For the 50th time, Federal Way High School hosted the Bill Harris Invitational track and field meet Tuesday evening. The meet is named for the longtime coach/teacher/athletic director at Federal Way.
Harris started as an assistant coach in track and field in 1963 and became the head coach for track and field and cross country in 1965. During his time at FWHS, he won six girls track league championships, 10 girls cross country championships, two track and field state team championships and has coached athletes with 12 individual state championship records.
In 1996, Harris retired from teaching, and from 1997-99, he served as the athletic director at Federal Way High School.
This year, the Eagle boys dominated the 10 teams Tuesday night, which included six 2A schools, two 3A squads and two 4A teams. Federal Way finished the night with 209 points to easily outdistance second-place Issaquah (74 points).
The Eagles won a grand total of 11 individual event championships Tuesday night, including two each by juniors Albert Havili and Aaron Persinger.
Havili won the shot put title with a throw of 48 feet, 4.50 inches and dominated the discus with a toss of 153-4. Federal Way's JayTee Tiuli was second in the discus at 126-0.
The Eagles' other event wins came from D.J. May in the 100 meters (11.27), Mussie Simon in the 800 (2:07.44), Mitch Stewart in the 3,200 (9:57.41), Mike Tate in the long jump (21-5.5) and Keenan Curran in the triple jump (43-7). Federal Way also won both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
On the girls' side, Issaquah outran Federal Way to win the team championship. Issaquah finished with 137.5 points compared to the Eagles' 130.33.
But the Bill Harris Invitational marked the return of Federal Way junior Majerae Gates, who won the 100 meters in 12.98.
Gates entered last year’s state meet as a favorite in the 100, but pulled a hamstring in the state finals. Gates has been nursing back into shape after a pair of hand surgeries.
Federal Way also got individual titles Tuesday from freshman Mariyah Vongsaveng in the 100 hurdles (15.44) and the 300 hurdles (48.75) and freshman Karis Cameron in the 200 (27.28). The Eagles also won the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
Decatur picked up individual titles from Jenelta Yates in the girls 400 (1:02.76), the girls 4x400 relay team of Ericka Budinich, Leah Johnson, Olivia Sullivan and Yates (4:18.29) and Drew Thompson in the boys high jump (6-2).
Jefferson — The Thomas Jefferson Raiders (6-0) remained unbeaten in the SPSL Central Division with a 4-1 win over Federal Way Wednesday.
The Raiders' wins came from Cindy Park at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-0, Michelle Lee at No. 2, 6-0, 6-0, Rileigh Qualls and Toni Mullen at No. 2 doubles, 6-0, 6-0, and Chloe Choe and Alice Kim at No. 3, 6-2, 6-2.
Federal Way's (0-6) lone win came from Lauren Lang and Mina Park at No. 1 doubles, 7-5, 7-5.
Beamer — The Titans' offense finally exploded with a 14-2 win over Spanaway Lake Wednesday in six innings.
Beamer (8-5) pounded out 14 hits and got three RBIs each from Sam Kosbab and Daniel Lee. Ben Arata finished 2 for 3 with four runs, RBI, double and three stolen bases and Jaden Sawyer finished 2 for 2 with a pair of stolen bases. Taylor Davis got the win on the mound.
Jefferson — The Raiders (5-7) came close against Tahoma, but a walk-off, two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh by Tanner Anthony sealed the Bear win, 8-6.
Steven Sonnenfeld led TJ with a home run and Mark Fitzgerald finished with a double and a pair of RBIs.
Decatur — In a battle for first place in the SPSL 3A Division, the Peninsula Seahawks shut out the fourth-ranked Gators Wednesday night, 3-0.
The win moves Peninsula to 7-1-0 in the division and drops Decatur to 6-2-0 and 10-2-0 overall.
It was Peninsula's second win over the Gators this season.
Federal Way — The Eagles continued their impressive run through the SPSL South with a 5-0 win over Beamer (4-5-2) Wednesday night. Federal Way (8-1-1) sits behind only Puyallup (10-1-0) in the league standings.
Against Beamer, the Eagles' got two goals each from Sean Rigney and Garrett Brewer. Colin Kim tallied Federal Way's other goal and Ben Willis got the shutout in net.
Beamer — The Titans were shut out by Spanaway Lake Wednesday, 8-0. Beamer (7-4) mustered only three hits. Spanaway Lake scored eight runs on just six hits and were helped by five Titan errors in the field.