The Lynden Christian girls’ 4x100 relay team consisting of Brianna Bruneau, Madison Weg, Brandy Bruneau and Hannah Rusnak broke the Class 1A meet record with the top time in preliminaries at the Class 1A State Championships Friday, May 30, at Eastern Washington University.
The team ran a state-best time of 49.44 seconds. The previous record was 49.58, set in 2008 by Chewelah High School.
“It was a total surprise to us,” Lynden Christian coach Kent De Hoog said in a phone interview. “We didn’t know we were quite that fast. The girls are doing phenomenal and hopefully we have the energy to finish it up.”
Madison Weg placed fourth in the high jump final with a mark of 5 feet, 2 inches. Two inches shy of the state champion.
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“It was a great field of high jumpers,” De Hoog said. “She did well to place that high.”
The Lyncs’ 4x400 relay team consisting of Sara Dougan, Weg, Brianna and Brandy also finished fifth in preliminaries.
Rusnak also won the state championship in the long jump and finished second in the 100 preliminaries to go along with anchoring the 4x100 team’s state-record time for Lynden Christian.
Mount Baker’s Jesse Phan finished with a top-time of 2:00.44 in the 800 preliminaries. Natalie Smith finished third in the 800 preliminaries (2:22.55).
Meridian’s Collin Magnusson placed fifth in the 1,600 final with a time of 4:29.49. Nick Miller finished second in the 400 preliminaries with a time of 50.68 and third in the 200 (22.77). Marcus McGuinn finished in seventh in the 110 hurdles preliminaries on a time of 15.66.
The Trojans’ girls’ 4x400 relay team consisting of Payton Lunde, Katelyne Zucati, Mackenzie Cox and Janessa Murphy finished second in the preliminaries after a time of 4:08.56. The 4x200 team of Lunde, Zucati, Emily Brackinreed and Murphy ran a third-best time of 1:46.83 in the preliminaries.
Murphy also finished second in the 400 preliminaries on a time of 58.86 and in the discus, Trojan Chris Poortinga placed third in the final with a throw of 127-03. Sam Tanner placed third in the high jump on a mark of 14-00.
In the Class 1B State Championships, Lummi’s Free Borsey placed seventh in the javelin on a mark of 136-09. Trazil Lane finished fourth in the 200 preliminaries (22.94), Enrique Medina finished fifth in the 400 preliminaries (53.41) and sixth in the 800 preliminaries (2:09.66).
The Class 1B and 1A State Championships will continue at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, May 30, at Eastern Washington University.