A leg injury kept one of Blaine’s fastest female runners from a competing in a key event at the Northwest Conference (NWC) track championships last Friday, though the girls’ team still finished strong with a fifth place finish and a personal best for another one of its star runners.
The boys team hardly slacked, either, garnering an eight place finish overall. Blaine track coach Mike Grambo said the conference championships, which includes every team in the NWC, always provides a challenge for the Borderites.
“It is overall a great competition,” Grambo said. “We have the toughest league in the state, so it is very competitive.”
The girl’s team lost star senior runner Cherish Morrison to a leg injury, but not before she was able to compete in and win the 100m sprint with a time of 12 minutes, 35 seconds. Morrison, however, was not able to compete in the 4x200m relay, which she usually anchors.
“There were some good parts [to the meet], but we had so many injuries before and during that it hurt us,” Grambo said.
Taking Morrison’s place in the anchor spot for the 4x200m relay was Kiersten Sigfusson, second only to Morrison in sprinting ability. With the help of teammates Olivia Adams, Olivia Olason and Kieya Villars, Sigfusson brought the 4x200m team to a second place finish with a time of 1:47.91.
Sigfusson dominated the 400m sprint, though, turning in a blistering 59.95 finish and becoming the only girl at the meet to run a sub-1-minute 400m time. Sigfusson also set a personal best for year with the mark.
“It felt pretty good,” Sigfusson said. “I came out strong. The last turn was a little scary, but I picked it up in the final straight.”
The Borderite boys had less personal accomplishments to brag about coming from the meet, but not for lack of trying. Injuries sidelined Borderites in key boys’ events, including the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.
Bright spots for the boys’ side included a second place finish in the shot put from Eddie Avena and a third place finish in the 3200m race from Eddie Fontes with a time of 9:51.3.
The Borderite track teams compete in two more regular season meets before the postseason starts the second week of May.
Blaine next hosts a track meet on Thursday, April 26, starting at 3:30 p.m.