Meridian's boys' track and field team did something no Trojans track team has ever done: take home a trophy in the Class 1A State Tournament on Saturday, May 31, at Eastern Washington University.
"To be honest, going into the weekend it wasn't something we thought about," Meridian coach Patrick Ames said in a phone interview.
But after day one, Meridian was in first place. Knowing the team was front-loaded, Ames still didn't think much of it. With four events left and Meridian still at the top of the leaderboard, Ames realized what was about to happen.
"It was cool and exciting," Ames said. "To bring home third place when it wasn't being looked for is a great cap to a great season."
The Trojans' Saturday was rather uneventful. Collin Magnusson took fifth in the 3,200 and Kaleb Heezen finished sixth in the shot put. It was Meridian's two state titles on Friday that made the difference.
Blaine's team took 25th after Steven Crafts set a school record in the long jump - the same record he broke last week. Other Saturday finishes for the Borderites included Josiah Westbrook's eighth in the 100 and Adam McShane's ninth in the shot put.
Mount Baker's Jesse Phan led a Baker squad to a 31st-place finish with a sixth-place in the 800. Baker was also helped by an eighth from the 4x400 relay team and a 13th by Shelby Miles in the 3,200.
CLASS 1A BOYS
100 METERS School Time Pl.
Josiah Westbrook Blaine 11.45 8
800 METERS School Time Pl.
Jesse Phan Mount Baker 2:01.45 6
3,200 METERS School Time Pl.
Collin Magnusson Meridian 9:59.71 5
Shelby Miles Mount Baker 10:43.16 13
4x400 RELAY Athlete Time Pl.
Mount Baker Travis Lindsey 3:34.71 8
LONG JUMP School Dist. Pl.
Steven Crafts Blaine 22-00 2
SHOT PUT School Dist. Pl.
Kaleb Heezen Meridian 50-00.25 6
Adam McShane Blaine 48-05.75 9