Phan lives up to expectations

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 31, 2014 

Mount Baker track's Chynna Phan's senior year went as planned. Baker coach Tyler Mitchell saw the potential in Phan when he first started coaching the team and immediately switched her from running sprints to running long distance.

Now, Phan is holding the state title in the 800 and Mitchell couldn't be more proud.

"She's a great athlete and a great role model," Mitchell said in a phone interview.

Phan was aiming for the meet record and fell just a second short, but is still happy to go home with a blue ribbon and Phan never expected it after a fifth-place finish last year.

"When my coach told me he thought I could win state this season, I thought he was crazy," Phan said in a phone interview.

By the time state rolled around, Phan was the clear favorite as she won her heat in the preliminaries, despite her coach telling her she should just take it easy.

"She's a little stubborn," Mitchell said.

The only thing Phan had to deal with in the final was calming her nerves.

"Everyone was telling me I was going to get a championship so there were a lot expectations," Phan said. "I just shook it off when I got to the start."

For Mitchell, he just has to get Phan's brother, Jesse, to perform as well as his sister.

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