Coach: Tyler Mitchell
Last year: Finished ninth at the Northwest Conference Championships with 34 points. ... Finished ninth at the Class 1A Tri-District Finals with 33 points. ... Finished 14th at the Class 1A State Championships with 19 points.
Returning state participants: Katherine Dunford (jr., pole vault)
Others to watch: Natalie Smith (jr., middle-distance); Marissa Scoville (sr., hurdles); Kaylee Schemstad (jr., throws)
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Outlook: The Mount Baker girls’ team is reeling a bit after the graduation of several talented seniors who’d been fixtures for the Mountaineers seemingly their entire career, but Mount Baker has certain events it could be strong in. “It’s a smaller group,” Mountaineers coach Tyler Mitchell said in a phone interview. “We have a lot of new faces, which is always fun. There is a lot of learning.” Junior pole vaulter Katherine Dunford gives Baker its only state returner. She took home an impressive fourth-place medal last spring and with Blaine’s Olivia Adams moving to 2A, and one of the higher placers graduating, Dunford could be a serious contender for a state title. Arguably Mount Baker’s most talented all-around athlete is junior middle-distance runner Natalie Smith. The standout wrestler should be a force in the 400, 800 or 1,600, and Mitchell is hoping she will be an integral piece to a relay team. Senior Marissa Scoville will be one to watch in the hurdles, and junior Kaylee Schemstad should anchor the team’s throwing group. The Mountaineers may have trouble filling out events with only 17 listed competitors on their roster.