Squalicum runner Grace Oswin, trying to qualify for state, found herself in the unenviable position of last one out a year ago during the 800-meter race at the 2A District Meet.
With another season to improve, Oswin has her sights set on a state berth this time. And if Friday’s performance during the Class 2A Sub-District Meet is any indication of what’s to come, Oswin is well on her way to achieving that goal.
She ran a personal-best time of 2 minutes, 20.55 seconds, coming from second position with 200 meters left to handily earning a win on Day 2 of the sub-district meet at Civic Stadium.
“Coming around the second lap I knew I needed to go faster if I wanted to get my set time and my goal for today,” Oswin said. “So around the backstretch I started kicking early because I knew I needed to make up lost time. I was happy with my performance today.”
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Perhaps the meet’s most impressive result came from Bellingham thrower Jakob Chamberlin, who moved further up the national rankings in the discus with a throw of 193 feet, 4 inches, which now ranks the senior 15th in the country.
He added a win in the shot put Wednesday but was not the only Red Raider earning multiple wins. That honor went to hurdling standout Benjamin Doucette.
Doucette won the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.41, ran a winning leg in Bellingham’s 4x100 relay and it turns out he’s pretty good in the 200, adding a win in the event with a 22.53.
“Two weeks ago kind of for the heck of it I ended up running (the 200),” Doucette explained. “There was some confusion on the time, but originally it said 21.97, which was a school record and No. 1 in the state at that time. Something happened with the time, so it’s hard to say what it really was.”
Regardless, Doucette solidified himself as a serious contender in the 200 and has added that to his postseason slate, giving the soon-to-be University of Idaho product another opportunity to add points for Bellingham in the coming weeks.
Bellingham’s boys won a team title, narrowing edging out Sehome and Lynden with 137 points. Sehome had 136, and Lynden placed third with 134. The Mariners won a girls’ title with 142 points, while Burlington-Edison and Anacortes placed second and third, respectively.
Lynden girls’ sprinter Lauren Zwires finished off a strong sub-district meet with wins in all four of her events. She won a title in the 100 meters with a time of 12.96 and helped the Lions sweep the 4x1, 4x2 and 4x4 relays.
Bellingham freshman Annika Reiss swept the girls’ distance races, winning the 1,600 meters Wednesday before adding a 3,200-meter win Friday with a time of 11:27.48.
The Lynden boys’ jumpers also had a big day. Grant Scarlett and Brandon Swarthout went one-two in the long jump and triple jump, with Scarlett winning the long jump (21-1 1/4) and Swarthout winning the triple jump (44-9).
Class 2A Sub-District Meet
At Civic Stadium
100: Christian Payne (Lynden) 11.25; 200: Benjamin Doucette (Bellingham) 22.45; 400: Trey Meyer (Burlington-Edison) 52.28; 800: Thor Wagoner (Sedro-Woolley) 1:57.56; 1,600: Colton Johnsen (Sehome) 4:18.33; 3,200: Dylan Holland (Anacortes) 9:25.23; 110 hurdles: Benjamin Doucette (Bellingham) 14.41; 300 hurdles: Billy Hornbeck (Sedro-Woolley) 39.62; 4x100: Bellingham (Cole Allain, Benjamin Doucette, Kyle Hofstetter, Payton Porter) 43:28; 4x400: Lynden (Jacob Heeringa, Grant Scarlett, Tate Hutchins, Brandon Swarthout) 3:26:46; Shot put: Jakob Chamberlin (Bellingham) 49-10; Discus: Jakob Chamberlin (Bellingham) 193-4; Javelin: Nicholas Oesterling (Bellingham) 170-4; High jump: Nick Faber (Lynden) 6-5; Pole vault: Austin Cartwright (Sedro-Woolley) 14-0; Long jump: Grant Scarlett (Lynden) 21-1.25; Triple jump: Brandon Swarthout (Lynden) 44-9.
Class 2A Sub-District Meet
At Civic Stadium
100: Lauren Zwires (Lynden) 12.96; 200: Audra Johnson (Squalicum) 26.98; 400: Jasmyne Neria (Lynden) 59.57; 800: Grace Oswin (Squalicum) 2:22.31; 1,600: Annika Reiss (Bellingham) 5:17.33; 3,200: Winners name (School) x:xx.xx; 100 hurdles: Katrina Dank (Sehome) 16.53; 300 hurdles: Abby Dimock (Burlington-Edison) 46.64; 4x100: Lynden (Emily Holt, Sierra Smith, Cassidee Barclay, Lauren Zwires) 50:71; 4x200: Lynden (Lauren Zwires, Sierra Smith, Cassidee Barclay, Jasmyne Neria) 1:45:47; 4x400: Lynden (Lauren Zwires, Sierra Smith, Cassidee Barclay, Jasmyne Neria) 4:03:28; Shot put: Jaden Shadle (Burlington-Edison) 35-9; Discus: Jaden Shadle (Burlington-Edison) 121-5; Javelin: Natalie Millman (Squalicum) 115-9; High jump: Halley Geist (Anacortes) 5-2; Pole vault: Chloe Roth (Bellingham) 10-6; Long jump: Megan Wilburg (Burlington-Edison) 17-4; Triple jump: Megan Wilburg (Burlington-Edison) 35-7.