Meridian’s girls’ track and field team took first place at the Lynden Christian Invite on Thursday, April 30, at Lynden Christian High School.
Janessa Murphy, Mackenzie Cox and Ryley Zapien won events for the Trojans. Murphy ran a winning time of 26.48 seconds in the 200, Cox a winning time of 1:07.08 (400) and Zapien had a winning mark of 31 feet, 2.5 inches in the triple jump.
Meridian’s 4x200 relay team of Payton Lunde, Cox, Ellesse FitzGerald and Katelyne Zucati also ran a winning time of 1:51.80.
Lynden Christian took second at the invite. Led by Hannah Rusnak, who won four events for the Lyncs. Rusnak won the 100 (12.66), the 100 hurdles (15.09), ran the second leg of the winning 4x100 relay (50.5) and won the long jump (17-04.5).
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Mount Baker’s Natalie Smith won the 800 (2:29.64), the 1,600 (5:27.54) and the 3,200 (12:35) to lead Mount Baker to a third place finish.
Haley VanderHeiden won the shot put (34-11) and the discus (100-09) in Nooksack Valley’s fourth place finish.
At Lynden Christian High School
Team Scores: Meridian 172.5, Lynden Christian 156, Mount Baker 80.5, Nooksack Valley 51, Friday Harbor 17
100: Hannah Rusnak (Lynden Christian) 12.66; 200: Janessa Murphy (Meridian) 26.48; 400: Mackenzie Cox (Meridian) 1:07.08; 800: Natalie Smith (Mount Baker) 2:29.64; 1,600: Natalie Smith (Mount Baker) 5:27.54; 3,200: Natalie Smith (Mount Baker) 12:35.23; 100 hurdles: Hannah Rusnak (Lynden Christian) 15.09; 300 hurdles: Madison Wiese (Lynden Christian) 50.66; 4x100: Lynden Christian (Brianna Bruneau, Hannah Rusnak, Madison Weg, Brandy Bruneau) 50.5; 4x200: Meridian (Payton Lunde, Mackenzie Cox, Ellese Fitzgerald, Katelyne Zucati) 1:51.80; 4x400: Lynden Christian (Sara Dougan, Madison Weg, Brianna Bruneau, Brandy Bruneau) 4:18.46; Shot put: Haley VanderHeiden (Nooksack Valley) 34-11; Discus: Haley VanderHeiden (Nooksack Valley) 100-09; Javelin: Sara Rist (Friday Harbor) 110-03; High jump: Madison Weg (Lynden Christian) 5-02; Pole vault: Katherine Dunford (Mount Baker) 10-00; Long jump: Hannah Rusnak (Lynden Christian) 17-04.5; Triple jump: Ryley Zapien (Meridian) 31-02.5.