The track meet at Blaine March 14 was unusual because it involved only two schools – Blaine and Burlington-Edison – as opposed to the usual three to five. The weather however was frustratingly typical for Northwest spring – 50 degrees and raining like mad.
Blaine lost to Burlington-Edison in both the boys and girls competitions. Boys lost 90-54, while girls lost 104-46.
“We’re a young team,” Blaine coach Cary Bacon said. “The weather was not ideal, but it affected both teams equally.”
In girls track, Kieya Villars won the 300m hurdles for Blaine in 48.97 seconds. Hillary Kiele and Hannah Kean took second and third in the 800m, with times of 2:38 and 2:51 respectively. Rachel McKinstry took third in the 100m hurdles with a time of 19.34 seconds. Alejandra Campos, MacKenna Magner, McKinstry and Villars won the 4x100m relay with a time of 56.23 seconds.
The Burlington-Edison girls swept the top three spots in the 100, 200, 400, 1600 and 3200m events.
Blaine fared better in girls throwing events. Malie Laolagi won the 4 kg shot put with a distance of 31' 5.75", and Emily Winston earned second with a distance of 26' 11.5". Laolagi also won the discus with a distance of 82' 10" and the javelin with a distance of 87' 7". Elle Moore earned second in the javelin and third in the discus, while Madi Dettmar earned second in the discus.
In boys track, Blaine was outrun in the 100m. Izaya Taylor placed third in the 200m with a time of 26.08 seconds. In the 400m, Tracy Booth came in second in 57.07 seconds and Oliver Jackson came in third with a time of 58.97.
Eddie Fontes won the 800m in 2:05.05 and the 1600m in 4:49 flat. Parker Morris won the 3200m in 11:34.30
Scott Fortune placed second in the 300m hurdles with a time of 46.54 seconds.
In the 4x400m relay, Blaine boys Booth, Fontes, Taylor and Jackson won with a time of 3:50 flat.
James Fakkema won both the 12 lb. shot put and the javelin toss. He threw the shot put 41' 2" and the javelin 135' 9". Jon Fakkema placed second in the discus with a distance of 113' 9".
Steven Crafts placed second in the high jump and long jump, while Gordie Kordas won the pole vault.
The rain inhibited Kordas’ grip, and he used his jacket in a vain attempt to keep the grip dry.
“I’ve used my jacket and every other piece of clothing I have,” he said. “It’s not working too well – they’re all soaked through.”
Despite the rain, Kordas was able to clear 12' for the win.
On March 20 boys and girls track teams competed at Nooksack Valley against Meridian and Nooksack Valley. Scores were unavailable at press time. Their next meet is Friday, March 22 at Lynden.