Blaine athletes break school track records at NWC meet

Published on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 by Ian Ferguson

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A school record that had stood for decades was bested and another record was tied at the Northwest Conference Championships at Civic Field in Bellingham, where the Blaine track and field teams fared well compared to the other 1A teams at the meet.

Steven Crafts leapt 21 feet, 4.5 inches in the long jump event at the April 25 meet – good enough to beat the previous Blaine High School record set in 1964.

“It’s been my goal for the whole season to beat that record, so it felt pretty good,” Crafts said. “I have the rest of the season 
and my senior year to set a new record and make it as hard to beat as possible.”

Hillary Kiele tied the school record of 2:24 for the 800. Like Crafts, Kiele has been chasing that record all season, head coach Cary Bacon said.

“Both of them have been vocal about trying to break those records this year,” Bacon said. “Conditions were great at the meet and it’s the time of the season when kids start to step up and all their hard work starts to pay off.”

Crafts and Kiele join Olivia Adams as school record holders on the current track team; Adams set a school record for the pole vault when she cleared 11 feet 9 inches in March.

Both the boys and girls teams placed eighth out of 13 teams at the conference championships, with the boys scoring 35 points and the girls scoring 39. The only 1A school that had a better day was Meridian, which posted scores of 63 for boys and 48 for girls.

Several Blaine athletes posted top-three finishes. On the girls’ side, Kiele’s 2:24 time in the 800 earned her second place. Alejandra Campos placed third in the high jump clearing five feet, and Adams cleared 11 feet in the pole vault to place third.

For the boys, Josiah Westbrook ran the 400 in 52.68 seconds to earn second place. He also placed third in the 100 with a personal record time of 11.35 seconds. Crafts’ record-setting long jump earned him second place.

Bacon said the last three weeks before the post season are an exciting part of the season when many athletes move up in the ranks as the previous weeks of training come into play and they hit their stride.

The Borderites will compete against Sehome, Lynden Christian and Squalicum this Thursday, May 8 at Civic Stadium in Bellingham. The meet begins at 3:30 p.m.