Coach: Kent DeHoog
Last year: Finished 12th at the Northwest Conference Championships with 11 points. ... Finished 14th at the Class 1A Tri-District Finals with 11 points. ... Did not record any points at the Class 1A State Championships.
Returning state participants: David Bladies (so., 4x100), Sam Vander Griend (sr., 4x100), Nathan Rusnak (sr., 4x100)
Others to watch: Andrew Vander Mey (jr., jumps/relays); Josh Lingbloom (jr., distance); Terrel Brown (sr., throws); Jack Vander Griend (so., hurdles)
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Outlook: Lynden Christian doesn’t perhaps have the numbers to have skilled athletes in the majority of the track and field events, but that doesn’t mean coach Kent DeHoog doesn’t have some key pieces. As most years, the Lyncs will turn to their relays in hopes of generating some state representation. David Bladies, Sam Vander Griend and Nathan Rusnak were three parts of Lynden Christian’s 4x100 relay team that qualified for state, and they all return this spring. “We are trying to find one more to join them,” DeHoog said in a phone interview. “They were a strong team last year.” Sophomore Jack Vander Griend, who is a promising hurdler, is a strong candidate to fill out the relay team, and so is junior Andrew Vander Mey, who also competes in jumps. Headlining Lynden Christian’s throwing crew will be senior Terrell Brown, who is expected to compete the best in shot put. DeHoog said the senior is still dealing with an injury, but he should be fine to compete. The Lyncs’ top distance runner is junior Josh Lingbloom. He was a district runner last spring and has the chance to break into the state meet this time around. DeHoog said he has some younger athletes who could step up, but those are yet to be determined.