High School Sports

PREP GIRLS’ TRACK AND FIELD PREVIEW: Bellingham Red Raiders

Coach: Bill McClement

Last year: Finished third at the Northwest Conference Championships with 94.5 points. ... Finished second at the Class 2A Bi-District Finals with 104 points. ... Finished third at the Class 2A State Championships with 45 points.

Returning state participants: Mia Hodges (sr., 400, 4x100*, 4x200, 4x400); Annie Waddell (sr., 100 hurdles, 4x100*); Hannah Bradley (jr., 4x200); Emma Brice (sr., 4x400); Hattie North (sr., 4x400)

Others to watch: Anika Olson (so., sprints/jumps); Madeline Prentiss (so., sprints/hurdles); Abby Walker (sr., mid-distance); Lizzie Hanks (so., mid-distance); Quincy Gale (fr., mid-distance); Sierra Birade (so., sprints)

Outlook: Three years in a row the Bellingham girls’ track and field team has finished as one of the top four best teams in the state’s 2A classification. With another talented roster, the Red Raiders again should be a main player in 2A, but beyond the talented roster, coach Bill McClement and the coaching staff has been most impressed with how receptive their athletes have been. “The girls have had a lot of success, especially with (sprints) coach Dena Birade,” McClement said in a phone interview. “This entire group, both teams, are comprised of kids who are really receptive and eager to learn.” Most notable returners include Mia Hodges and Annie Waddell, who helped the team win a state title in the 4x100 last year. Hannah Bradley and seniors Emma Brice and Hattie North also return from Bellingham’s state relays. The Red Raiders also have strong hurdlers and nice depth in the middle-distance races.

*state champion

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