PREP SPORTS WRAP: TJ girls, Beamer boys end up third at SPSL X-Country Championships
By CASEY OLSON
Federal Way Mirror Sports editor
October 24, 2011 · Updated 1:55 PM
The fourth-ranked Thomas Jefferson girls cross country team ended up in third place at Saturday's South Puget Sound League Championships at Fort Steilacoom Park.
The Raiders were led by the run of Leah Kiyohara. The senior finished in eighth-place overall in a time of 19:58. Mount Rainier's Jordan McPhee won the race in 18:34.
Jefferson also got top-30 runs from Amanda Ditzhazy (17th place, 20:26), Vanessa Church (20th, 20:37), Ahnika Hendrickson (28th, 20:50) and Bailey Bonaci (30th, 20:54).
The Federal Way Eagles finished in seventh place and were led by Khiana Duncan. The junior finished 18th overall in 20:29. Aminata Dolo finished 39th in 21:23.
The Beamer girls were led by the 13th-place finish by Paige Hallstrom, who finished in 20:14. The Titans ended up 10th as a team.
On the boys' side, the Todd Beamer Titans finished third as a team behind Puyallup and Tahoma. The Titans were led by freshman Austin Jex, who finished sixth-place overall in 16:27. Auburn Riverside's Korey Krotzer won the race in 15:43.
Beamer sophomore Haftom Tafere was 11th in 16:40, Ishiah Belle was 19th overall in 17:03 and Blake Hansen 26th in 17:13.
The Thomas Jefferson boys ended up fifth in the team standings, led by the 15th-place finish by junior Yohan Gebrehiwet (16:55).
SPSL 3A Meet
Decatur High School senior Tori Zellerhoff continued her impressive season for the Gators with a fourth-place finish in the SPSL 3A Championships. Zellerhoff finished the 5,000-meter race in 19:37.
Peninsula's McKenzie Bravo won the 3A race in 19:12 and
Kenna Ramey and the Federal Way High School girls had an impressive South Puget Sound League Championship Meet Saturday at the Rogers Athletic Center in Puyallup.
Ramey won a pair of individual titles and helped the Eagles to a sixth-place finish. Ramey won the 50-yard freestyle in a state-best time of 24.10 and also took the 100 butterfly in an automatic state-qualifying time of 58.90.
Jefferson senior Madi Kellar took home the SPSL title in 1-meter diving with 366.55 points. Kellar finished in fifth-place at last year's state championships with 334.45 points.
Mount Rainier won the team title with 242 points, followed by Kentridge (159), Kentlake (157) and Tahoma (138).
Up next for the swimmers is the West Central District III Swimming Championships, which will be held Friday and Saturday at the Rogers Athletic Center. The West Central District Diving Championships will take place Thursday at Foss High School in Tacoma.
In swimming, the seven fastest times from each event will advance to the Class 4A State Championships.
The second-ranked Titans clinched the SPSL South Division championship with a pair of ties Thursday and Saturday. Beamer tied Rogers Saturday, 1-1, and played Puyallup to a 3-3 tie Thursday.
The two ties improved the Titans to 12-0-3 and put them eight points clear of second-place Puyallup. The Vikings have two matches to play in the regular season.
Against Rogers, Jasmine Brilliante tallied Beamer's lone goal in the 19th minute on a pass from Janell Carlson.
Against Puyallup, Brilliante tallied two more goals and Breanna Straus scored the other one for the Titans.
The Eagles improved to 5-8-1 in the SPSL South with a 3-0 win over Bethel Saturday. Federal Way got goals from Gabriela Pelogi, Jenessa Tang and Jessica Evenson.
The win came two days after the Eagles lost 2-0 to Emerald Ridge Thursday at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. The Jaguars (9-3-1) got two goals from Kimmie Stueckle.
Jefferson shut out the Auburn Trojans Saturday in SPSL North action, 4-0. The Raiders (5-6-3) got a pair of goals from Lindsey Dahl and one each from Kaitlyn Harris and Chelsa Jensen.
The Todd Beamer Titans were swept by the Graham-Kapowsin Eagles Thursday, 25-23, 25-14, 25-23. The loss drops the Titans to 2-5 in the SPSL South and 6-6 overall.
Beamer was led by 12 kills and five blocks from Megan Stumpf, 10 kills and 14 digs from Lexie Jones and 25 assists from Sophie Miller.
Contact Federal Way Mirror Sports editor Casey Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 925-5565 ext. 5056.