Cherish Morrison returned from an injured quad muscle to lead the Borderite girls track team to a sweep of Mount Baker and Nooksack Valley at a Northwest Conference (NWC) meet at Nooksack Valley High School, Thursday, April 28.
Morrison won two individual events and ran anchor on Blaine's two victorious relay teams. After being off for nearly three weeks, the Blaine speedster shook off the dust by finishing the 100m in 12.91 seconds and the 200m in 25.89, far off her career highs, but more than enough to win. Penina Laolagi won both the shot put and the discus events for Blaine. Kate Cochran got to the winner’s podium, winning the pole vault.
On the boys’ side, Ephraim Westbrook won two sprints and anchored two winning relay teams as the boys also swept their meet. Eddie Avena won the shot put and discus while Brett Mattson won the pole vault. The victories by the Borderites left both the girls and boys teams at 5-3 in the NWC.
The victories at Nooksack were the perfect preparation for Blaine's participation in the prestigious Shelton Invitational at Shelton High School, involving 57 teams from all classifications.
Blaine's girls team finished fourth overall in the team competition. Leading the way once again was Morrison who picked up victories in the 100m and 200m sprints.
In the 100m race, Morrison ran a blistering 12.20, just .02 off her season best to beat out North Kitsap's Indigo Williams. Morrison handled Williams again in the 200m with a time of 25.80.
Blaine’s strongest achievement was in the 400m run where Morrison shared the first place podium with teammate Kiersten Sigfusson as both ran winning times of 57.82.
Sigfusson is the only person to beat Morrison in a race in the NWC, beating her in a 400m race last year. Blaine's 4x100m relay team of Morrison, Sigfusson, Olivia Olason and Olivia Moore finished seventh overall with a time of 50.89.
Also making a strong showing in Shelton was Laolagi, who continued to impress with a fourth place finish in the shot put with a toss of 36-00.5 feet. She finished ninth in the discus.
The Borderite boys finished the event 21st overall in team competition. Westbrook finished eighth in the 200m sprint and 10th in the 100m. Tom Bradley had a strong showing as the sophomore checked in with a sixth place finish in the mile run. The boys 4x100m relay team of Westbrook, Brad Whitley, Brandon Becerra and Isaiah Jackson were eighth in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3 minutes, 31.89 seconds. They tied for 13th place with Mount Si, in the 4x100m with a time of 45.19.
Mattson led the boys with a second place finish in the pole vault. His 14-00-foot jump was just behind NWC rival Gibb Dallas of Lynden who won the event with a vault of 14-09.