Borderite opponents in girls track are well versed on Cherish Morrison and how tough she is to beat.
On a day when both the girls and the boys made definitive statements, handily defeating Meridian and Lynden Christian, the Blaine girls unleashed another weapon in their already deep, defending champion’s arsenal. Junior Cassidy Hill, absent last week, joined the cast of multi-event winners at Blaine’s home opener, March 24. Hill decisively won the 1600m run with a time of 5:54 and the 3200m run in 13:47. It was the first time in her high school career that she had been the top finisher.
But then, the Borderites were virtually unbeatable in track events, sweeping the sprints and the hurdles, stumbling only in the boy’s 800m and 1600m and in the girls 4x400.
Enigmatic sprinter, Cherish Morrison continued to extend her unblemished record to 44-0, winning the 100m, 200m, 400m and anchoring the 4x200.
Morrison’s time of 12.45 in the 100m, was nearly two tenths off of her time from the previous week. Olivia Moore added three more victories in the 100m hurdles, the long jump and the triple jump, extending her consecutive win streak to six.
Caleb Statham and Tucker Morgan racked up seven wins between them to lead the boy’s team. Statham won both the 100m and 200m dashes, as well as being part of both the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. Morgan won the long jump and the pole vault as well as joining Statham on the 4x100.
Other Blaine runners who finished first included A.J. Pieczynski in the 3200m run, David Craig in the 400m run, Rachel McKinstry in the 300m hurdles and Brittany Kent in the 800m run. Keirsten Sigfusson, Hope Wilkett and Robin Taylor joined McKinstry to win the girls’ 4x100.
Taylor, the state pole vault champion, won with a vault of 9-06, as well as winning the high jump. Another field event winner for Blaine was Penina Laolagi in the girls’ discus with a toss of 97.8 feet. For the boys, Brett Mattson won the pole vault with another 13-plus foot jump.
The LC boys defeated Meridian 85-47, while the Meridian girls salvaged a 76-51 win over the Lynx. The Blaine victories leave the Borderites undefeated and in first place in both boys and girls track going into the Bedlington Invitational in Lynden on March 26.
Morrison takes first loss to running mate Sigfusson
All was going according to plan for Blaine’s Cherish Morrison. She had already led the Borderite 4x200m relay to a state best time at the Bedlington Twilight Invitational meet in Lynden on March 26. She had already won the 100m and 200m sprints against strong competition.
But it wasn’t county rivals that tripped up the previously undefeated Morrison. Instead, fellow sophomore and 4x200 relay mate Kiersten Sigfusson ran a 59.7 to win the 400m and saddle her friend with her first career defeat. The loss to Sigfusson leaves Morrison with a 47-1 record overall.
Blaine boys and girls placed third overall in team competition at the Bedlington. Robin Taylor took third in the pole vault. For the boys, Brett Mattson continues to look strong winning the pole vault with a 13-foot effort.