Lynden Christian's girls' track and field team was the tops among Whatcom County schools and only second to King's at the 1A Tri-District Tournament on Saturday, May 24, at Woolsey Stadium in Shoreline.
The Lyncs didn't just settle for qualifying five athletes and two relay teams (4x100 and 4x400) to state. Instead, the 4x400 relay team went for a school and stadium record by running in a time of 4 minute, 1.42 seconds . The team will go into state as one of the fastest and has a good shot at winning, Meridian coach Patrick Ames said in a phone interview.
Other Lyncs' qualifiers included Hannah Rusnak (100, 100 hurdles, long jump), Sarah Ball (3,200), Morgan Van Kooten (shot put) and Hannah Wynstra (javelin).
Meridian's team put up quite a performance in the relays also. The Trojans qualified two relay teams, beat stadium records in both of them and a school record in the 4x400.
"We ran a couple girls relays that were dynamite," Ames said.
The Trojans also qualified Mimi Meggison (3,200), McKenzie Rogue (3,200) and Janessa Murphy (long jump).
Blaine was led by Olivia Adams' first-place finish in the shot put as the Borderites qualified Kieya Villars (300 hurdles), Elle Moore (shot put) and Taylor V'Dovec (high jump) to compete alongside Adams at state.
Mount Baker moved on three athletes in four events. Kelsie Nern qualified in both the 1,600 and 3,200.
Nooksack Valley will compete with Amy Jo Murphy (3,200) as the Pioneers only qualifier.
The state tournament will be on Friday, May 30, at Eastern Washington University.
Team scores: King's 137, Lynden Christian 85, Eatonville 47, Northwest 41, Meridian 39, Seattle Christian 36, Cedar Park Christian 35, Blaine 34, Mount Baker 33, University Prep 29, Seattle Academy 29, South Whidbey 28, Bellevue Christian 23, Port Townsend 22, Cascade Christian 21, Vashon Island 18, Nooksack Valley 13, Life Christian Academy 12, Coupeville 8, Eastside Preparatory 7, Annie Wright 2, Bush 2, Charles Wright Academy 1.
100: 3. Hannah Rusnak (Lynden Christian) 12.82; 800: 1. Chynna Phan (Mount Baker) 2:14.67; 1,600: 5. Kelsie Nern (Mount Baker) 5:19.99; 3,200: 1. Kelsie Nern (Mount Baker) 11:38.61, 2. Amy Jo Murphy (Nooksack Valley) 11:46.41, 3. Sarah Ball (Lynden Christian) 11:54.75, 4. Mimi Meggison (Meridian) 11:57.97, 5. McKenzie Rogue (Meridian) 11:58.07; 100 hurdles: 1. Hannah Rusnak (Lynden Christian) 15.2; 300 hurdles: 5. Kieya Villars (Blaine) 47.69; 4x100 relay: 3. Lynden Christian (Brianna Bruneau, Brandy Bruneau, Madison Weg, Hannah Rusnak) 50.19; 4x200 relay: 1. Meridian (Payton Lunde, Katelyne Zucati, Janessa Murphy, Taylor Lunde) 1:45.08; 4x400 relay: 1. Lynden Christian (Emily Sytsma, Brandy Bruneau, Brianna Bruneau, Madison Weg) 4:01.42, 2. Meridian (Payton Lunde, Janessa Murphy, McKenzie Rogue, Taylor Lunde) 4:02.28; Shot put: 1. Morgan Van Kooten (Lynden Christian), 5. Elle Moore (Blaine) 31-05.5; Discus: 3. Elle Moore (Blaine) 107-03; Javelin: 2. Hannah Wynstra (Lynden Christian) 116-00; High jump: 2. Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine) 5-03, 3. Madison Weg (Lynden Christian) 5-02; Pole vault: 1. Olivia Adams (Blaine) 11-06, 3. Katherine Dunford (Mount Baker) 10-00; Long jump: 2. Hannah Rusnak (Lynden Christian) 17-11.5, 4. Janessa Murphy (Meridian) 17-01.5.