Coach: Kent DeHoog
Last year: Finished second at the Northwest Conference Championships with 97 points. ... Finished second at the Class 1A Tri-District Finals with 85 points. ... Finished third at the Class 1A State Championships with 51 points.
Returning state participants: Brianna Bruneau (jr., 4x100, 4x400), Brandy Bruneau (jr., 4x100, 4x400), Madison Weg (sr., 4x100, 4x400, high jump), Hannah Rusnak (so., 100, 4x100, 100 hurdles*, long jump), Sarah Ball (jr., 3,200), Morgan Van Kooten (sr., shot put*)
Others to watch: Daphnee Manderson (sr., throws); Sara Dougan (sr., middle distance); Makayla Lancaster (sr., middle distance/pole vault); Madison Wiese (sr., hurdler)
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Outlook: Lynden Christian may be small in numbers, but its loaded with talented athletes. The Lyncs are coming off a year in which they took third at state and missed out on second by one point. By all indications, LC could very well be a contender again this spring. “We have a lot kids coming back, especially on the running (side),” Lynden Christian coach Kent DeHoog said in a phone interview. “Hopefully that will be really competitive.” LC’s one big blow is losing last year’s 1A shot put champion, Morgan Van Kooten, who will not be competing after suffering a knee injury during volleyball. But the Lyncs should be able to overcome the loss. Last year’s freshman sensation, Hannah Rusnak, returns after winning a state title in the 100 hurdles and taking second in the long jump. Junior relay standouts Brianna Bruneau and Brandy Bruneau are back, as is fellow relay star and high jumper, Madison Weg. Junior Sarah Ball will turn in some strong times in the distance races, and if that wasn’t enough, the Lyncs have brought in others including basketball talents Sara Dougan and Makayla Lancaster.