Lynden, WA - The Meridian boys and the Bellingham girls prevailed in close scoring margins to win their meets at Lynden High School featuring Burlington-Edison and Lynden.
The Trojan boys beat Lynden by 7 points taking a 36-43 winning score. Meridian took the first through third spots with senior Nathan Schneider winning the 5k race in a time of 17:10. Teammates and fellow seniors Abbas Theophilus and Jaskaran Dhatt both ran 17:26 for the 2nd and 3rd placings.
Lynden senior Tate Hutchins was the Lions top runner finishing 4th with a time of 17:27. Junior Isaiah Ellis finished in 7th in 17:57.
Jensen Kintzele placed 6th running 17:56 as the top Bellingham kid. Burlington's Connor Nelson ran 18:25 and was the Tigers best finisher placing 8th.
The Bellingham girls beat out Burlington-Edison winning 33-41. Senior Annika Reiss won her 2nd race of the season by a margin of 1 minute running 18:52. Junior Livi Lackland Henry finished in 2nd for the Red Raiders in 19:55.
Burlington has a pair of freshman stars in the making as Mila Hoagland and Sage Mailhiot placed 3rd and 4th in times of 20:40 and 20:57. They were the Tigers top runners of the day.
Kendyl Otter of Meridian ran 21:47 for a 5th place finish and the top runner for the Trojans. Lynden's Frances Perry finished at the Lady Lions best finisher placing 12th in 24:10.
Meridian, Bellingham, and Lynden will be at South Whidbey for the Carl Westling Invite on Saturday for their next meet.
Boys - Meridian (36), Lynden (43), Burlington-Edison (62), Bellingham (78)
1. Nathan Schneider (17:10, Meridian), 2. Abbas Theophilus (10:26, Meridian), 3. Jaskaran Dhatt (17:26, Meridian), 4. Tate Hutchins (17:27, Lynden), 5. Jenson Ellars (17:53, Meridian), 6. Jensen Kintzele (17:56, Bellingham), 7. Isaiah Ellis (17:57, Lynden), 8. Connor Nelson (18:25, Burlington), 9. Rafe Wolfisberg (18:26, Lynden), 10. Hans Tamminga (18:35, Lynden)
Girls - Bellingham (33), Burlington-Edison (41), Meridian (54), Lynden (104)
1. Annika Reiss (18:52, Bellingham), 2. Livi Lackland Henry (19:55, Bellingham), 3. Mila Hoagland (20:40, Burlington), 4. Sage Mailhiot (20:57, Burlington), 5. Kendyl Otter (21:47, Meridian), 6. Rubi Stuit (22:26, Meridian), 7. Skye Saling (22:39, Bellingham), 8. Makenna Holz (22:49, Meridian), 9. Anika Schlimmer (23:09, Burlington), 10. Piper Brown (23:17, Bellingham)
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