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Tracksters snare several SPSL titles
By CASEY OLSON
The Federal Way School District put on quite a show at the South Puget Sound League 4A sub-district track and field meet Friday at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner. The four district schools will be sending several athletes to the West Central District Championships.
On the second and final day of the sub-district meet, Decaturs Ezra John Griffey, Federal Ways Jacqie Evenson, Jeffersons Kenna Patrick and Decaturs Gena Woodke all snared top qualifying marks Friday.
Griffey ran a season-best time of 21.94 to win the 200-meter dash after having the best qualifying time in the 100 on Wednesday. Evenson continued her strong all-around postseason by snaring the top spot in the 300 hurdles in a personal-best time of 44.73. She also ran on Federal Ways 1,600 relay that landed a berth at districts. Evenson also logged the fastest qualifying time in the 100 hurdles and earned a district berth in the long jump by finishing fourth on Wednesday.
Patrick, who won the 3,200 Wednesday, as well as her heat of the 800, beat Puyallups Chelsea Jorgensen in the final stretch Friday to win the 1,600 in a personal-best 4:59.70.
Woodke destroyed the competition in the discus with a throw of 126-10. Kent-Meridians Torrie Self was second with a toss of 118-1.
Beamers Mackenzie Hickel (300 hurdles), Federal Ways Andre Barrington (long jump) and Federal Ways Greylin James (high jump) all finished in second place Friday.
The West Central District Championships will be held Friday and Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
Decatur freshman Sara Lin couldnt finish it off. After beating Kentwoods Kendall Bielinski to win the SPSL North championship, Lin was beaten by Emerald Ridges Alyssa Ferry in the SPSL title match Saturday at the Sprinker Recreation Center in Spanaway. Ferry downed Lin, 7-5, 6-0.
Lin advances to next weekends West Central District Tournament as the SPSLs No. 2 seed. The district tournament begins Friday at the Sprinker Recreation Center. Lin will take on Central Kitsaps Nicole Morrison in the opening round. The top-seven finishers at the 16-girl district tournament will advance to state.
Lin will be joined at districts by Beamer senior Judy Liening, who won the third/fifth match over Bielinski on Saturday, 7-5, 6-2. This will be Lienings first appearance in the postseason as a singles player. Liening placed at the state tournament the last two years as a doubles player with now-graduated Megan Havili. The two finished in second place at state last season. Liening will play Kentridges Jazmine AhYat in her opening match Friday at districts.
In doubles action, three Federal Way school district teams will be making appearances at the West Central District Tournament. The Decatur pair of Korina Heard and Kiley Frazier ended up in third place at the SPSL Tournament after beating Puyallups Courtney Wetzel and Mayumi Robbins, 6-3, 6-3. Beamers Sam Bowman and Melissa Canfield beat Kentwoods Pauline Jamieson and Tara Bunker in the fourth/sixth match, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, and Federal Ways Marissa Ventura and Bree Rowe beat Chelsea Bruno and Becca Robbins from Puyallup in the seventh/eighth match, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Heard and Frazier will take on Ventura and Rowe in the opening round of Fridays West Central District. Bowman and Canfield will play a Bellarmine Prep pair.
The Thomas Jefferson girls fastpitch team qualified for the West Central District Tournament with a 4-1 win over Curtis on Friday afternoon at the SPSL Tournament at the Kent Parks Service Fields.
Jefferson plays Central Kitsap in its opener at 10 a.m. at the Sprinker Recreation Center in Spanaway on Friday morning.