When Bellingham’s Jakob Chamberlin began his prep track and field career, he never envisioned he’d be performing the way he has during the Class 2A District Meet.
The Red Raiders junior thrower two days ago won a discus title with a massive near 7-foot PR, throwing 170 feet, 1 inch, giving him the top throw in Class 2A by 13 1/2 feet.
During the meet’s second day Friday, May 22, at Civic Stadium, Chamberlin made himself a double winner by claiming a javelin title.
“It’s been a really big couple of days,” Chamberlin said before pausing. “They’ve been kind of surreal. When I was a freshman I didn’t think I’d be getting to these distances I’ve been throwing. That was my season goal, 170, and I definitely want our school record at state next week.”
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Chamberlin’s 161-8 winning throw in the javelin wasn’t quite a PR, but the win was impressive given he was seeded fourth among the 16 entrants.
“It means a lot to me,” said Chamberlin of earning the two district titles. “It means a lot to my coaches. District champ wasn’t as important to me as throwing far, though. Standing here is a very good feeling, a very humbling feeling.”
The Bellingham thrower’s work helped the Red Raiders’ boys team finish fifth overall with 68.6 points, but Sehome again showed why its not only a force within the district but could be a team title contender during next week’s Class 2A State Championships at Mount Tahoma High School.
The Mariners’ girls won a district championship with 109.33 points, getting a multiple-event win from thrower Chanelle Eddy (shot put, discus), a win from distance star Emily Pittis (1,600), a 4x400 relay win and countless athletes who finished within the top four state-qualifying spots.
Shorecrest placed second with 93 points, Burlington-Edison (88) was third, Bellingham (71) finished fourth and Lakewood (62.66) rounded out the top five.
The Sehome boys just missed out on a team title, finishing second to Lakewood with 90.6 points. The Cougars recorded 95. Lynden finished in third with 78.6, Sedro-Woolley (69) placed fourth and Bellingham finished fifth.
Like Chamberlin, Eddy’s district meet provided a massive breakthrough in the discus.
The Sehome thrower set a new personal best last week during the 2A sub-district meet with a 117-7 throw, and after two initial disappointing throws Friday, Eddy let one fly 124-10. The mark not only won her the event, it set a new PR by more than 7 feet and stands as the second best throw this season in all of Class 2A.
“(Blaine thrower) Elle (Moore) hit her 120, and that motivated me to try and give it my all for my last (throw) in prelims, and I got the 124” said Eddy, who mentioned she set a new school record in the bench press two weeks ago. “It was really nice. I’ve been working for that.”
The Sehome boys’ throwers were as impressive as Eddy, especially Drew Norvell, who set a new PR in the shot out with a 57-3.50 put. The mark easily won him a district title and stands as the best mark in Class 2A this spring.
On the track, junior runner Riley Allsop won a title in the 800 in what was a close race with Sedro-Woolley’s Thor Wagoner.
Allsop had built a big lead with 100 meters to go, but Wagoner methodically trimmed the gap in the final meters of the race. But Allsop hang on for a winning time of 1 minute, 58.48 seconds.
“I started out a little conservatively, kind of got boxed out at the start,” Allsop said. “Then around 300-400 meters I started to move up and kind of after the 400, I kind of started to pass a bunch of people and just went for it.”
Bellingham didn’t have a dominant team performance Friday, but several Red Raiders scored wins with impressive races.
Hurdler Benjamin Doucette won the 110s with a 14.65, and finishing right behind was teammate Tanner Aliff. On the girls’ side Mia Hodges won a thrilling 400-meter race with a 58.17, which was a new personal best. Hodges just barely edged out Lynden standout Jasmyne Neria. The Red Raiders’ girls also won the 4x100 relay.
Blaine generated a ton of excitement when Hillary Kiele, seeded sixth in the 800, finished second with a new personal record of 2:18.97 to snag a state berth. Kiele’s previous best was a 2:21.15, and after the race a group of her teammates picked her up and began chanting “state, state, state.”
“I got a PR, and I broke a school record again, so that was exciting,” Kiele said. “I was very determined. I knew that Anacortes girl was very competitive. ... She really pushed me in the second lap, and really the second lap is what I’ve been needing to work on, and she really got me there.”
Other notable district performances belonged to Squalicum’s Josh Vail, who won the triple jump with a mark of 43-9, a new PR, Lynden’s Alexa Shindruk, who won the 3,200 with a 11:11.85 and the Sehome girls’ 4x4 relay team, which broke 4 minutes with a 3:59.24.
