Postseason around the corner for local track teams
ARLINGTON — The Lynden boys track team took fifth place (126 points) out of 14 scoring schools at Saturday’s Lakewood Invitational. The Lynden girls finished sixth (102.64) out of 15 teams in the season’s final large invite before the postseason begins.
The lone winner on the day for the Lynden boys was senior Aaron Weidenaar in high jump (6-02). Sophomore Elijah Lyons took second in triple jump (40-04), senior Nick Kildall earned silver in the 800-meter run (2:00.22), junior Tate Hutchins crossed the line in second place in the 3200m (9:51.73, new personal record) and sophomore Isaiah Ellis managed third in the 1600m (4:30.09, PR).
Both Weidenaar and Hutchins are looking to return to the 2A state track meet this season — Weidenaar took sixth place in high jump and Hutchins was sixth in the 800m in 2017.
Sophomore Steven DiLorenzo finished in fifth place in the 100m (11.57) and Lyons set a new personal-best time in the 400m (53.63), taking seventh. Lynden (Max Blankers, Dillon DeJong, Grant Heeringa, Ben Ricci) took third in the 4x800m relay (10:54.56). The Lions (DiLorenzo, Ellis, Lyons, Kildall) also managed fifth in the 4x400m relay (3:43.14).
For the lady Lions, victory came in the 4x400m relay as freshman Mercy Berkmeyer, sophomore Savonne Sterk, senior Sierra Smith and junior Amanda Mata won the race in a time of 4:07.66. Lynden also took third in both the 4x100m relay (freshman Jenna Smith, Sierra Smith, freshman Breanna Clausen, Mata; 52.68) and the 4x200m relay (Jenna Smith, Sierra Smith, Berkmeyer, Mata).
Mata also finished in third place in the 400m, setting a personal record (1:00.79), Berkmeyer took sixth and also earned a PR (1:03.56) and freshman Sara Jones was seventh (1:03.68, PR). Jenna Smith finished sixth in the 200m (27.31, PR), freshman Hailie Holestine was fourth in javelin (103-08, PR) and senior Riley Sells took fourth in the pole vault competition (9-00) for the Lions.
Lynden concludes the regular season today at home against Blaine and Lakewood at 4 p.m. The Lions then head to the Class 2A Sub-District North meet at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, which runs over three days May 9-11. That meet qualifies athletes for the 2A District meet at Lakewood, with spots in the 2A state meet on the line, on May 16-18.
The 2A state championships are set for Mount Tahoma High School on May 24-26.
The Lynden Christian track team concludes the regular season at home against Mount Baker and Anacortes today at 4 p.m. Meridian hosts Squalicum and Burlington-Edison today and Nooksack Valley heads to Sedro-Woolley, with both meets starting at 3:30 p.m.
The four local Class 1A track teams will be at the District meet at Sultan High School on May 10-12, which qualifies individuals for the bi-district championships at King’s High School on May 17-19. The 1A state meet is set for May 24-26 at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.