High School Sports

PREP BOYS’ TRACK AND FIELD PREVIEW: Bellingham Red Raiders

Coach: Bill McClement

Last year: Finished fourth at the Northwest Conference Championships with 68.5 points. ... Finished third at the Class 2A Bi-District Finals with 69 points. ... Finished 16th at the Class 2A State Championships with 14 points.

Returning state participants: Isaiah White (sr., 100, 4x100); Benjamin Doucette (jr., 110 hurdles); Kalien Hayes (sr., 4x100);

Others to watch: Tanner Aliff (sr., hurdles); Kieran Lewis (sr., jumps/sprints); Payton Porter (jr., sprints); Jakob Chamberlin (jr., throws); Addi Wolfson (jr., sprints/hurdles); Nicholas Leishman (so., mid-distance); Kyle Hofstetter (jr., sprints/jumps); Trent Helming (jr., throws); Cade Brown (fr., mid-distance); Cole Allain (so., sprints)

Outlook: Bellingham brings a pretty well-rounded group into the new season, and coach Bill McClement said all the kids are responding very well to what the coaches have been teaching. It should help the club peak at the right time, and the coaches certainly have some impressive athletes to work with. Returning from last year’s state meet are senior sprinters Isaiah White and Kalien Hayes. Junior hurdler Benjamin Doucette took third last year in the 110s, and he could be poised for another strong season. “Our hurdlers are looking pretty strong after the first meet,” McClement said in a phone interview. “Tanner Aliff and (Benjamin) Doucette are focused on what they are doing.” Underclassmen Nicholas Leishman and Cade Brown highlight the team’s middle-distance crew, and Trent Helming and Jakob Chamberlin will be ones to watch in the throws. Payton Porter and Kieran Lewis should be key sprinters.

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