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"Rain, wind don't slow track teams"

"The cold and windy conditions at Wednesday's track meet between Jefferson and Curtis reflect the reason why Jefferson coach Sam Beesly says you have to be tough to run track in the Northwest. But the poor weather and head wind didn't stop Jefferson senior Omari Gildon from winning the 100-meter dash. I feel good that even with the wind in my face, I could still run 11.3 (seconds), Gildon said. I'm feeling like I'm faster than I was last year at the beginning of the season. All I can do now is get better. That's good news for Gildon and his Jefferson team. Last year Gildon took sixth place at the state track meet when ran the 100 in an electronically timed 10.97. There's pressure because the coaches expect me to win, but the pressure doesn't bother me, Gildon said. I just run the best I can. Gildon also helped his Jefferson team win the 400 relay. Other winners for Jefferson include Jeremy Boyd, who ran the 110-meter hurdles in 16.1 seconds. Jared Bronson won the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 8 inches. Kamarr Evans won the triple jump by jumping 40 feet, 7 inches and Brandon Smith won the discus, throwing it 128 feet, 7.5 inches. The Jefferson girls team, short on members, received its only wins from junior Danielle Freeman. Freeman won the 100-meter dash in 13.2 seconds, the 200-meter dash in 28.2 seconds and the long jump with a leap of 16 feet. The Federal Way High School track team is already making state marks. The Eagles' boys 1,600 relay team, composed of Jon Manthey, Germaine Pugh, Brandon Keeler and Mustafa Scott, turned in the fastest time in the state so far this year - 3:27.2. Federal Way senior high jumper Tui Avaava's 6-foot-6 inch jump ties the highest mark so far in the state this season. The Federal Way girls 800 relay team turned in the fastest time in the South Puget Sound League so far with a 1:50.2. "

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