Meridian's boys' track and field team is moving on five athletes, that span seven events, to the state tournament after a strong day at the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament on Saturday, May 24, at Woolsey Stadium in Shoreline. Among the five athletes, Kaleb Heezen and Collin Magnusson were multiple-event qualifiers.
Heezen qualified in the shot put, discus and javelin, while Collin Magnusson qualified in the 1,600 and 3,200.
"With the boys it was more heartbreak than anything," Meridian coach Patrick Ames said in a phone interview. "Spencer Blackburn had two sixth-place finishes three weeks after foot surgery. He came so close and was not able to make it."
Only the top five move on.
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Blaine's Josiah Westbrook led the Borderites by qualiying in the 100, 200 and 400. Blaine also qualified Adam McShane in the shot put, Jon Fakkema in the discus, Gage Lott in the pole vault and Steven Crafts in the long jump.
Mount Baker will move on four athletes — Jesse Phan (800), Shelby Miles (3,200), Travis Lindsey (110 hurdles) and Izaiha Scwinden (300 hurdles) — and its 4x400 relay team to state.
Lynden Christian qualified just one on the boys' side in Cody Spoelstra (discus).
Nooksack Valley was the lowest-finishing boys' team from Whatcom County and didn't qualify anyone to state.
The 1A State Championships will take place on Friday, May 30, at Eastern Washington University.
Team scores: King's 127, Eatonville 93.5, Meridian 84, Blaine 46, Charles Wright Academy 44.5, South Whidbey 38, Cedar Park Christian 37, Northwest 31, Seattle Academy 31, Mount Baker 29, Bellevue Christian 28, Port Townsend 23, Friday Harbor 12.5, Lynden Christian 11, Vashon Island 8, Life Christian Academy 5, Cascade Christian 3, Chimacum 3, Nooksack Valley 2.5, Seattle Christian 2, Coupeville 1.
100: 1. Josiah Westbrook (Blaine) 11.28; 200: 4. Josiah Westbrook (Blaine) 23.12; 400: 3. Josiah Westbrook (Blaine) 51.07; 800: 2. Jesse Phan (Mount Baker) 2:00.84; 1,600: 3. Collin Magnusson (Meridian) 4:29.13; 3,200: 2. Collin Magnusson (Meridian) 9:57.32, 5. Shelby Miles (Mount Baker) 10:10.56; 110 hurdles: 3. Marcus McGuinn (Meridian) 16.06, 5. Travis Lindsey (Mount Baker) 16.43; 300 hurdles: 4. Izaiha Schwinden (Mount Baker) 42.3; 4x400 relay: 3. Mount Baker (Travis Lindsey, Ishmael Villaluz, Izaiha Schwinden, Jesse Phan) 3:31.04; Shot put: 2. Kaleb Heezen (Meridian) 49-10.25, 5. Adam McShane (Blaine) 48-03; Discus: 3. Cody Spoelstra (Lynden Christian) 146-08, 4. Jon Fakkema (Blaine) 130-03, 5. Kaleb Heezen (Meridian) 130-02; Javelin: 1. Kaleb Heezen (Meridian) 180-05; Pole vault: 1. Connor Aamot (Meridian) 13-09, 2. Sam Tanner (Meridian) 13-00, 4. Gage Lott (Blaine) 12-00; Long jump: 1. Steven Crafts (Blaine) 21-04.5.