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Beamer track wins prestigious Tacoma Invite
The Todd Beamer track and field teams combined to win the prestigious Tacoma Invitational on Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School. The meet included 38 boys teams and 35 on the girls side.
Both the Titan boys and girls finished in third place in their respective divisions, but combined for 88 total points. Garfield finished second with 87 points and Lakes was third with 86.5. Lakes won the boys competition over Kentwood and Garfield won on the girls side.
Beamers Lamardray Fuller had the best individual performance of the Tacoma Invite for the Titans. The senior finished second to Bethels Oliver Henry in the shot put and discus. Fuller threw the shot 50-6 and the discus 152-4. The Titan boys also finished second in the distance medley relay and third in the 400-meter relay.
The Titan girls got second-place finishes from Emma Cortes in the triple jump (33-5), Irene Devera in the 300 hurdles (47.03) and the 800 relay team (1:47.31). Beamers distance medley relay team finished in third place.
In dual meet action, the Federal Way Eagles boys team downed Jefferson, 71.5-64.5, Thursday at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. The Eagles got a pair of individual wins from Andru Pulu in the shot put (52-4) and discus (130-7) and Ian Tevis in the long jump (20-7) and triple jump (46-6 1/4). Jefferson got two wins each from Trenton Pinson in the 100 (11.1) and 200 (22.8) and Jeff Baklund in the 800 (2:01) and 1,600 (4:53.3).
The TJ girls downed the Eagles, 80-61, Thursday. The Raiders got two wins from Kayla Adams in the shot put (35-9) and discus (101-2). Federal Way had double wins from Jaleecia Roland in the high jump (5-4) and triple jump (35-3 1/2), Jacqie Evenson in the 100 hurdles (15.3) and 300 hurdles (47.4) and Tiara Fuller in the 100 (13.3) and 200 (27.9).
The Todd Beamer Titans (5-2, 7-4) won their fifth game in their last six on Friday over Bethel, 13-9. Beamer started the season 2-3.
We had a couple injuries and a couple other things, said Beamer head coach Jerry Peterson. We are just short on some arms, but the guys are just battling.
Against Bethel, Justin Lee scored four runs and had three RBIs and Carson Wolbert picked up the win on the mound and also finished with three RBIs and two doubles. Brian Corliss was also 3-for-3.
Jefferson (5-2, 9-4) remained in third place in the SPSL North with a 4-1 win over Decatur Thursday. The Raiders tallied three runs in the top of the second inning and Drew Staples made the runs stand up on the mound. Staples threw a complete game, allowing one earned run with seven strikeouts and only two walks. Johnny Palko finished 2-for-4 with an RBI. Decaturs C.J. Andrus was 1-for-3 with a double. Justin Reed also threw a complete game, allowing only five hits.
Beamer (4-2-1) blew away Bethel Friday night, 11-0, to remain in fourth place in the SPSL South. The Titans scored six goals in the first 18 minutes and got hat tricks from Daniel Nam and Alan Kim. Beamer also got two goals from Ugo Okoli and Ben Draeger and Rockne Simon combined on the shutout in goal.
The Thomas Jefferson Raiders improved to 5-2 in the SPSL North with a 4-1 win over Federal Way Friday. The Raiders are currently in a tie for second place with Kentwood. Kentridge sits atop the North at 6-0.
Jefferson got victories from Averi Kitsch at No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-4, and Mackenzie Qualls at No. 2, 6-1, 6-2. Caroline Min and Vanessa Sariego won at No. 2 doubles, 6-4, 6-3, and Julia Suico and Adair Carterman won at No. 3, 6-2, 7-5. Federal Ways only win came from Marisa Ventura and Haley Ward at No. 1 doubles, 6-4, 7-5.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, email@example.com