Bellingham Red Raiders boys' track and field preview capsule

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 22, 2014 

BELLINGHAM

RED RAIDERS

Coach: Bill McClement

Last year: Finished fifth at Northwest Conference Championships with 52 points. ... Finished fourth at District 1/2 Meet with 54 points. ... Finished 26th at Class 2A State Championships with eight points.

Returning state participants: Tristan Hurley (sr. triple jump)

Others to watch: Tanner Aliff (jr. hurdles/sprints), Christian Amano (sr. sprints), Jakob Chamberlin (so. throws), Adam Estrada (jr. sprints), Amari Franklin (sr. jumps/sprints), Day Georgen (so. sprints), Sam Gillman (so. mid-distance), Nick Hanks (sr. throws), Kailen Hayes (jr. sprints), Kieran Lewis (jr. sprints) Simon Maguire (sr. mid-distance), Payton Porter (so. sprints), Alden Roberts (jr. sprints), Jamie Sayegh (sr. sprints), Jacob Stahl (sr. mid-distance), Isaiah White (jr. sprints), Kyle Hoffstetter (so. sprints/throws), Trenton Helming (so. throws), Ben Doucette (so. sprints/hurdles/jumps)

Outlook: Bellingham coach Bill McClement firmly believes the growth of the Red Raiders' boys' team will hinge on the group's willingness to focus on the things that matter on and off the field. So far, McClement has seen that strong commitment. "I think we have a lot of really focused kids on this team," McClement said. "There are some kids who've come out for track that are new to it in high school, and the mix could result in a pretty competitive team. We'll see how we grow." Senior Tristan Hurley is Bellingham's only returning state participant, but the team is full of promising track and field athletes, especially in sprints. Some of those include Tanner Aliff, Kieran Lewis, Payton Porter, Adam Estrada, Isaiah White, Kieran Lewis and Jamie Sayegh. The Red Raiders also appear to have the talent to become strong in other areas.

Reach ANDREW LANG at andrew.lang@bellinghamherald.com or call ext. 862.

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