Eagles run past Gators

For Federal Way’s Brandon Keeler, track season is time to have fun. And nothing is more fun for Keeler than winning.

The four-event performer, who has accepted a football scholarship to Eastern Washington University, is among the top track athletes in the state — even if he considers it his second sport.

At last weekend’s Shoreline Invitiational, Keeler was named Athlete of the Meet after winning the triple jump, taking second in the long jump and the 110-meter hurdles, and finishing fourth in the 300-meter hurdles.

“I was expecting something like that,” Keeler said. “That’s what I’m expecting for state, too.”

While Keeler’s season has been remarkable so far, he still has goals he wants to meet.

“I want to have fun at districts, then qualify for state in four events,” Keeler said. “I’ve got a football scholarship. This is my fun.”

Keeler is one of the main reasons why the Federal Way boys track team has lost just one meet this season.

In the last regular season meet on Thursday against Decatur, Keeler won his usual four events — the long jump, the triple jump, the 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles — to lead the Eagles to a 76-60 win over the Gators.

The Federal Way girls track team also beat Decatur, 84-56.

Two event winners from Federal Way include junior Jessica Hafen, who won the 800 and 1600 and Heleine Kaufusi, who won the discus and shot put.

Decatur’s Gayle Imran won the 100, the 200 and the long jump.

The Federal Way girls team’s only loss this season came to Bethel.

“It was right after the Bill Harris Invitational and we were exhausted,” Hafen said. “That was really disappointing, but we handled it well. It was kind of a wake-up call. We have to give it our all. We had won so much we just assumed every meet was guaranteed. In a way, it was good for our team.”

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