Cross country teams break new ground


Blaine cross country teams broke new ground at the Northwest Conference meet on October 23 at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, with runners across the board hitting personal best times.

The top boys were: Malachi Crump, 61st out of 114 in 17 minutes, 56.07 seconds; Jack Cheatham, 80th in 18 minutes, 29.56 seconds; and Landen Carlton, 84th in 18 minutes, 34.41 seconds.

In the girl’s race, Taylee McCormick placed 27th out of 93 in 20 minutes, 34.24 seconds and Claar French placed 56th in 22 minutes, 43.82 seconds.

All Blaine’s top finishers had personal best times, and Crump broke the 18-minute mark for the first time.

“I’d like to say it’s the training paying off,” said Blaine head coach Gabe Bolton. “I have the training set so that they should be PRing at this time of year, because this is when they need it.”

McCormick’s finish puts her on pace to qualify for the state meet. She’s the Blaine runner with the best chance at making state. She needs to finish 28th or better at the District Championship this weekend to qualify, and she’s currently ranked 24th in the district.

“If she runs like she did at the championship, she’ll go,” Bolton said. 

Next, Blaine’s varsity cross country teams travel to South Whidbey High School for the Northwest District Championships at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 2.


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