Morrison and Mattson lead Blaine at Northwest Conference

Published on Wed, Apr 14, 2010 by Jerry Huls

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This wasn’t just a duel track meet. This time the competition was from all classifications and from around the state. But the results of the Birger Solberg Invitational, April 11 at Civic Field in Bellingham left Blaine’s Mike Grambo with two assurances.

The Borderites still have room for improvements on both the boys and girls side and he still has formidable teams going into the second half of the season.

The boy’s team found the going rougher than they have in the Northwest Conference (NWC) where they hold a 6-0 conference record.

Tucker Morgan finished second in the javelin, while Caleb Statham could do no better than fourth in the 100m sprint against Archbishop Murphy’s James Guy. But the highlight of the meet for Blaine was Brett Mattson, who won the boy’s pole vault with a 2A state best vault of 14-1.

The win puts Mattson on pace to challenge for a state title this season.

Two-time state girls pole vault champion Robin Taylor was cruising through her event leading into the final round with a vault of 10-6. Squalicum senior Cheyenna Pinley stunned Taylor, however, by clearing 11-0 for the first time in her career.

The vault places Pinley in a tie with four others in all classifications for the best vault. Taylor did take home a first place finish with the 4x200m relay with Rachel McKinstry, Kiersten Sigfusson and Cherish Morrison.

Morrison ran her blistering record to 59-1, winning the 100m, 200m and the 400m sprints. Her time of 12.61 was .15 off her state best time of 12.46.

Times were off across the board as runners noted that the Civic Field track seemed slow.

This was compounded by numerous timing problems at the finish that plagued the meet to the point of having to rerun two boy’s heats.

The Blaine girls finished third behind 3A Stanwood and NWC rival Sehome, who swept the girls high jump.