Coach: Tyler Mitchell
Last year: Finished 11th at the Northwest Conference Championships with 16 points. ... Finished 10th at the Class 1A Tri-District Finals with 29 points. ... Finished 31st at the Class 1A State Championships with four points.
Returning state participants: Jesse Phan (sr., 800, 4x400)
Others to watch: Keenan Gray (so., middle-distance); Jeremiah Cronk (jr., middle-distance); Cory Burgh (sr., throws)
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Outlook: Although coach Tyler Mitchell’s team may not have the numbers its had in the past, there’s several talented athletes that could make an impact this spring, and those returning are in great shape, Mitchell said. Senior middle-distance runner Jesse Phan is the team’s only state returner, and he could be a serious contender at the state meet. “He trained a bit over the winter and is coming back in much better shape after cross country,” Mitchell said of Phan in a phone interview. “He’s looking really confident.” Joining Phan in the middle-distance events is sophomore Keenan Gray, who’s flashed a lot of promise. Junior Jeremiah Cronk, who’s displayed his athleticism on the wrestling mat, is a third 800, 1,600, 3,200 runner who is expected to make an impact. With only 16 boys on the roster, Mount Baker will struggle filling out events, but senior Cory Burgh could be one to watch in both the discus and javelin. Joining Burgh on the throwing crew is JT Keeney, who peaked toward the end of last spring and will be hoping to break through toward the end once again. He’ll be looking to translate his football and wrestling muscle to the throwing events.