Borderites shine at Bedlington Invitational

Published on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 by By Jerry Huls

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In the stiffest competition they have faced this season, including the girls’ first opportunity to face the team that dethroned them as state champions, the Borderites won significant events at the Dick Bedlington Twilight Invitational at Lynden high school, Friday, March 26.

Leading the way for the girls was Cherish Morrison, who shook off what some would call an early season slump for someone who is undefeated this year.

Morrison put on her best performance of the year with a win in the 100m sprint in a time of 12.18. The time that broke her own record at the Bedlington is the state’s best time in 2A this year and is only .17 off of her personal best time of 12.01.

Morrison also helped the Blaine 4x200 relay team win, while setting the Bedlington record and establishing a 2A state best standard with a time of 1:47.44, with teammates Olivia Moore, Kiersten Sigfusson and Olivia Olason.

Morrison and Sigfusson placed 1-2 in both the 200m and 400m sprints. Sigfusson is the only runner in Whatcom County to have beaten Morrison in her high school career.

Penina Laolagi also just missed winning the discus, taking second with the state’s third best throw this year of 111-6.
Ephraim Westbrook continued his emergence as a sprinter, losing the 100m dash to Bellingham speedster Wes Sitser by .03 seconds with a time of 11.37. Westbrook won the 200m sprint with a time of 23.15, while placing third in the 400m with a time of 52.22.

Also noticeable on the boys side was the second consecutive win in the pole vault by senior Brett Mattson with a vault of 13-6.

Mattson seems completely healed from last year’s late season injury and seems to be making a strong assault on a state title run.

Photo by Jeremy Schwartz