Bellingham girls finish second overall for highest local team finish

ARLINGTON – Lynden’s Nathan Doering, Amanda Mata and Bellingham’s Annika Reiss each won two individual events to lead the way for local athletes at the 2A District I and II championships Friday at Lakewood High School.

Doering now owns both of Lynden boys hurdles records. He broke the school's 300-meter hurdles record with a first-place PR of 39.77. giving him the third-best mark in the state. The previous record was mark by Bryce Sterk (39.77) since 2014.

Doering also cruised to victory in the boys 110-meter hurdles (15.78), nearly half a second faster than the runner up. He already broke that record earlier in the year (15.46).

Doering, who’s ranked No. 10 in 2A state in the 110s, is making his third-straight state appearance in the event. He finished fourth at last year’s districts and was fourth to the first hurdle Friday before bursting ahead of everyone with about 30 meters to go.

“I didn’t start out well but I came on pretty well at the end,” Doering said. “I usually finish much better than I start. It’s more of my specialty. I don’t really have the quickness out of the start. I’m still working on that, hopefully to get ready for state prelims next week.”

Reiss easily outdistanced her competition in the girls 1600-meters (4:58.47), improving on her top 2A mark in the state. Her nearest competitor in the 2A state is seven seconds behind her. Reiss handedly won the two-mile, as well, winning by over eight seconds (11:21.97). She also ran first leg in the Red Raiders’ 4x400 team that placed third (4:08.80).

Amanda Mata

Lynden senior Amanda Mata won the girls 400-meter, the 4x400 relay and was second in both the 4x100 and 4x200 relays at the 2A district championships. (Eric Trent/Lynden Tribune)

Mata won the girls 400-meters in 58.35 to put her in No. 3 in the state, inching her closer to Jasmyne Neria’s school record of 57.45. Mata ran anchor in the Lions’ top-ranked 4x400 relay that won the district crown (4:04.34).

She also helped the 4x100 relay of Mata, Breanna Clausen, Mercey Berkmeyer and Jenna Smith take second (50.69). The 4x200 relay of Jenna Smith, Mercy Berkmeyer, Savonne Sterk and Mata also nabbed second with a PR of 1:46.20, good for eighth in the state.

“We are not stopping,” Mata said. “We’re going to keep pushing and clean up those handoffs because there was definitely a handoff where it slowed us. It’s a little unfortunate for us to [enter districts] first and come in second [in the 4x200], but we’re just going to keep striving.”

Mata, Sara Jones, Mercy Berkmeyer and Sterk are gunning for Lynden’s 4x400 record 4:00.17, set by Lauren Zwiers, Jasmyne Neria, Cassidee Barclay and Lily Bogart in 2015.

“We’re trying to get that record,” Mata said. “Four minutes flat.”

4x100 relay

Bellingham junior Jaden Stevenson and Lynden sophomore Jenna Smith battle down the homestretch of the girls 4x100 relay at the 2A state championships Friday. Bellingham won and Lynden placed second. (Eric Trent/Lynden Tribune)

Other champions included Sehome’s Lucas Cunningham in the boys 800 meter (1:57.84). He’s ranked No. 2 in the state. Sehome’s Cameron Hodges won the girls 800 meter in 2:18.90 that puts her at No. 6 in the state.

Lynden’s Emmy Kroontje placed second in the 800 meter while snapping Lynden's  school record with a PR of 2:20.66, good for seventh in the state. The previous record was 2:21.20, held by Amy Keiper since 2008.

Bellingham’s 4x100 relay of Aysa Crocker, Carmen Souza, Lily Koplowitz-Fleming and Jaden Stevenson took first in a time of 50.57. That mark puts them at No. 6 in the state.

Another notable performances were Timothy Moore breaking Lynden boys javelin record with a throw of 167-05 while placing third. The previous record was David Gaylord (16-10) in 2009.

Lynden sophomore Jenna Smith placed third in the girls 200-meter dash with a PR of 26.35, second fastest all-time in Lynden history.

