Coach: Layne Hutchins
Last year: Finished sixth at the Northwest Conference Championships with 55.5 points. ... Finished 10th at the Class 2A Bi-District Finals with 30 points. ... Finished 27th at the Class 2A State Championships with nine points.
Returning state participants: Trent Postma (sr., 400, 4x400), Bryce Sterk (sr., 300 hurdles, 4x400, shot put); Jordan Thompson (sr., 4x400)
Others to watch: Clark Hazlett (sr., sprints); Nick Faber (jr., jumps); Grant Scarlett (jr., throws); Christian Payne (jr., sprints)
Outlook: While some of Lynden’s younger, unknown athletes begin to establish themselves in varsity events, they’ll certainly have the best leadership a fresh face could ask for. Seniors Trent Postma and Bryce Sterk highlight the Lions’ returners, and the duo again should compete for state medals. Sterk could be a serious contender in the 300 hurdles, and the Lions return three parts of their 4x400 state relay team that finished third last spring. Senior Jordan Thompson is the third piece to relay group. “We’ve got probably a bigger group than we have had in the past couple of years, so we have a lot to work with,” Lynden coach Layne Hutchins said in a phone interview. “We are excited we have strong senior leadership.” Another senior who could make an impact is newcomer Clark Hazlett, who is running sprints and could fill out the 4x400 relay team. Nick Faber gives the Lions quality in jumps, Grant Scarlett highlights the team’s throwing group and junior Christian Payne has opened some eyes with his sprint speed.