Track and field athletes show early promise

Published on Wed, Apr 2, 2014 by Ian Ferguson

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The Blaine track and field teams traveled to Anacortes March 27 and fared well against their 1A opponents from Lynden Christian and 2A athletes from Anacortes, despite missing several athletes who had left early for spring break.

The boys team tallied six first-place results out of 17 events while the girls earned three first-place finishes in 18 events. Several Blaine athletes put forth personal-best performances.

“Our team has a lot of good things going for it,” coach Cary Bacon said. “It’s early in the season, but we’ve done well at our 
meets considering how young we are.” Of 49 athletes on the boys and girls teams, only three are seniors.

Josiah Westbrook was a standout for the boys at the meet. He tallied first-place finishes in the 100m, 200m and as part of the 4x100m relay. Westbrook ran his personal bests in the 100m and 200m: 11.39 seconds and 23.4 seconds respectively. Those times are the fastest of the season so far in the Northwest Conference, and Westbrook’s 100m time is currently the fastest in 1A District 1.

“That’s quite an accomplishment,” Bacon said. “We knew he’d have some speed, and he’s having a great start to the season. The hope is that he and everyone else stay healthy through the whole season.”

Jon Fakkema won the boys discus with a throw of 136'8" – a personal best for the Blaine junior. Gage Lott tied for first in the boys pole vault, clearing 10 feet, while Steven Crafts won the long jump with a personal-best leap of 20'3".

“That was a really good jump,” Bacon said of Crafts’ winning long jump. “When you get in the 20s, that’s a competitive distance in 1A and even sometimes in 2A.”

The Blaine runners on the winning 4x100m relay were Westbrook, Crafts, Layton Hagee and Alfonso Dermendziev. They won the event with a time of 46.1 seconds.

On the girls side, Hillary Kiele achieved her second fastest time in the 800m to win the event in 2:30.26. Kieya Villars won the 300m hurdles with a time of 51.34 seconds – also the second-fastest time in her high school career so far.

Lauren Kordas, Caitlin Hickey and MacKenna Magner all tied with two other opponents for first place in the pole vault. All five athletes cleared 7'.

Elle Moore continues to do well in girls throwing events. The junior placed second in both the shot put and discus, with throws of 30'2.5" and 93' respectively.

The track and field teams have three practices over spring break this week, and will return to action this Saturday, April 5 at Civic Field in Bellingham for the Birger Solberg invite. 

Teams from Canada and the Seattle area round out a field of local teams that will offer a challenging test for Blaine athletes, Bacon said.

“It’s a competitive meet, so it will be a good barometer for how we’re stacking up,” Bacon said.

The Birger Solberg invite is one of several meets at Civic Field in the coming weeks. The Borderites will compete at the venue again on Wednesday, April 9 against Squalicum and Ferndale. “That’s fine with me - it’s a great venue,” Bacon said. 

The meet this Saturday begins at 10 a.m.