Brett Mattson was one of two Whatcom County boys to win an event at the Eason Invitational in Snohomish, April 17.
The meet hosted 60 different schools from all classifications with the state’s best performers in all events on display.
Mattson won the boys pole vault with a jump of 14-0, only one inch off his season high.
“Brett’s been getting better and better,” said Blaine track coach Mike Grambo, “he could win a title in the pole vault; however, that’s not our focus. We focus on getting better each week.”
While Mattson rolled to victory, normally prohibitive favorites Cherish Morrison and Robin Taylor each were upset in events in which they are defending champions.
Morrison brought a 59-1 record to the Eason Invitational but found herself running against one of the state’s fastest sprinters, 3A Franklin Pierce’s Germe Poston. Poston defeated Morrison in both the 100m (12.32) and the 200m (25.75).
Morrison was also stunned by Michelle Fero of 3A Holy Names Academy in Seattle, who ran 57.10 in the 400m, which was the state best in all classifications. Morrison’s times of 12.43 in the 100m and 57.64 were her best of the year and are the top times in 2A.
“Cherish did an outstanding job,” noted Grambo, “she was happy with her performances too.”
Meanwhile, two-time girls’ pole vault champion Robin Taylor found her nemesis closer to home.
Despite vaulting to a season best 11-0, Taylor was defeated for the second consecutive week by senior Cheyenna Pinley of Squalicum who jumped a 2A state best 11-3.
The girls 4x200 relay team was disqualified because of an errant baton toss allowing Sehome to win the relay.