Bellingham girls placed second overall (84) behind Burlington-Edison (108.5) for the highest team finish of Whatcom County squads. Lynden girls placed fourth (78); Sehome eighth (47.45); Blaine 11th (20).

Lynden boys were the top team finishers for the county, placing sixth (77.33). Burlington-Edison won with 99. Bellingham and Sehome tied at ninth with 20 points.

Ethan Johnson

Bellingham senior Ethan Johnson placed third in the boys 100-meter dash on Friday. (Eric Trent/Lynden Tribune)


Boys state qualifiers:

100 meter: Bellingham’s Ethan Johnson, third, 11.43.

800 meter: Sehome’s Lucas Cunningham, first, 1:57.84; Lynden’s Isaiah Ellis, third, 1:58.89.

1600 meter: Lynden’s Isaiah Ellis, fourth, 4:25.28.

3200 meter: Bellingham’s Caleb Schmotzer, fourth, 9:38.36 (PR).

110-meter hurdles: Lynden’s Nathan Doering, first, 15.78.

300-meter hurdles: Lynden’s Nathan Doering, first, 39.77 (PR).

Javelin: Lynden’s Timothy Moore, third, 167-05.

Pole vault: Lynden’s Grant Heeringa, tied for second, 12-00.

Triple jump: Lynden’s Grant VanderYacht, third, 41-06; Lynden’s Elijah Lyons, fourth, 40-11.75.

4x400 relay: Lynden (Elijah Lyons, Rafe Wolfisberg, Elijah Diacogiannis and Isaiah Ellis), fourth, 3:31.78.


Janie Wilson

Sehome's Janie Wilson finished third in the girls 100-meter hurdles on Friday. (Eric Trent/Lynden Tribune)

Girls state qualifiers:


100 meter: Bellingham’s Carmen Souza, second,12.78.

200 meter: Lynden’s Jenna Smith, third, 26.35 (PR).

400 meter: Lynden’s Amanda Mata, first, 58.35 (PR); Bellingham’s Carmen Souza, second, 59.42 (PR); Lynden’s Savonne Sterk, third, 1:00.13 (PR); Lynden’s Mercy Berkmeyer 1:00.57 (PR).

800 meter: Sehome’s Cameron Hodges, first, 2:18.90; Lynden’s Emmy Kroontje, second, 2:20.66 (PR); Bellingham’s Makenna Pittman, fourth, 2:22.08 (PR).

1600 meter: Bellingham’s Annika Reiss, first, 4:58.47; Bellingham’s Grace Much, fourth, 5:18.62.

3200 meter: Bellingham’s Annika Reiss, first, 11:21.97; Bellingham’s Grace Much, fourth, 11:35.86 (PR).

100-meter hurdles: Sehome’s Janie Wilson, third, 16.55; Lynden’s Taryn Allison, fourth, 16.60.

300-meter hurdles: Blaine’s Eleeshiyah Faulkner, second, 46.13 (PR).

4x100 relay: Bellingham (Aysa Crocker, Carmen Souza, Lily Koplowitz-Fleming, Jaden Stevenson), first, 50.57; Lynden (Breanna Clausen, Amanda Mata, Mercey Berkmeyer, Jenna Smith), second, 50.69; Sehome (Drew Wheeler, Janie Wilson, Raynee Coleman, Hannah Moore), 51.51.

4x200 relay: Lynden (Jenna Smith, Mercy Berkmeyer, Savonne Sterk, Amanda Mata), second, 1:46.20).

4x400 relay: Lynden (Sara Jones, Mercy Berkmeyer, Savonne Sterk, Amanda Mata), first, 4:04.34; Bellingham (Annika Reiss, Mazy Wright, Grace Much, Carmen Souza), third, 4:08.80.

Shot put: Sehome’s Dawson Rothenbuhler, second, 35-03.

Javelin: Blaine’s Brynn Halberg, fourth, 117-03 (PR).

Pole vault: Bellingham’s Ginger Mullins, third, 9-02.

Eric Trent covers sports for the Lynden Tribune.