High School Sports

Second-place finishes lift Meridian boys, girls to state berths

The Meridian boys and girls cross country teams each finished second at the Class 1A Bi-District Championships on Saturday, Oct. 29, at South Whidbey and were the only Whatcom County teams to advance to next week’s 1A state championships in Pasco.

On the girls’ side, the Trojans scored 91 points, finishing 11 points behind Northwest in a meet that sent only the top four finishers to state.

Ashlee VanDen Top was Meridian’s top finisher in sixth place with a time of 20 minutes, 5.34 seconds. Deana Andrushenko (13th, 21:18.41) and Kendyl Otter (18th, 21:29.91) also had top-20 finishes on the 5,000-meter course.

The boys finished with 88 points, behind only Bush’s 71.

Kenny Barnes led the way for Meridian in seventh place in 17:06.55. Abbas Theophilus (15th, 17:44.84), Derek Holz (18th, 17:52.10), Nathan Schneider (22nd, 18:01.60) and McKay Ross (26th, 18:11.41) gave the Trojans all five runners in the top 26.

LC boys gain top-five finishes

Lynden Christian’s Brooks DeWaard and Eric Steiger each grabbed individual berths to state with top-five finishes.

DeWaard placed second in 16:54.63, nearly a minute behind winner Tibebu Proctor of Northwest, while Steiger was less than three seconds back in fourth (16:57.01).

The Lyncs placed sixth as a team with 156 points.

Nooksack, Baker, LC girls each get one through

Nooksack Valley’s Alyce Harlan was the top Whatcom County girls finisher, placing fifth in 20:05.34 and earning an individual invitation to state as one of the top 20 finishers in the race.

Joining her will be Mount Baker’s Kaitlyn Stapp (11th, 21:08.77) and Lynden Christian’s Taylor Ten Pas (21:33.58). LC’s Brooke Berendsen (23rd, 21:42.44) and Nooksack’s Brooke DeBeeld (24th, 21:45.74) narrowly missed qualifying.

The Pioneers placed fifth – one spot out of advancing to state – with 154 points, while Lynden Christian was sixth with 158. Mount Baker was eighth with 190.

Nooksack, Baker boys wrap up season

The Nooksack Valley and Mount Baker boys teams did not have anybody advance to state. The Pioneers finished 10th overall with 250 points and were led by Caleb Karber in 23rd (18:04.87), while Mount Baker finished 11th with 280 points and was led by Keenan Gray in 48th (18:52.01).

Whatcom County runners headed to state

Class 1A girls



Time (place)

Alyce Harlan

Nooksack Valley

20:02.33 (5)

Ashlee VanDenTop*


20:05.34 (6)

Kaitlyn Stapp

Mount Baker

21:08.77 (11)

Dena Andrushenko*


21:18.41 (13)

Kendyl Otter*


21:29.91 (18)

Taylor Ten Pas

Lynden Christian

21:33.58 (20)

Rubi Stuit*


22:01.37 (27)

Makenna Holz*


22:13.81 (32)

Stefania Dellai*


23:17.51 (43)

Kady Aamot*


25:11.95 (71)

*Runner for team that qualified for state. State rosters can be changed.

Class 1A boys



Time (place)

Brooks DeWaard

Lynden Christian

16:54.63 (2)

Eric Steiger

Lynden Christian

16:57.01 (4)

Kenny Barnes*


17:06.55 (7)

Abbas Theophilus*


17:44.84 (15)

Derek Holz*


17:52.10 (18)

Nathan Schneider*


18:01.60 (22)

McKay Ross*


18:11.41 (26)

Bailey Hodge*


19:00.32 (50)

Jenson Ellars*


19:10.91 (56)

*Runner for team that qualified for state. State rosters can be changed.

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