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2002 Girls Track Preview

The Federal Way girls track team can’t do much better than last season’s 8-0 record in the South Puget Sound League. The Eagles return most of their strong athletes and had even more girls turn out for track this season.

“We have the biggest team we’ve had since I started coaching at Federal Way,” said sixth-year coach Jean Licari. “The girls are highly motivated to have a successful season.”

Strong returners for Federal Way include junior Ashley Pugh in the sprints; junior Jessica Hafen in distance events; juniors Maggie Pearson and Anneke Borgardus in the hurdles; and senior Allison Jarstad in the pole vault.

The top newcomers expected to do good things for Federal Way this season are sophomore Erin Fitzpatrick in the sprints and hurdles; junior Robin Luedke in the pole vault; junior Leta Johnson in the throwing events; and senior Heleine Kaufusi in the throwing events.

The Decatur girls track team has nowhere to go but up after last season’s 0-8 record.

“This season will be Decatur’s best season in many years,” said coach Heather Kreier. “We are going for the SPSL title.”

Decatur will be led by senior Gayle Imran in the sprints and relays; junior Osheea Davis in the middle distance events and relays; junior Jessalee Calugas hurdles and long jump; and junior Angela Floyd in the 200 and relays.

Hampering Decatur’s efforts is a relatively low turn out.

“I wish we had more bodies out for track,” Kreier said. “The limited numbers forces us to triple and quadruple several athletes. Soon fatigue catches up with teams that rely on a few athletes to produce the win.”

Thankfully, the Gators have a solid group of new athletes. Sophomore Danitra Powell will help in the sprinting events; sophomore Dominique McNeal will compete in the middle distnaces; sophomore Christine Kim will compete in the hurdles; Erica Campbell will be in the throwing events; and senior Cynthia Silver will run in the distance events.

The Jefferson girls track team keeps improving with each year. Two years ago it had one win in the SPSL. Last season it picked up two wins. This year the Raiders are hoping to win even more, especially now that their team is three-times larger than last season and has a new track to practice on.

“We have very quality people who have a history of going to state,” said coach Paul Ruston. “With a higher turn out, we can finally fill out a whole team and be competitive in every meet. ”

The Raiders return senior Hailey Young in the distance events and hurdles; junior Charisa Alefaio — who competed at state last season — in the sprints; senior Danielle Freeman — a two-time state placer — in the long jump; and junior Katrina Jenson in the high jump and relays.

New to the team this season are Kellie Stoffel, a versatile athlete who can compete in everything from the hurdles and high jump to the 1,600-meter run; sophomore Tera Brockman in the distance events; sophomore Stacy Lyver in the hurdles, relays and long jump; and sophomore Jasmine Tilman in the throwing events.

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