Ephraim Westbrook, c., competes in the 100-meter dash in last week’s track meet in Blaine. Photo by Jeremy Schwartz
High drama was the order of the day in two of the most anticipated races of the season as Blaine hosted Meridian and Sehome in a double dual meet Thursday, March 31.
The first came early and provided an astounding personal best performance from Blaine’s junior sprint phenom Cherish Morrison as Blaine faced off against its stiffest competition in the state, Sehome, and its 4x200m sprint team that finished in second behind the Borderites at the 2A state meet last year.
Sehome stormed to a 25-meter lead when Kiersten Sigfusson took the baton on the third leg. The long-striding junior made up five meters at the pass to her teammate Morrison.
In the dramatic final leg, Morrison blistered the track for a personal best split of 24.2, which is even better than her state championship time of 25.66, coming from behind to beat Sehome anchor Zoe Moller by 43 hundredths of second.
Running in the first race of the season where she was challenged, Morrison’s time was her first personal record of the season.
Morrison was also triumphant in the much-anticipated showdowns with Meridian’s Alicia Wolf, the 1A state champion, in the 100m and 200m sprints. Morrison won the 100m easily with a time of 12.72 and was victorious in the 200m with a time of 26.73.
A muscle strain in her right quadricep caused Morrison to be scratched from the 4x400m.
Blaine head track coach Mike Grambo confirmed that the injury was minor and Morrison would be ready for Blaine’s next meet. Sigfusson and Penina Laolagi did their best to take up the slack from Morrison’s scratch.
Sigfusson won the 400m run with a time of 1:01.68. Laolagi continued her strong season particularly in winning the discus with a season high throw of 113-4.5. She won the shot put with a toss of 34-6.
On the boy’s side, Ephraim Westbrook’s continued quest for the state tournament included a victory in the 100m with a very strong time of 11.37. Westbrook also won the 400m with a time of 53.23 and was part of Blaine’s victory in the 4x400m relay with Tom Bradley, Brad Whitley and Brandon Becerra.
“Right now his best chance to get to state is in the 100m and 200m, I feel he can make it to state in the 400m too if he continues to work hard,” Grambo said.
The Borderites next meet will the important Eason Invitational Saturday, April 16 in Snohomish.