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Federal Way athletes shine on first day of SPSL Track and Field Meet in Sumner
By CASEY OLSON
Federal Way School District athletes cruised to several titles on day one of the South Puget Sound League 4A sub-district track and field meet at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.
Jefferson senior Kenna Patrick won the 3,200 meters Wednesday in a time of 11 minutes, 4.76 seconds to qualify for next weeks West Central District Meet.
She also clocked the best time in her heat of the 800. She also ran the 1,600 yesterday.
Patrick finished seventh in the 3,200 at last years state track and field championships and 10th in the 1,600. But she really made a name for herself in the fall when she won the Class 4A state cross-country title.
Viktor Gruy of Federal Way High School won the boys pole vault when he cleared 14 feet. Decaturs Ezra John Griffey ran a 10.92 in the 100 meters to win his heat, and Amanda Stewart of Decatur out-jumped Kentwoods Lindsay Moore to win the girls high jump at 5-6. Steward missed her three tries at a meet-record 5-8 1/2. Beamer freshman Mercedes Sullivan ran the fastest time in the girls 400 (59.61), as did Federal Ways Jacquie Evenson in the 100 hurdles (15.54). Jefferson got a pair of individual wins from Kelsey Racicot in the javelin (111-8) and Sofia Malamura in the shot put (37-2 1/2).
Both Beamer 4x100 relay teams also posted the best times. The boys ran a 42.80 and the girls won their heat in 49.34.
The top nine qualifiers in all events advance to the West Central 4A District meet. In running events 800 meters and shorter, and all relays, the top three finishers in each heat move on, along with those with the next three fastest times.
The meet concluded Friday (after press time).
Decaturs Sarah Lin and Beamers Judy Liening rolled into the quarterfinals at the SPSL Tennis Tournament with wins Wednesday. Lin downed Kentwoods Kelsie Hurter in round three, 6-1, 6-2, and Liening beat a Puyallup player, 6-1, 6-1. The top-nine finishers will advance to the West Central District Tournament. Jeffersons Jenny Fullmer is still alive, but will have to fight through the consolation bracket after losing to Kentwoods Kendall Bielinski, 6-2, 6-2.
Six Federal Way School District doubles teams are also still alive.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, firstname.lastname@example.org