Coach: Layne Hutchins
Last year: Finished sixth at the Northwest Conference Championships with 52 points. ... Finished eighth at the Class 2A Bi-District Finals with 42 points. ... Finished 12th at the Class 2A State Championships with 17 points.
Returning state participants: Jasmyne Neria (so., 400, 4x100, 4x200, 4x400); Hailey DiLorenzo (jr., 4x100, 4x200, 4x400); Lauren Zwiers (so., 4x100, 4x200, 4x400);
Others to watch: Alexa Shindruk (sr., distance); Lily Bogart (fr., relays); Cassidee Barclay (jr., sprints/relays); Mya Sires (so., mid-distance); Lauren Roddy (jr., throws/jumps); Erin Fiebig (fr., throws/jumps)
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Outlook: Last year Lynden brought all three of its relay teams to the Class 2A State Championships and enjoyed success. The Lions return three of the four girls who ran on those teams, but this year there’s strong reason to believe the Lions could have more than relays at state. “I’m really excited,” Lynden coach Layne Hutchins said in a phone interview. “I think we have a foundation that could be really good. I look at it, and I think we could be solid all the way around.” Sophomore sprinter Jasmyne Neria, one of the Lions’ most exciting young stars, returns, and so does Lauren Zwiers and Hailey DiLorenzo, who all competed in the state relays. Lily Bogart, Cassidee Barclay and Mya Sires all have great speed and should contend for relay spots. Senior Alexa Shindruk gives the Lions a strong distance runner, and Lauren Roddy and Erin Fiebig help bolster Lynden’s throws and jumps for what could be a very solid girls’ team.