Laurel - Some could argue yesterday's meet at Meridian High School had by far the best weather all year long as far as no rain, no wind, and it wasn't terribly cold. We all spoke to soon when the 3200 was starting as it began to drizzle a little, but none the less, multiple Whatcom County standouts were at their best once again.
Hutchins Doesn't Stop in 1600
Lynden's Tate Hutchins went out like a bullet once again in the boy's 1600 race as he crushed the field running winning in a personal best time of 4:24.
Hutchins came into the race with a 25 second separation between him and the 2nd place runner. Hutchins goal was to break the Lynden High School record of 4:21, but fell short of 3 seconds.
Hutchins first half of the race was in 2:10, on pace for a 4:20 1600, but then ran a 2:14 on his last half.
Teammate Carson VanCleve finished in 2nd for the Lions with a personal best of 5:03.46. Nico Johnson rounded up the top 3 running 5:08.78.
Nooksack's Harlan Wins 2 More 1600, 3200
Nooksack senior Alyce Harlan won both the 1600 and 3200 taking her season win total to 10 after running 5:46.3 and 12:45.25. Harlan wasn't at full strength as she was dealing with some sickness that has been going around the county.
Brooke DeBeeld of Nooksack placed 2nd behind her teammate running 5:49.6. in the 1600. Both DeBeeld and Harlan were running with other each for 3 laps before Harlan took full command of the race.
Meridian's Emily Schneider ran a season best time, 6:04.58 to finish in 3rd in the 1600, while Kayley Betancourt finished 2nd in the 3200 with a time of 13:27.46. Betancourt also ran a personal best time earlier in the 1600 in 6:10.27.
Lynden Sophomore Wins First Ever 800
Multiple personal best times were ran yesterday in the boy's 800 race, but none of them stood out more then Lynden's Isaiah Ellis winning time of 2:04.9, 11 seconds better then his previous best 800 time.
Ellis, who won last weeks Cheney Invite 1600, came into the race with no time and was not seen as an immediate factor of the race. As soon as the gun went off, the young sophomore blew away the field winning by 7 seconds.