Less than a week til track is back and it is time to preview the runners and who to watch for this season. I had the privilege of running against these guys the last couple of years and they're not only good runners, but even better people.
You already know them:
Tate Hutchins, Lynden
Tate Hutchins competing at the 2017 NWC Championships. Photo taken by Nick Elges.
After an outstanding cross season finishing fifth at the 2A state meet, Tate Hutchins looks to carry over momentum onto the track this spring and make a case for the 800 and 1600. Last track season, Hutchins qualified for the state track meet in the 800 and finished 6th place with a time of 1:56.98, a personal best. Hutchins was also a leg on the 4x4 relay team that finished 4th at state. His best race, along with his 800 at state, include a 5th place in the 1600 at the 2A Bi-district meet in a time of 4:26.68. If anybody can complete the double to get to state, it is this kid.
Reed Smith, Sehome
Reed Smith (1459) competes in a cross meet last fall. Photo taken by Sehome Cross Country.
After a sophomore track season that didn't quite go to plan, Reed Smith made some big improvements this last fall finishing 3rd at the 2A state cross meet in 15:52. As Sehome's number 1 runner last fall, Smith looks to cruise this track season in hopes of medaling at the state track meet in the 800 or the 1600. His best marks his sophomore year were times of 2:05 and 4:32, both PR's for him. Don't be surprised if Smith runs a sub 2 minute in the 800 and anywhere between 4:25-4:30 in the 1600.
Kenny Barnes, Meridian
Kenny Barnes (324) leads Lynden Christian's Eric Steiger (313) at the State meet in Pasco last fall. Photo taken by Karen Mullen.
An impressive 6th place finish at the 1A state cross meet last fall brought some attention to Meridian's Kenny Barnes. With a personal best time of 16:02, Barnes is more than capable of competing for 1A state title in 3200 in his final season. As a junior in track, Barnes best marks in the 1600 and 3200 were 4:40 and 10:03, a big improvement from his sophomore campaign. Along with a strong supporting cast to train with, Barnes is in good hands to make his senior season his best yet.
Eric Steiger, Lynden Christian
800, 1600, 3200