Lynden Christian’s girls’ cross country team finished 13th and Mount Baker finished 25th among the 28 teams that finished five runners in the top division of the Hole in the Wall Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 11, at Lakewood High School. Other Whatcom County schools included Ferndale, Meridian, Squalicum and Sehome.
The Lyncs were led by Sarah Ball’s 42nd-place finish with a time of 20:11.4. Alongside Ball was McKenzie Young (20:49.9), Taylor Ten Pas (21:21.3), Brianna Bruneau (21:47.9) and Brandy Bruneau (21:57).
Mount Baker was the only other Whatcom County to run at least five runners in the top division. Natalie Smith’s 20:41.2 led the Mountaineers. She was followed by Katie Buss (21:18.5), Kaitlyn Stapp (22:17.4), Haley Rollins (22:26.3) and Katherine Dunford (22:52.4).
Meridian was the star of the second division. Mimi Meggison (20:08.5) paced the Trojans with a fifth-place finish to lead Meridian to a fourth-place team finish. Other Trojan runners included Dena Andrushenko (21:24.6), Tiana Pratt (21:51.9), Ashlee VanDenTop (21:57.9) and Madison Holz (23:45.3).
Ferndale’s Jillian Anderson finished 63rd in the first division. Jana Peterson (22:02.2), Katherine Chamblin (22:07) and Kara Collins (25:12.4) also raced for the Golden Eagles.
Squalicum’s Grace Oswin led the Storm with a 20:59.1. Oswin was followed by Abby Koenig (21:53.8), Sophia Regimbal (21:55.0), Jordan Sims (23:06.7) and Hailey Linville (23:21.4).
Sehome’s top runners were given the meet off, as the junior varsity team ran for the Mariners. Tatiana Langley (21:27.5), Leila Markosian (22:11.2), Emma Hageman (22:11.5), Frances Mitchell (22:38.1) and Maria Fairchild (22:54) all ran for the Mariners.
“With our top girls sitting at home, it was a good experience for our young girls,” Sehome coach Kevin Ryan said in a phone interview. “They got the pressure of a varsity race and got a good race experience. They made a few mistakes, but it was just a great learning experience.”
Hole in the Wall Invitational