Coach: Layne Hutchins
Last year: Finished seventh at Northwest Conference Championships with 45 points. ... Finished 10th at District 1/2 Meet with 29 points. Finished 37th at Class 2A State Championships with four points.
Returning state participants: Trent Postma (jr. 400, 4x400), Bryce Sterk (jr. 4x400)
Others to watch: Thomas Swineford (sr. distance), Jordan Thompson (jr. hurdles), Grant Scarlett (so. hurdles/throws/jumps)
Outlook: Lions coach Layne Hutchins feels he has some athletic, raw athletes, some strong veterans to bring them along and the right coaches to implement the proper technique that'll translate potential to results. "Today, seeing their enthusiasm, all the coaches are looking around going, 'Wow, we got some raw talent here,' so hopefully we'll do our job and start getting the young kids going in the right direction," said Hutchins during the Bedlington track meet. Juniors Trent Postma and Bryce Sterk are top-tier track athletes who should compete on the state level, and Thomas Swineford gives the Lions a talented distance runner. Lynden is a little light in the throws, but Hutchins said he's excited to see what junior Jordan Thompson can do in the hurdles and where versatile sophomore Grant Scarlett will end up helping Lynden the most.
Reach ANDREW LANG at firstname.lastname@example.org or call ext. 862.