Area track athletes prepare for state

When the state track meet starts on Friday at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Brandon Keeler and Gayle Imran will be ready for whoever tries to challenge them.

They proved it last weekend at the West Central and Southwest District track meet in Puyallup.

Keeler, a senior on the Federal Way boys track team, won two events and took third in two others.

Imran, a senior on the Decatur girls track team, won two individual events, took fourth in another, and helped the girls team to a win in the 4x200 relay.

It’s the kind of dominating performances Keeler and Imran have been posting all season.

Keeler won the 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles. He placed third in the triple jump and third in the long jump.

Imran won the 200-meter dash and the long jump. She was fourth in a competitive 100-meter dash.

Jefferson had strong representation, with Kyle Jenkins posting a personal best to win the triple jump.

Jefferson’s Kamarr Evans will return to state after he finished second in the long jump and sixth in the 200. Evans holds the state’s best mark this year in the long jump, which he achieved in the first meet of the season. He’s hoping to reach it again at state.

In the girls events, Jefferson’s Danielle Freeman qualified for state after a pair of third place finishes. Freeman was third in the long jump and third in the triple jump.

Third-place finishers included Decatur’s Joe Isaac in the boys discus event and Federal Way’s Dan Boe in the pole vault. Boe cleared the fourth-highest height in the pole vault — 13 feet, 6 inches — but took sixth-place after a tiebreaker.

Federal Way’s Aaron Oravillo was sixth in the 300-meter hurdles.

Jefferson’s Charisa Alefaio finished sixth in the 200 and seventh in the 100. Joining her at state is teammate Hailey Young, who was seventh in the 300 hurdles.

Federal Way’s Erin Fitzpatrick placed seventh in the 100 hurdles.

The Federal Way girls relay team earned the final spot to state when it finished seventh in the 4x200 relay. The Eagles also took fifth in the 4x100 relay.

Jefferson’s boys relay team qualified for state with a fifth-place finish in the 4x100.

The first session of events this weekend runs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday. The second session is from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. on Friday.

The third session is from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The meet will conclude Saturday evening, beginning at 6 o’clock and running until the awards ceremony at 8:30.

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