knew once we got to that hill on the back they were going to run right up."

Fredlund's closest pursuer was Meridian's Collin Magnusson, who finished second in 16:29.87.

"I wanted to run a low 5-minute (mile) and just hold on from there and have a good kick," Magnusson said. "That obviously didn't happen the first mile. So I had a lot more left. I think it was just a matter of picking off people."

The last person he had to pick off was Tadesse, and Magnusson used the infamous gully to make his move.

"I surged up the hill and took second from there and just kept going," Magnusson said.

Squalicum's Nick Gallaher finished third in 16:37.71, as the Storm's five scoring runners all finished in the top 20 - 12th-place Jared Radtke (17:05.48), 15th-place Dillon Rinauro (17:15.88) and 19th-place Chais Sugden 17:27.87 joined Fredlund and Gallaher.

"It kind of boosts our energy," Fredlund said of the team's strong finish. "It gives us a little more excitement for the next race and little more confidence in our abilities and what we can do."

Lake Stevens was second to Squalicum's 47 points with 58, while Magnusson led Meridian to third with 92 points. The Trojans also got strong finishes from Davis Phillips in ninth (16:57.11) and David Anderson in 11th (17:04.69).

Lynden Christian was eighth and was led by a 36th-place finish from Jon Wiley (17:50.14). Ferndale was ninth overall and was led by Roberto Aguilera in 14th (17:11.14), while Mount Baker was 11th and was led by Shelby Miles in 17th (17:18.65). Lynden was 13th and was led by Thomas Swineford in 30th (17:38.21), while Nooksack Valley was 14th and led by Zach Harvey in 63rd (18:58.23).

Reach David Rasbach at david.rasbach@bellinghamherald.com or 360-715-2286.

39TH ANNUAL MOUNT BAKER SILVER LAKE INVITATIONAL

Saturday's results

At Silver Lake Park

Girls

Team results: 1. Mount Baker 65, 2. Lake Stevens 78, 3. Sedro-Woolley 144, 4. Nooksack Valley 145, 5. Meridian 148, 6. Mount Rainier 161, 7. Ferndale 172, 8. Lynden Christian 178, 9. Squalicum 186, 10. Omak 198, 11. Cedar Park Christian 218, 12. Lynden 289.

Top 10 individuals: 1. Jordan McPhee (Mount Rainier) 19:05, 74, 2. Kelsie Nern (Mount Baker) 19:49.91, 3. Dandelion Kinison (Lake Stevens) 20:08.08, 4. Amy Murphy (Nooksack Valley) 20:08.98, 5. McKenzie Roque (Meridian) 20:22.18, 6. Caracol Haley (University Prep) 20:24.97, 7. Stephanie Schlimmer (Sedro-Woolley) 20:28.85, 8. Jillian Anderson (Ferndale) 20:42.14, 9. Sarah Ball (Lynden Christian) 20:47.62, 10. Katie Buss (Mount Baker) 20:53.21.

Mount Baker: 2. Kelsie Nern 19:49.91, 10. Katie Buss 20:53.21, 18. Haley Rollins 21:38.04, 21. Katherine Dunford 21:45.46, 28. Rayedeen Engels 22:05.12, 40. Karissa Stapp 22:41.39, 45. Natasha Haggith 23:04.56.

Nooksack Valley: 4. Amy Murphy 20:08.98, 11. Chloe Gardner 21:01.09, 32. Jessica Jose 22:19.28, 43. Kelly Jackson 22:50.03, 73. Pearl Morris 24:47.46, 79. Melanie Brown 25:45.69.

Meridian: 5. McKenzie Roque 20:22.18, 13. Dena Andrushenko 21:15.05, 34. Tiana Pratt 22:23.87, 48. Briannah Heiniger 23:14.34, 66. Madison Holz 24:09.92.

Ferndale: 8. Jillian Anderson 20:42.14, 26. Jana Peterson 21:59.65, 39. Laura Tkacsik 22:40.62, 58. Mikaela Hernandez 23:47.88, 63. Kara Collins 24:05.97, 76. Kathryn Vajda 25:12.54, 80. Elise Freeman 25:48.63.

