Meridian’s track teams showed well at the South Whidbey Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 20, at South Whidbey High School.
The Trojans’ boys finished first in the upper-division of runners on Saturday, led by third-place Collin Magnusson, who was the highest Whatcom County finisher. Meridian also had Derek Morrow, Derek Holz, Riley Hawkins Hecock and Levi Morrow as scoring runners.
“I definitely was proud the boys team,” Meridian coach Mike Holz said in a phone interview. “They had a strong showing today. They’re progressing going into the second half of the season. ... Collin was right with the top runners.”
Meridian’s girls didn’t fare quite as well as the boys but the Trojans still finished fifth, as Mimi Meggison finished fourth individually — the highest Whatcom County finisher.
“Our girls looked strong for the 1As,” Holz said. “I’m excited for our girls. I think we’ll be right there with Mount Baker at the end of the year.”
The top Whatcom County girls team was Mount Baker, whose five scoring runners included Natalie Smith, Katie Buss, Haley Rollins, Katherine Dunford and Kaitlyn Stapp.
“Mount Baker is going to be a strong team and they’ll be tough to beat,” Holz said.
Squalicum’s boys finished sixth as a team and were paced by Chais Sugden, who finished with a 17:41.77. Behind Sugden was Dylan Tomberlin, Ian Tomberlin, Curt Peila and Ethan Behee.
The Storm girls finished 10th as a team, led by Abby Koenig, Sophia Regimbal, Syndey Arndorfer, Hailey Linville and Jordan Sims.
Blaine, whose boys finished 12th, was led by Parker Morris and Hillary Kiele.
“Blaine looked strong,” Holz said. “Don’t count out Nooksack Valley. They have some strong young runners.”
Lynden got strong performances from Roscoe Perry and Kornelija Houston, as the Lions got a ninth-place finish on the boys’ side.
Nooksack Valley’s leaders were Zach Harvey and Amy Murphy and got a 10th-place team finish from the boys and ninth-place finish from the girls.