Lynden Christian and Meridian's girls' track and field teams have been battling all season long. Trading blows in the relays has come with the territory.
On Saturday, May 31, at Eastern Washington University, the Trojans got the better of the Lyncs' relay team in the 4x400, but it was Lynden Christian that took home a team trophy by finishing third place.
"It's been a long time since we were able to finish this high in state," LC coach Kent De Hoog said in a phone interview. "You need good athletes and you need kids motivated to do well. ... You just hope for them to be able to do their best when they get here. That doesn't always happen. For the most part, the kids met that challenge."
The Lyncs had second-place finishes in the 4x100 and 4x400 to go along with a state title from Hannah Rusnak in the 100 hurdles. Hannah Wynstra also had an eighth in the discus and a 10th in the javelin.
"It's hard to imagine running a four-minute relay and not winning," De Hoog said. "They ran an outstanding race."
Among Whatcom County schools, LC was followed by Blaine's sixth-place team finish.
The Borderites' highlight was Olivia Adams' taking home the title in the pole vault. Saturday's finishes included Kieya Villars' fifth in the 300 hurdles and Elle Moore's 14th in the discus.
"Overall, we had a really strong showing," Blaine coach Carey Bacon said in a phone interview.
Meridian's team finished seventh overall which included a state title in the 4x400 and a second in the 4x200.
Mount Baker took 14th as a team, bolstered by Chynna Phan's first place in the 800. With a 4th from Katherine Dunford in the pole vault and Kelsie Nern's ninth in the 1,600.
CLASS 1A GIRLS
800 METERS School Time Pl.
Chynna Phan Mount Baker 2:14.15 1
1,600 METERS School Time Pl.
Kelsie Nern Mount Baker 5:32.00 9
100 HURDLES School Time Pl.
Hannah Rusnak Lynden Christian 15.28 1
300 HURDLES School Time Pl.
Kieya Villars Blaine 47.32 5
4x100 RELAY Athlete Time Pl.
Lynden Christian Brianna Bruneau 49.85 2
4x200 RELAY Athlete Time Pl.
Meridian Payton Lunde 1:44.83 2
4x400 RELAY Athlete Time Pl.
Lynden Christian Emily Sytsma 4:00.51 2
Meridian Payton Lunde 3:59.83 1
POLE VAULT School Ht. Pl.
Olivia Adams Blaine 11-06 1
Katherine Dunford Mount Baker 10-03 4
DISCUS School Dist. Pl.
Elle Moore Blaine 92-10 14
Hannah Wynstra Lynden Christian 106-00 8
JAVELIN School Dist. Pl.
Hannah Wynstra Lynden Christian 107-08 10