Coach: Collin Buckley
Last year: Finished 13th at the Northwest Conference Championships with 8.5 points. ... Finished 19th at the Class 1A Tri-District Finals with 2.5 points. ... Did not record Class 1A State Championships points.
Returning state participants: None
Others to watch: Connor Beard (jr., sprints/jumps), Aaron Bosscher (jr., hurdles/jumps); Tre Silva (fr., jumps); Conner Jones (jr., distance); Colton Kautz (so., throws); Lathan Halaapiapi (sr., throws/hurdles); Jordan Hem (sr., middle-distance);
Outlook: New Nooksack Valley coach Collin Buckley takes over the Pioneers’ program, and he’s eager to work with what he believes is a well-rounded group. Nooksack Valley’s numbers aren’t astounding, but the group has strong blend of upperclassmen and younger athletes. “In the boys’ group we have a couple seniors that have been here the whole time,” Buckley said in a phone interview. We have good juniors in Connor Beard and Aaron Bosscher. Those two boys, you should see a lot of them in all the relays.” The Pioneers don’t have any state returners, but Beard, a sprinter and jumper, and Bosscher, a hurdler and jumper, are both very gifted athletes. Other upperclassmen include senior middle-distance runner Jordan Hem and junior distance runner Conner Jones. Senior Lathan Halaapiapi will spend time competing in throwing events, but Buckley said he has the right type of power to be a successful hurdler. A younger athlete to watch could be freshman Tre Silva, who has shown a lot of promise in the jumps. “In general, there is a really great attitude among the boys,” Buckley said. “They have raised the expectations that we have for them.”