High School Sports

Lynden Christian Lyncs girls’ cross country preview

Coach: Darren Postma

Last year: Finished sixth at the Northwest Conference Championships. Placed sixth at the Class 1A tri-district meet. Placed eighth at the Class 1A State Championships.

Returning state participants: Sarah Ball (jr.); Julia Morris (sr.); McKenzie Young (sr.); Brooke Berendsen (so.)

Others to watch: Brianna Rutgers (sr.); Brandy Bruneau (jr.); Brianna Bruneau (jr.); Ashley Lingbloom (fr.); Taylor Ten Pas (so.)

Outlook: Not only is Postma’s Lynden Christian girls’ cross country team a deep group this fall, the coach beleives consistent depth lies throughout the team. “We have fast runners, and then there is a good pack of girls all finishing within 45 seconds of each other,” Postma said in a phone interview. “We have a good mix of youth and experience.” The Lyncs return Ball, Morris, Young and Berendsen from last season’s state team, and Postma is excited for several others who could be strong contributors. Track and field standouts Brandy and Brianna Bruneau have come out to run, and Rutgers and Ten Pas are two others to watch. “I think they are fairly solid,” Postma said of his team. “It’s hard to tell as far as everything in cross country is so subjective with different courses and the different conditions. It’s hard to put a definitive title on the team, but it is a very solid group.”