BELLINGHAM — Red Raiders sprinter Alyssa Porter turned to teammate Mia Hodges after the 200-meter final and with an exhausted tone let Hodges know how thrilled she was her day was finished.
Porter put in a long day’s work during the Northwest Conference Championships track and field meet, leaving Civic Stadium with three first-place medals.
“It feels good,” said Porter of the times she posted in both the 100- and 200-meter sprints. “I more came out to PR and do my best, and thankfully I PRed in both of my single events.”
And nearly set two new NWC Championship meet records in the process.
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The defending 100-meter state champion began the meet with a 12.22 in the 100, breaking former Blaine standout Cherish Morrison’s old time of 12.35, which she set two years ago. Porter then helped Bellingham’s team of Mary Dyrland, Annie Waddell and Hodges claim the 4x100 relay title before posting a winning time of 25.90 in the 200.
Porter played a large role in the Bellingham girls placing third overall, but when it comes to team success, Sehome proved Friday, April 25, at Civic Stadium, there’s no conference team that can match the Mariners’ athleticism and depth.
Sehome claimed both the boys’ and girls’ team titles with scores of 129 and 143.5, respectively. On the boys’ side, Burlington-Edison placed second with 100 points, Sedro-Woolley was third 80.5 points, Bellingham’s 68.5 points was good for fourth and Meridian rounded out the top five with 63 points.
Lynden Christian’s four event wins was the more than any other girls team and the wins helped LC take second with 97 points, Bellingham recorded 94.5, Burlington-Edison placed fourth with 70 points and Squalicum finished fifth with a score of 64.
Four Sehome boys powered the Mariners to their team win with event titles.
Sprinter Daniel Ziegler set a new meet record with an 11.06 in the 100, Trevor Northrop won the 800 with a 2:00.84, Kirby Overman won the 3,200 with a 9:44.9 and Blaise Black vaulted his way to a championship by clearing a height of 15 feet.
Northrop was chasing his own meet record of 1:57.28, which he set last season.
“My game plan was to go out and lead and lead the whole time, basically,” Northrop said. “I knew it was doable based on times everyone has been running. I just went out hard, and I was well-prepared for the day.”
Sehome thrower Alia Jones was the Mariners’ only event winner, but Sehome dominated the meet with numerous top-five finishes.
Jones won the discus with a throw of 111-05. Sarah Dolese, Kendra Thomas, Kate Rose, Bridget Henry, Dana Ringler, Abby Johnson, Katrina Dank, Chanelle Eddy and Jessa Clark each earned at least one top-five finish.
Besides Porter’s three medals, a few others walked away from Civic Stadium with multiple titles.
Meridian thrower Kaleb Heezen won championships in both the shot put and javelin. He made a throw of 167-02 in the javelin and sent his shot 48-09.25.
Lynden’s Trent Postma also won twice. He ran a leg in the Lions’ 4x400 wining relay team and added a title in the 400 with a run of 51.34 that he hopes will attract the eyes of football recruiters.
“Well it doesn’t mean anything for me in track, because I don’t plan on going anywhere for track, but for football it feels good because I’m getting faster and stronger and where I need to be.”
Several Whatcom County athletes also set new personal standards, including Squalicum hurdler Allie Kohr, whose 100-meter hurdle finish of 15.22 elevated her to the state’s second best time in Class 2A and the fifth fastest in all classifications.
“It’s fantastic,” Kohr said. “It felt so fast, and it was a PR, which is great. We’ve been doing some nice workouts in practice. I don’t know what got into me at the middle of the race, but I just thought, “Win and go,” and it worked.”
Squalicum boys’ hurdler Hunter Hanlon helped give the Storm a short-hurdle sweep with a winning time of 15:56 in the 110 hurdles. Team-event sweeps were common during the meet.
Lynden swept the 400 with Jasmyne Neria joining Postma as champions, while McKenzie Roque’s 5:22.9 and Colin Magnusson’s 4:31.2 helped Meridian win both 1,600-meter runs.
“I went out with a goal to start out conservative and then kick the last two laps,” said Roque, who won by nearly 7 seconds. “I felt good, so I went faster at the end.”
In all, three new meet records were set Friday.
Lynden thrower Shelby Jacob won the javelin, and her toss of 121-08 was 3 feet farther than the old best mark.
