Girls track readies for third run at title

Published on Wed, May 11, 2011 by Jerry Huls

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With the 2A sub-district meet coming up this week, Blaine’s girls track team seems poised to challenge last year’s 2A state champion and arch-rival, Sehome, as the season winds down.

The Borderities tuned up for post-season with a sweep of Mount Vernon and Ferndale, Wednesday, May 4, at Mount Vernon High School. The centerpiece of the Borderite effort will once again be eight-time state titlist, Cherish Morrison, who continues to rebound from a mid-season injury to become the favorite in the sprints this year.

Morrison won both the 100m and 400m runs and anchored Blaine’s victorious 4x200m and 4x400m relay teams with Kiersten Sigfusson, Olivia Moore and Olivia Olason.

Sigfusson has quietly become the piece that may lead to a state title. She won the 200m sprint and currently holds the third best times in the Northwest Conference in both the 200m and 400m dashes.

Running with Morrison, Blaine could have two sprinters on the medalist stands at the state meet. Blaine’s other girl who is expected to finish well at state is the ever-improving Penina Laolagi. She won both the shot put and discus.

The Blaine boys split at the meet, defeating Mount Vernon and losing to Ferndale.

Top finishers were the boys state title hopeful Brett Mattson, winning the pole vault with a leap of 13-6, Eddie Avena, winning the discus with a throw of 124-03, and Tom Bradley, winning the 3200m.

Most improved over the season, the boys 4x400m relay team of Ephraim Westbrook, Isaiah Jackson, Brandon Beccera and Brad Whitley.