Updated: Mar 23, 2018
March 22, 2018, 8:28 A.M.
Bellingham- One of the toughest races to run under 5 minute mile pace twice is the 3200 ,but Bellingham's senior Cade Brown showed he is more than capable of completing that task.
Brown won yesterday's 3200 race at Civic Stadium in dominating fashion running a season best time of 9:39.06. For you math wizards, that is roughly around 4:50 mile pace for 2 miles. Brown's personal best time in this event is 9:21, which he ran last spring at the 2A Bi-District Meet.
Besides Brown's dominance in the 3200, it was his teammates who would prove to be very successful as him in last nights meet.
Just behind Brown in the 3200, 8 other Red Raider boys finished in top ten in the yesterdays race with senior's Timothy Crabtree (11:07, 2nd) and Ty Velhuisen (11:12, 4th) as the next best finishers for Bellingham. Sedro Woolley's Lachlan Boyd wrapped up the top 3 with a personal best time of 11:11.90.
Bellingham's Veldhuisen and Crabtree also ran very good 800 times going 1-2 in 2:06 and 2:11. Sophomore Evan Hildreth from Bellingham finished not to far behind his teammates taking the 3rd place spot running 2:13. Mount Baker's Peter Adams and Sedro Woolley's Bed Peden both ran 2:17, but it was Adams beating out Peden for the 4th place spot.
No Raider boy won the 1600 as Sedro's Rafe Holz ran a personal best 4:57, but Bellingham had 4 top 10 finishers with sophomore Caleb Schmotzer finishing second in 5:00.95. Baker freshman Nico Johnson shows more improvement this week as he ran another personal best time, 5:08, which is 5 seconds faster then his time from last week.
Just like the Red Raider boy's, the Raider girl's were just as dominate as the boys were.
Although the Bellingham girls were without top runner Annika Reiss again for the 2nd meet in a row, they showed us they are capable of being as successful without their best girl.
Bellingham Senior Grace Much went on to win the 800 in a season best time of 2:31.44. This would put Much 3 seconds behind her personal best time of 2:28 from last spring. Fellow teammate Kaelyn Devaney would go on to finish in 2nd behind Much with a personal best of 2:36. Baker's freshman Shay Knutson ran another personal best time and was the Mountaineers top finisher in 2:53.70.
Even though Grace Much was the only Bellingham girl to win a race last night, it was placing in the 1600 and 3200 that the Red Raider ladies would put themselves in the win column for team points.
Sedro's freshman Lauren Benham went on to win the 1600 in a personal best of 5:46.27. Bellingham had 5 girls in the top 10 in the 1600 race with senior Edie Brames finishing at the top spot on the team in 5:47.55. Other top finishers from Bellingham include senior's Zoe and Roise Thompson (3rd and 8th), freshman Skye Saling (4th), and sophomore Piper Brown (5th).
Leading the 3200 was Sedro's Sienna Smith winning the race in 13:11. Grace Much and junior Claire Campbell highlighted the Bellingham girl's in the 3200 going 2-3 in 13:43.6 and 13:43.8. 4 other Red Raiders finished along Much and Campbell in the top 10. They include senior Edie Brames (4th), Kaelyn Devaney (5th), Rosie Thompson (7th), and Piper Brown (8th).
All three schools will return to the track this Friday night at Lynden High School as they will compete in the annual Bedlington Twilight Invite at 3:30.