Whatcom County Distance Runners Perform Well at Bedlington Invite

March 24, 2018, 1:04 P.M.

Lynden- What started off as a nice, sunny day in Whatcom County, turned into a cold, cloudy evening at Lynden High School for the annual Bedlington Twilight Invite where multiple local teams competed in front of a packed stadium.

Nooksack's Harlan Patiently Wins the 3200

It sure wasn't a fast race to start off, but that did not bother Nooksack's Alyce Harlan as she took home this year's 1st place in the 3200. Harlan started off with the lead pack for the first mile due to some high winds as she came through at 6:07, but then ran a negative 2nd mile split in 5:45 on her way to victory in 11:51.

Harlan said she listened to her coach to run this race smart.

"I had a pretty good race. My coach told me keep it pretty easy and relaxed for the first mile, and so I did that so I would have enough energy to run a negative split on my last mile."

In Harlan's eyes, it doesn't matter how fast her time was, it matters what place she got.

"It always good to win, no matter what I run. It helps me bring glory to God and represents my team well."

Squalicum's Salomon Upsets LC's DeWaard In Very Tight Mile, Sehome's Kirker Wins on the Girls Side

Lynden Christian's Brooks DeWaard looked for redemption from last year's 2nd place finish in the 1600 at this invite, but Squalicum's Jonah Salomon had other ideas.

In a massive personal best time of 4:36.17, Salomon upset the Lynden Christian senior coming from behind on the last lap to claim the win.

Salomon wasn't even planning on going for the win. He just wanted to run another P.R.

"My goal was to get as close to 4:40 as possible, but I am really happy with the time I got. My plan for the race was to pick off at least one person per lap, and it seemed to work out alright."

The plan certainly did work for the Squalicum senior as he ran 11 seconds faster then he did last week at Civic. But one thing he noticed that was different about this race than the one the week before had to do with the track.

"This might sound silly, but honestly the track looked really small." he said in a joking manner. "Psychologically, it kind of helped me perform at my best because the straightaways looked really small."

Sehome sophomore Rosie Kirker won the 1600 in 5:38.8 on the girls side beating Bellingham's Grace Much by 3 seconds.