Eagles run past Raiders

The Federal Way boys and girls track teams stayed on top of the South Puget Sound League with wins over Jefferson Thursday at Federal Way Memorial Field.

The Federal Way boys beat Jefferson 85-51. The Federal Way girls defeated the Raiders 77-64.

Both Eagles teams are undefeated this season, although the Federal Way boys team tied Curtis earlier this year.

Against Jefferson, Federal Way senior Brandon Keeler remained unbeaten in every event he has entered this season while competing in four individual events.

Keeler won the 110-meter hurdles, the 300-meter hurdles, the triple jump and the long jump.

In the long jump, Keeler leaped 22 feet, 3 inches to Jefferson senior Kamarr Evans’ jump of 22 feet.

“Keeler had an incredible day,” said Federal Way coach Mike Minahan. “They have some talented athletes and one of the state’s best guys in the long jump (in Evans). Brandon had quite a day.”

Keeler placed fifth at state last season in the triple jump. He’s hoping to return in more events this year.

Keeler attributes his success this season to assistant coach Malik Washington, who has helped him with his technique.

“I haven’t had competition in the long jump all year until this meet against Kamarr,” Keeler said.

“It’s a good thing to have competition,” Evans said. “It helps keep us motivated. I’m looking forward to districts and state, when I can focus in on the long jump.”

Evans also competed in the 200-meter dash, which he won.

In addition to Keeler’s four wins, Federal Way’s Mustafa Scott was the only other multi-event winner. He won the 800-meter run and the 1600.

In the girls contest, Federal Way and Jefferson each had individual winners in seven events, but the Eagles had more depth and earned points from second- and third-place finishes.

Individuals who won two events include Jefferson junior Charisa Alefaio in the 100- and 200-meter dash, Jefferson senior Danielle Freeman in the triple jump and the long jump and Jefferson senior Hailey Young won the 1600-meter run and the 300-meter hurdles.

Federal Way senior Heleine Kaufusi won the discus and the shot put.

“Everyone is supporting everyone else,” said Federal Way senior Allison Jarstad, who won the pole vault. “We push each other to set personal records. “

Jarstad set a school record by pole vaulting 9 feet, 3inches against Curtis earlier this season.

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