Lynden Christian: 9. Sarah Ball 20:47.62, 31. Kara Veldman 22:18.59, 41. Julia Morris 22:44.66, 51. Brooke Berendsen 23:19.73, 68. Brianna Rutgers 24:19.80, 72. Ketta Vanden Boss 24:38.26.

Squalicum: 17. Rachel Phipps 21:27.35, 36. Kristin Smith 22:25.88, 42. Christina Lilleston 22:49.67, 52. Hailey Linville 23:21.38, 64. Justine Johnson 24:08.17, 77. Tara Knight 25:14.63.

Lynden: 19. Grace Sauter 21:38.04, 65. Frances Sauter 4:08.94, 70. Alex Schulhauser 24:28.23, 83. Cynthia Anker 27:18.14, 84. Morgan Nims 27:20.03.

Boys

Team results: 1. Squalicum 47, 2. Lake Stevens 58, 3. Meridian 92, 4. Charles Wright Academy 127, 5. Mount Rainier 144, 6. Liberty Bell 160, 7. Cedar Park Christian 199, 8. Lynden Christian 222, 9. Ferndale 232, 11. Mount Baker 278, 12. Sedro-Woolley 325, 13. Lynden 328, 14. Nooksack Valley 340.

Top 10 individuals: 1. Chris Fredlund (Squalicum) 16:08.23, 2. Collin Magnusson (Meridian) 16:29.87, 3. Nick Gallaher (Squalicum) 16:37.71, 4. Nathan Tadesse (North Surrey) 16:40.77, 5. Noah Wallace (Lake Stevens) 16:47.39, 6. Ben Klemmeck (Liberty Bell) 16:48.05, 7. Zach Bush (Lake Stevens) 16:55.30, 8. Zach Hinz (Charles Wright) 16:55.74, 9. Davis Phillips (Meridian) 16:57.11, 10. Samuel Goble (Omak) 17:01.78.

Squalicum: 1. Chris Fredlund 16:08.23, 3. Nick Gallaher 16:37.71, 12. Jared Radtke 17:05.48, 15. Dillon Rinauro 17:15.88, 19. Chais Sugden 17:27.87, 32. Justin Rinauro 17:46.69, 34. Dylan Tomberlin 17:48.16.

Meridian: 2. Collin Magnusson 16:29.87, 9. Davis Phillips 16:57.11, 11. David Anderson 17:04.69, 33. Derek Morrow 17:47.78, 47. Derek Holz 18:20.90, 55. Levi Morrow 18:39.56, 57. Rico Martinez 18:44.59.

Lynden Christian: 36. Jon Wiley 17:50.14, 48. Josh Lingbloom 18:24.44, 49. Connor Block 18:25.26, 50. Jack VanderGriend 18:25.66, 61. Dylan Block 18:55.22.

Ferndale: 14. Roberto Aguilera 17:11.14, 39. Kaleb Palmby 17:55.24, 60. Matthew Steiber 18:50.99, 67. Wesley Cruse 19:04.33, 76. Jacob Ramirez 19:34.08, 92. Leland Carter 20:34.78.

Mount Baker: 17. Shelby Miles 17:18.65, 42. Ishmael Villaluz 18:04.09, 75. Josh Meyer 19:30.12, 84. Jacob Koranda 20:02.53, 86. David Godin 20:10.75, 93. Mitchell Pelzer 20:35.46, 94. Kody Kelley 20:36.39.

Lynden: 30. Thomas Swineford 17:38.21, 79. Jacob Heeringa 19:53.19, 81. Anthony Ricci 19:57.03, 82. Aiden McCaig 19:58.44, 88. Tyler Stokes 20:25.65.

Nooksack Valley: 63. Zach Harvey 18:58.23, 68. Taylor Gardner 19:04.96, 73. Calvin Ledet 19:16.94, 74. Jordan Hem 19:22.67, 96. Cole Tiemersma 20:50.31, 97. Elijah Rohde 21:11.08, 99. Shawn Goto-Gierke 21:25.99.


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