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Boys track preview: Track: Eagle boys hope to keep streak alive
The Federal Way High School boys track and field team is hoping to continue its domination of the South Puget Sound League Central Division. The Eagles have not lost a dual meet in the last four seasons and return some of the better all-around athletes in the league and state again this season.
“Federal Way looks loaded for a strong run again,” said TJ head coach Tommy Decker.
The Eagles have dominated their first two SPSL Central Division meets so far this season.
Federal Way has been led during the early season by a plethora of different athletes. Back for the Eagles are sprinters Zeke McNeal, D.J. May and Mike Tate; throwers Albert Havili and Jordan Pulu; jumpers D’Londo Tucker, May and Tate; hurdler Aaron Persinger; and distance runners Mitch Stewart and Tremain Rambo.
“We need to continue to improve from last year and peak at the end of the season,” said head coach Sam Beesley.
The Raiders finished with just one loss last season, which came to the SPSL Central Division champion Federal Way Eagles. Head coach Tommy Decker brings back several athletes from that second-place team, including a strong group of distance runners.
“Our distance group has been a source of stability,” Decker said.
The returning distance runners include Oscar Iraheta, Yohan Gebrehiwet and Lionel Estrada, along with newcomer Jeff Pinkstaff.
Also back for the Raiders are Kendall Green (long jump, 400 meters), Yobel Mengistu (jumps), Gabe Thacker (hurdles), Thomas Goldingay (pole vault), Jeff Aumua (throws) and Kel Hicks (shot put).
Top newcomers include Johnny Myles (sprints), Chris kim (sprints/hurdles), Heng Yon and Josh Madden (throws).
“We graduated some great athletes in the sprints and hurdles last year and have recruited a big freshman and sophomore class to build for the future,” Decker said. “Our goal with this year’s squad is to make sure our new athletes establish a connection and ownership to the program.”
The Titans and head coach Jay Cardwell will be counting on plenty of depth and senior leadership to improve on last year’s 3-2 record in the SPSL Central.
“This year’s squad looks to build upon last year’s strong season,” Cardwell said. “By focusing on improving every day and enjoying the sport, we can’t fail.”
Beamer has over 70 boys on this year’s team, including state meet veteran Austin Hitchcock. The senior qualified for both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. Also back for the Titans are Willie Roach (high jump/sprints), Sean Eidsmoe (400), Daniel Kubay (distance), Chase Randazzo (throws), Justin Evans (hurdles/jumps) and Blake Hansen (pole vault).
The Titans will also be counting on newcomers Austin Jex (distance), Kaos James (sprints) and Terry McCray (sprints/jumps) to score points during the dual meet season.
The Gators, who finished 0-5 last year, will be led by senior Drew Thompson during the 2012 season. Thompson is a threat to win four individual events during every dual meet and currently leads Decatur in five different events so far this year.
Thompson, who competed at the state championships a season ago, has season-best times in the 100 meters, 110 hurdles, pole vault, high jump and long jump.
Thompson is currently the Decatur school-record holder in the high jump with a leap of 6-feet-5 1/2. The jump broke the 27-year-old record.
Decatur will also be counting on seniors Jonathan Osborne (jumps) and Dalvin Yarbourgh (sprints) to score points. Also helping will be seniors Gerardo Garcia and Jordan Wernet and junior Kenny Kim. Garcia leads a solid group of distance runners for the Gators and Wernet and Kim are the team’s best throwers.
“We are a young team with little experience,” said head coach Sam Hunt.