High School Sports

Meridian impressive in South Whidbey

Meridian’s track teams showed well at the South Whidbey Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 20, at South Whidbey High School.

The Trojans’ boys finished first in the upper-division of runners on Saturday, led by third-place Collin Magnusson, who was the highest Whatcom County finisher. Meridian also had Derek Morrow, Derek Holz, Riley Hawkins Hecock and Levi Morrow as scoring runners.

“I definitely was proud the boys team,” Meridian coach Mike Holz said in a phone interview. “They had a strong showing today. They’re progressing going into the second half of the season. ... Collin was right with the top runners.”

Meridian’s girls didn’t fare quite as well as the boys but the Trojans still finished fifth, as Mimi Meggison finished fourth individually — the highest Whatcom County finisher.

“Our girls looked strong for the 1As,” Holz said. “I’m excited for our girls. I think we’ll be right there with Mount Baker at the end of the year.”

The top Whatcom County girls team was Mount Baker, whose five scoring runners included Natalie Smith, Katie Buss, Haley Rollins, Katherine Dunford and Kaitlyn Stapp.

“Mount Baker is going to be a strong team and they’ll be tough to beat,” Holz said.

Squalicum’s boys finished sixth as a team and were paced by Chais Sugden, who finished with a 17:41.77. Behind Sugden was Dylan Tomberlin, Ian Tomberlin, Curt Peila and Ethan Behee.

The Storm girls finished 10th as a team, led by Abby Koenig, Sophia Regimbal, Syndey Arndorfer, Hailey Linville and Jordan Sims.

Blaine, whose boys finished 12th, was led by Parker Morris and Hillary Kiele.

“Blaine looked strong,” Holz said. “Don’t count out Nooksack Valley. They have some strong young runners.”

Lynden got strong performances from Roscoe Perry and Kornelija Houston, as the Lions got a ninth-place finish on the boys’ side.

Nooksack Valley’s leaders were Zach Harvey and Amy Murphy and got a 10th-place team finish from the boys and ninth-place finish from the girls.

At South Whidbey

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Team scores: 1. Meridian 66, 2. South Whidbey 81, 3. Cascade-Leavenworth 87, 6. Squalicum 154, 8. Mount Baker 235, 9. Lynden 254, 10. Nooksack Valley 267; 12. Blaine 285.

Blaine: 1. Parker Morris 18:59.25; 2. Charlie Baldwin 19:34.86; 3. Tristan Stoto 21:10.18; 4. Spenser Dodge 21:38.30; 5. Samuel Welch 21:54.01.

Lynden: 1. Roscoe Perry 18:56.35; 2. Jacob Heeringa 19:24.40; 3. Cole Crabtree 20:04.94; 4. Keaton Hanson 20:54.79; 5. Luke Wolfisberg 21:17.88.

Meridian: 1. Collin Magnusson 16:19.16; 2. Derek Morrow 17:33.05; 3. Derek Holz 18:00.42; 4. Riley Hawkins-Hecock 18:36.97; 5. Levi Morrow 18:54.20.

Mount Baker: 1. Jesse Phan 18:17.57; 2. Mitchell Pelzer 19:38.20; 3. Keenan Gray 20:02.62; 4. Caleb Forbes 20:35.09; 5. Casey McHugh 20:45.68

Nooksack Valley: 1. Zach Harvey 18:59.64; 2. Jordan Hem 19:10.59; 3. Valentin Villalobos 20:24.17; 4. Tyler Weed 21:35.33; 5. Elijah Rohde 21:42.48.

Squalicum: 1. Chais Sugden 17:41.77; 2. Dylan Tomberlin 18:25.99; 3. Ian Tomberlin 18:47.14; 4. Curt Peila 20:03.13; 5. Ethan Behee 20:03.61

At South Whidbey

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Team scores: 1. Northwest 46, 2. Cascade-Leavenworth 89, 3. Edmonds-Woodway 113, 4. Mount Baker 121, 5. Meridian 136, 9. Nooksack Valley 202, 10. Squalicum 209

Blaine: 1. Hillary Kiele 20:58.40

Lynden: 1. Kornelija Houston 25:05.67

Meridian: 1. Mimi Meggison 20:18.13; 2. Dena Andrushenko 22:01.38; 3. Tiana Pratt 22:36.37; 4. Ashlee Vandentop 23:31.18; 5. Madison Holz 24:43.95.

Mount Baker: 1. Natalie Smith 21:40.33; 2. Katie Buss 22:14.68; 3. Haley Rollins 22:24.30; 4. Katherine Dunford 23:15.41; 5. Kaitlyn Stapp 23:26.13

Nooksack Valley: 1. Amy Murphy 20:38.46; 2. Jessice Jose 23:37.97; 3. Annike Rauch 23:44.49; 4. Pearl Morris 23:46.26; 5. Alyce Harlan 28:20.06.

Squalicum: 1. Abby Koenig 22:41.88; 2. Sophia Regimbal 23:27.39; 3. Sydney Arndorfer 23:55.24; 4. Hailey Linville 23:56.39; 5. Jordan Sims 24:38.06

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