Track season coming to a close
by Jack Kintner
Rhyan Lopez anchored Blaine�s 400-meter relay team to a second place finish last Friday at the North Cascades Track and Field championships, pressing past Lakewood�s anchorman in the last two steps of the race to finish .06 seconds ahead of him and .8 seconds off the pace set by South Whidbey.
Blaine�s boys and girls track teams added two more second place finishes and five thirds in qualifying 16 for the district meet Friday in Sultan. The top three finishers in each event will then go on to the state meet at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, May 29-31.
The Blaine boys team finished fifth of nine schools at the meet which saw Mount Baker, last year�s state champs, do no better than third behind Meridian and winner South Whidbey. The girls team, young and building this season, finished seventh. Running events were dominated by Meridian�s distance ace Kira Harrison, defending state 1,600 meter champion, who broke two meet records and a school record. She�s already signed up by U of W for next year.
Blaine track team members going to the district meet in Sultan, and their event, include:
Boys: Geoff Faulkner (long jump, high jump), Sam Abrams (110 H), Rhyan Lopez (100 H), Danny Le, Bayartsengel Khishighori (300 H), Kit Schumann, Brian McCall (pole vault), Geoff Faulkner, Danny Le, Brian McCall and Rhyan Lopez (400 & 1600 meter relay).
Girls: Jessica Summers (discus), Mollie Menard (triple jump), Kimberly Harmening and Erin Lippie (pole vault), Andrea Harmening (javelin), Shela Robertson, Carly Hubbard, Amanda Johansen and Akilah Price (800 meter relay).
Rain moving north into the Skagit Valley meant moving the sub-district tournament from Mt. Vernon to Semiahmoo last week, but despite the near home court advantage, none of the Blaine players were able to make it past South Whidbey�s formidable defending state championship team.
�Jessica Freeman and Linsey Taylor came close,� said coach Patrick Green of his No. 1 doubles team, �and actually both our first and second doubles teams played their best match of the year.� Blaine�s second team is sophomore Jennifer Kramer and junior Krista Jones. Sophomore Rochelle Jackson is the No. 1 singles player and junior Andrea Klemt is No. 2. All but Taylor will return next year.
Blaine finished second in the league tournament and therefore will play in the southwest district tournament for a state berth this Thursday.
The young but aggressive team�s next stop is the North Cascades District Tournament on Saturday at Janicki Fields next to Sedro Woolley high school. Six teams - Blaine, Mt. Baker, South Whidbey, Nooksack, Meridian and Lynden Christian - play a double-elimination tournament and, when the dust clears, three will go on to the state tournament in Wenatchee May 30 and 31.
At South Whidbey last week, two girls and four boys qualified for the districts held earlier this week at Bellingham�s golf and country club. At Bellingham, senior Kevin Farmer birdied the first hole and carded a blistering 78 for a top- eight finish and a berth in the state golf tournament in Pasco on May 28 and 29.
On the girl�s side, freshman Tegan Bukowski missed the cut off for state by just four strokes after 36 holes, shooting a final round of 58/52 including two pars on the back nine.