Blaine cross country coach Carey Bacon is doing things a bit unconventionally this year, opting to take just two boys and two girls to the Northwest Conference 2A District meet this Saturday, Oct. 29 at South Whidbey High School.
Bacon said he is focusing on his runners with a legitimate shot at placing in the upcoming meet, as there is a large disparity among the team’s talent levels. So who are the chosen few?
“I’m looking for good things from Tom [Bradley], Bacon said. “he is setting up well for state.”
Bradley recently finished second behind Patrick Gibson of Squalicum at the Northwest Conference meet on Thursday, Oct. 20, clocking in at 15:44.11, a new personal best and a promising indicator of good things to come.
The other Borderites’ male runner competing at this weekend’s district meet is Eddie Fontes, who finished in 13th place with a time of 16:25.91 at last Thursday’s meet.
“The top 15 go [to state], and [Fontes] is right there in between 10 and 15 someplace,” Bacon said. “[The bracket] is pretty fluid, too, so it could be always changing around.”
Kiersten Sigfusson and Hillary Kiele are heading up the girls’ half of the Borderites’ foursome.
“Kiersten is going to make a run at this,” Bacon said. “Right now it doesn’t look like she will qualify, but she is always running well at this speed, so I’m not gonna count her out until she doesn’t make it…Last year she came from behind to qualify, so it wouldn’t be the first time the she has made a run like that.”
Kiele is emerging as a young standout among the Borderites, especially considering her freshman status.
“I just want her to have the experience, go through with it and feel good about it in the future,” Bacon said.
Blaine fans can root the Borderites to victory this Saturday, Oct. 29, at South Whidbey High School. Boys’ competition begins at 1:30 p.m., and girls start at 11:30 a.m.