Blaine athletes from top left: Olivia Moore, Olivia Olason, Kiersten Sigfusson and Lindsay Freeman. The girls placed third in the 4x200m relay on Friday, April 22. Photo by Jeremy Schwartz
Both the girls and boys Borderite track and field teams showed marked improvement at the Northwest Conference Championships at a sunny Civic Field, Friday, April 22.
Many of the attendants were disappointed that Blaine sprinter Cherish Morrison was held out of the event.
Blaine head track and field coach Mike Grambo has decided to hold Morrison out until the Shelton Invitational on April 30. She will also miss a double dual meet at Nooksack on April 28.
Still, despite her absence, the girl’s team was well represented.
Stepping into Morrison’s spot, Kiersten Sigfusson got a second place finish in the 400m sprint with a time of 59.13. She finished third in a close 200m race with a time of 26.81.
The girls 4x200m relay team still finished a strong third despite Morrison’s absence, as Lindsey Freeman joined Sigfusson, Olivia Moore and Olivia Olason.
The ongoing rivalry with Squalicum’s Gina Flint continued for ever-improving Penina Laolagi, with Flint coming out on the winning end.
Flint won both the discus and the shot put, with Laolagi coming in second in both events with throws of 119-2 and 34-6, respectively.
For the boys, Ephraim Westbrook in the 200m and Brandon Becerra in the 400m both finished third in their sprint races.
Westbrook and Becerra were also part of the Borderites 4x400m relay team,with Brad Whitley and Isaiah Jackson, that took third place with a time of 43.93.
In the pole vault, Brett Mattson had to settle for second after failing to match the 14-0 jump of Lynden’s Gibb Dallas.
Mattson has cleared 14 feet before, and both Dallas and Mattson are expected to represent the Northwest conference at the state tournament this year.