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FW boys lack experience, but are loaded with talent

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

Talent shouldn’t be an issue for the Federal Way Eagles during the track and field season. The Eagles have plenty of that.

The Eagles are coming off an 8-1 season in the South Puget Sound League South Division and bring back many of their top athletes.

“Our track team is lacking experience in many events,” Minahan said. “We are not lacking in talent, but a key will be how quickly the new athletes get good at their events.”

Returning for Federal Way will be seniors Brett Stoll (hurdles), Devon Heinen (distance), Jimmy Ivory (sprints) and Kelvin Malone (sprints), along with junior Victor Gruy (pole vault), Mark Rivers (sprints) and Vasili Ialanji (pole vault), as well as sophomore Gregger Highberg (hurdles). The Eagles have been without the services of senior sprinter Victor Williams, who is battling injuries, according to Minahan. Williams went to state last year in all of the sprint events. His return this season is questionable.

The Eagles might be the team to beat in the new SPSL Division 3, which includes the four Federal Way school district high schools and three from Auburn. Last year, Auburn Riverside won the SPSL North title with a 7-1 record.

“Our division is very even,” Minahan said. “I think that most of our meets will be very close.”

Federal Way has started the season with a 2-0 record after victories over Jefferson and Decatur.

Beamer

The Titans and head coach Scott Haines will roll out their deepest teams in the three-year history of the school. Beamer finished 5-5 in the SPSL South a season ago and bring back a bulk of the point scorers from that team.

“We have one of the strongest teams overall that I have worked with in eight years of coaching,” Haines said. “The key is going to be finding a balance and for our kids to stay focused through May.”

The list of returners for the Titans includes seniors Jason Johnson (sprints) and Tyler Eidsmoe (distance), juniors Will Collins (sprints, long jump) and Jon Lee (pole vault) and sophomore Josh Waller (sprints) and Evan Cook (throws). Newcomers Sam Heck (sprints, throws), Rahmel Freeland (throws) and Anthony Hogan (hurdles) should also help score points.

“I believe we have a chance at winning our division if everyone steops up and stays healthy and eligible. We have a lot of young returners, as well as some strong veterans.”

The Titans have started the SPSL season with a 2-0 record with wins over Auburn and Auburn Mountainview.

Decatur

The Gators should be better than last year’s 2-7 record in the SPSL South. Decatur has started the year with a 1-1 record after a win over Auburn Mountainview and a loss to Federal Way on Tuesday.

The Gators have gotten solid early-season performances from thrower Josh Pot, spinter Ezra John Griffey, distance runners Justin Englund and Justin Helm and jumper Chase King.

Jefferson

The Raiders are coming off a 5-4 season in the SPSL South Division and head coach Kevin Hanis is returning a group of pretty solid, all-around athletes.

Leading the list of returners are sprinter Phillip Bennett and sprinter/jumper Abraham Kinlow. Also helping will be jumper Michael Yim.

The Raiders have started the season with a 1-1 record after beating Auburn Riverside and losing to Federal Way.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, sports@fedwaymirror.com

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