Class 2A District Meet
At Civic Stadium
Lakewood 95, Sehome 90.6, Lynden 78.6, Sedro-Woolley 69, Bellingham 68.6, Archbishop Murphy 50, Cedarcrest 42.6, Anacortes 35, Burlington-Edison 35, Squalicum 32, Granite Falls 27, Blaine 23.6, Shorecrest 16
100: Josh Dickey (Sedro-Woolley) 11.18; 4. Isaiah White (Bellingham) 11:39; 200: Isaac Westlund (Archbishop Muprhy) 22.45; 400: Isaac Westlund (Archbishop Murphy) 48.97; 2. Trent Postma (Lynden) 50.54; 800: Riley Allsop (Sehome) 1:58.48; 4. Colton Johnsen (Sehome) 1:59.46; 1,600: Dylan Holland (Anacortes) 4:20.95; 2. Colton Johnsen (Sehome) 4:22.15; 3,200: Dyland Holland (Anacortes) 9:25.53; 110 hurdles: Benjamin Doucette (Bellingham) 14.65; 2. Tanner Aliff (Bellingham) 15.42; 300 hurdles: Kelson Brewer (Lakewood) 40.44; 2. Jordan Thompson (Lynden) 40.61; 3. Bryce Sterk (Lynden) 41.41; 4x100: Archbishop Murphy 42:94; 2. Bellingham 43.13; 4x400: Sedro-Woolley 3:24:28; 2. Lynden 3:24.45; 3. Sehome 3:27.33; 4. Squalicum 3:27.86; Shot put: Drew Norvell (Sehome) 57-03.50; 2. Austin Rosas (Sehome) 51-05.50; 3. Tyler Haggen (Sehome) 51-05.50; 4. Jon Fakkema (Blaine) 50-01.75 Discus: Jakob Chamberlin (Bellingham) 170-01; 2. Drew Norvell (Sehome) 153-08; 3. Tyler Haggen (Sehome) 144-06; 4. Ben Malquist (Sehome) 144-04 Javelin: Jakob Chamberlin (Bellingham) 161-08; High jump: Ryley Repenn (Granite Falls) 5-11; 3. Nick Faber (Lynden) 5-10; 4. Aaron Weidenaar (Lynden) 5-08; Pole vault: Alex Gehringer (Blaine) 13-06; 3. Gage Lott (Blaine) 13-06; 4. Justin Ho (Squalicum) 13-0 Long jump: Josh Dickey (Sedro-Woolley) 21-06.75; 4. Grant Scarlett (Lynden) 21-05.75; Triple jump: Josh Vail (Squalicum) 43-09; 2. Grant Scarlett (Lynden) 43-01.50; 4. Coleman Schwab (Squalicum) 41-11.50.
Class 2A District Meet
At Civic Stadium
Sehome 109.33, Shorecrest 93, Burlington-Edison 88, Bellingham 71, Lakewood 62.66, Squalicum 62, Blaine 47, Lynden 38, Anacortes 28, Cedarcrest 24, Granite Falls 18, Archbishop Murphy 11, Sedro-Woolley 10
100: Wurrie Njadoe (Shorecrest) 12.49; 2. Hannah Bradley (Bellingham) 12.81; 4. Jessica DeVere (Squalicum) 12.94 200: Wurrie Njadoe (Shorecrest) 25.19; 2. Kim Hazlett (Squalicum) 25.85; 4. Hannah Bradley (Bellingham) 26.40 400: Mia Hodges (Bellingham) 58.17; 2. Jasmyne Neria (Lynden) 58.21 800: Heather Hanson (Anacortes) 2:21.90; 2. Hillary Kiele (Blaine) 2:18.97 1,600: Emily Pittis (Sehome) 5:10.68; 3. Abby Johnson (Sehome) 5:15.62; 4. Alexa Shindruk (Lynden) 5:17.82; 3,200: Alexa Shindruk (Lynden) 11:11.85; 2. Emily Pittis (Sehome) 11:16.71; 3. Abby Johnson (Sehome) 11:29.87; 4. Quincy Gale (Bellingham) 11:36.93; 100 hurdles: Sophia Viviano (Shorecrest) 15.83; 2. Annie Waddell (Bellingham) 15.99; 300 hurdles: Abby Dimock (BE) 46.71; 2. Katrina Dank (Sehome) 47.05 4x100: Bellingham 49.37; 2. Squalicum 49.84; 3. Sehome 50.46; 4. Lynden 50.48 4x200: Bellingham 1:43:91; 2. Lynden 1:44.74; 3. Sehome 1:45.08; 4x400: Sehome 3:59:24; 2. Lynden 4:00.81; 3. Bellingham 4:01.86; Shot put: Chanelle Eddy (Sehome) 38-07; 3. Elle Moore (Blaine) 33-07.75; Discus: Chanelle Eddy (Sehome) 124-10; 2. Elle Moore (Blaine) 120-02 Javelin: Katherine Taylor (Shorecrest) 126-0; High jump: Wurrie Njadoe (Shorecrest) 5-04; 2. Bridget Henry (Sehome) 5-02; 3. Taylor V’Dovec (Blaine) 5-02; Pole vault: Kirsten Webber (Squalicum) 13-0; 2. Olivia Adams (Blaine) 11-06; 3. Chloe Roth (Bellingham) 9-03; Erin Eiswald (Sehome) 9-03; Long jump: Wurrie Njadoe (Shorecrest) 19-00.75; 4. Meleri Cummins (Sehome) 16-02.75 Triple jump: Alana Handy (Burlington-Edison) 36-05; 2. Lauren Kurtz (Squalicum) 34-09; 3. Meleri Cummins (Sehome) 34-04.25; 4. Jessa Clark (Sehome) 34-03.75.