High School Sports

Bellingham girls win 2A at Sunfair

The Bellingham girls’ cross country team topped Liberty, which was ranked No. 2 in the state going into the meet, and a field of about 80 teams on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Sunfair Invitiational at Franklin Park in Yakima. The girls took first in the 2A division, led by Quincy Gale’s second-place finish in the third flight.

Gale was followed by Leah Veldhuisen (19:56.02), Julia Latimer (20:26.30), Madeline Prentiss (20:46.99) and Lizzie Hanks (21:02.73). Ferndale had Katherin Chamblin (22:10.25), Jana Peterson (22:18.01), Laura Tkacsik (24:20.59) and Angie Van Beek (25:03.83).

“Every varsity girl made the podium in their respective flights,” Bellingham coach Bill McClement said in a phone interview. “It was a really good day. The kids were very intense, relaxed and they competed at a very high level.”

Ferndale’s Jillian Anderson was the only Whatcom County runner to run in the top flight. She finished 24th.

For the boys’ Ferndale’s Roberto Aguilera ran the three-mile course in 16 minutes, 16.04 seconds. Aguilera finished 21st in the boys’ first flight.

On the boys’ side, other strong runs for Whatcom County included Bellingham’s Cade Brown (16:52.16), Andrew Twedt (17:30.27) and Jackson Zerba (18:28.07) and Ferndale’s Arthur Rankin (18:19.24), Jacob Ramirez (18:26.11), Zach Sulak (18:43.33) and Kayle Widmer (18:52.51).

At Franklin Park

3 miles

Bellingham: 1. Cade Brown 16:52.16; 2. Andrew Twedt 17:30.27; 3. Jackson Zerba 18:28.07.

Ferndale: 1. Roberto Aguilera 16:16.04; 2. Arthur Rankin 18:19.24; 3. Jacob Ramirez 18:26.11; 4. Zach Sulak 18:43.33; 5. Kayle Widmer 18:52.51; 6. Matthew Steiber 18:54.95; 7. Cole Bergquist 19:10.34.

At Franklin Park

3 miles

Bellingham: 1. Quincy Gale 19:47.94; 2. Leah Veldhuisen 19:56.02; 3. Julia Latimer 20:26.30; 4. Madeline Prentiss 20:46.99; 5. Lizzie Hanks 21:02.73; 6. Abby Walker 21:22.19.

Ferndale: 1. Jillian Anderson 21:09.59; 2. Katherine Chamblin 22:10.25; 3. Jana Peterson 22:18.01; 4. Laura Tkacsik 24:20.59; 5. Angie Van Beek 25:03.83; 6. Kara Collins 25:13.09.

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