And Squalicum pole vaulter Kirsten Webber already this season cleared the 13-foot mark with a vault of 13-1, setting a new state all-classifications record, but teammate Madi Krussow became the latest member to join the 13-foot club.
“It’s an amazing height,” Krussow said. “I don’t even know how to explain it. It’s nice to have each other there. Both of us do really well on the same meets, because we are there to push each other.
Both Krussow a Webber cleared 13 feet, but Krussow took first on least attempts. The old meet record was 12-3, which Webber cleared last spring.
Other county winners on the girls’ side were Baker’s Chynna Phan in the 800 (2:19.73), Lynden’s Alexa Shindruk in the 3,200 (11:31.4), and LC’s 4x400 relay team (4:07.29) represented one of four Lyncs’ event titles. Lynden Christian high jumper Madison Weg won clearing a height of 5-02.00, Hannah Rusnak won the long jump (17-09.50) and Morgan Van Kooten won the shot put (39-10.00).
Other boys’ winners were Lynden’s 4x400 relay team and Bellingham’s Tristan Hurley in the triple jump (42-02.50).
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Boys’ resultsNWC ChampionshipsAt Civic StadiumTeam scores: Sehome 129, Burlington-Edison 100, Sedro-Woolley 80.5, Bellingham 68.5, Meridian 63, Lynden 55.5, Ferndale 47, Blaine 35, Squalicum 32, Anacortes 17, Mount Baker 16, Lynden Christian 11, Nooksack Valley 8.5100: Daniel Ziegler (Sehome) 11.06; 200: Rudy Mataya (Burlington-Edison) 22.65; 400: Trent Postma (Lynden) 51.34; 800: Trevor Northrop (Sehome) 2:00.84; 1,600: Colin Magnusson (Meridian) 4:31.2; 3,200: Kirby Overman (Sehome) 9:44.9; 110 hurdles: Hunter Hanlon (Squalicum) 15:56; 300 hurdles: Brandon Grandy (Burlington-Edison) 39.84; 4x100 relay: Sedro-Woolley (Braden Blouin, Jay Burger, Mason Elms, Tanner Newton) 44.43; 4x400 relay: Lynden (Jordon Thompson, Bryce Sterk, Thomas Swineford, Trent Postma) 3:31.81; High jump: Nick Faber (Lynden) 5-10.00; Long jump: Rudy Mataya (Burlington-Edison) 22-05.75; Triple jump: Tristan Hurley (Bellingham) 42-02.50; Shot put: Kaleb Heezen (Meridian) 48-09.25; Discus: Brennan Hamidou (Burlington-Edison) 158-00; Javelin: Kaleb Heezen (Meridian) 167-02; Pole vault: Blaise Black (Sehome) 15-00.00.
Girls’ resultsNWC ChampionshipsAt Civic StadiumTeam scores: Sehome 143.5, Lynden Christian 97, Bellingham 94.5, Burlington-Edison 70, Squalicum 64, Lynden 52, Meridian 48, Blaine 39, Mount Baker 34, Anacortes 24, Sedro-Woolley 14, Ferndale 12, Nooksack Valley 10 100: Alyssa Porter (Bellingham) 12.22; 200: Alyssa Porter (Bellingham) 25.90; 400: Jasmyne Neria (Lynden) 59.58; 800: Chynna Phan (Mount Baker) 2:19.73; 1,600: McKenzie Roque (Meridian) 5:22.9; 3,200: Alexa Shindruk (Lynden) 11:31.4; 100 hurdles: Allie Kohr (Squalicum) 15.22; 300 hurdles: Abby Dimock (Burlington-Edison) 47.57; 4x100 relay: Bellingham (Mary Dyrland, Alyssa Porter, Annie Waddell, Mia Hodges) 49.89; 4x400 relay: Lynden Christian (Brandy Bruneau, Brianna Bruneau, Madison Burke, Emily Systma) 4:07.29; High jump: Madison Weg (Lynden Christian) 5-02.00; Long jump: Hannah Rusnak (Lynden Christian) 17-09.50; Triple jump: Alana Handy (Burlington-Edison) 35-06.75; Shot put: Morgan Van Kooten (Lynden Christian) 39-10.00; Discus: Alia Jones (Sehome) 111-05; Javelin: Shelby Jacob (Lynden) 121-08; Pole vault: Madi Krussow (Squalicum) 13-00.00.