High School Sports

Johnsen sets new meet record, advances to state

Sehome’s Colton Johnsen set a record in the men’s 1,600 meter on Wednesday, May 18, at the Class 2A Northwest District Preliminaries which qualified him for state.

Johnsen finished in 4 minutes, 15.95 seconds, which not only set a 2A Northwest Conference meet record, but is good enough for sixth place among all Washington high schools this year.

The top three in each final event advanced to the Class 2A State Championships on Thursday, May 26.

Whatcom County schools place well

Bellingham’s Annika Reiss ran a 5:07.54 in the 1,600, edging out Sehome’s Abby Johnson, who finished in 5:07.81. Sehome’s Ben Malquist finished first in the shot put with a throw on 50 feet, 10 inches. He beat out Bellingham’s Jakob Chamberlain, who threw a 49-6 1/2, and Squalicum’s Andrew Napier, who qualified for state with a throw of 49-1 1/2.

“It was a good day for local schools,” Sehome coach Kevin Ryan said. “It was a roller coaster at times, but I’m happy with the way the our kids performed.”

Other results

Lynden’s Aaron Weidenaar and Nick Faber qualified for state in the high jump with jumps of 6-2 and 5-10, respectively.

Sehome’s Mary Carbee advanced to state with a throw of 117-1 in the girls’ discus.

Lynden’s Brandon Swarthout and Grant Scarlett finished first and second, respectively, in the long jump. Swarthout had a jump of 21-7 1/4, while Scarlett jumped 21-7 1/4.