Borderites take third, sixth at NWC championship

Published on Thu, Apr 29, 2010
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It was a new look for the Blaine girl’s track lineup that appeared at the inaugural Northwest Conference Track and Field Championships at Civic Field in Bellingham April 24, but results seemed familiar.

Behind sprinter Cherish Morrison, Blaine again won four titles, but this time they added the 4x100 relay to their list of accomplishments.

To prepare for the upcoming Oregon relays, coach Mike Grambo teamed Morrison with Rachel McKinstry, Robin Taylor and Kiersten Sigfusson to win the event in 50.47, the second best time in 2A just behind Sehome.

The girls 4x200 squad got a shake up in its lineup as Olivia Moore joined the defending state champion team, replacing Taylor.

With Moore running the second leg, Blaine won the title, posting a time of 1:45.60, the best time in 2A. Morrison handily won the 100m and 200m races and Sigfusson who is emerging as a surprisingly strong sprinter won the 400m with a personal best 58.92, second only to Morrison in the 2A ranks.

Taylor won a second title in the pole vault, getting a measure of revenge from her loss at the Birger Solberg Invitational, edging rival Cheyenna Pinley with a jump of 11-3.

Also making a strong impression was Penina Laolagi who will be joining the Blaine contingent in Oregon with third place finishes in the shot put and discus. The girls finished third place.

On the boy’s side, the results were a little more subdued, the biggest surprise being the upset of Brett Mattson, the 2A state leader in pole vault, who finished second behind Tyler Buss of Mount Baker who jumped 13-6.

The Blaine 4x400 relay team finished a surprising second behind Burlington-Edison.

Brad Whitley, Caleb Statham, Ephraim Westbrook and David Krieg finished with a time of 3:33.05, their best of the year and eighth best in 2A.

Blaine has dual meets on Wednesday, April 28 before going to Eugene for the prestigious Oregon Relays Friday, April 30.