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2003 Spring Sports Preview-Track

By CASEY OLSON

Sports editor

The Federal Way girls lost only one meet last track season in the South Puget Sound League South division, and coach Jean Licari is looking on improving that this year. Last year’s 7-1 record was good enough for second place in the league.

“Once again, the lady Eagles are putting forth an outstanding effort to get ready for the season,” said Licari.

The Eagles return seniors Leta Johnson (throws), Chemy Kwon (jumps), Robin Luedke (pole vault), Lindsay Mitchell (sprints), Jessica Hafen and Michelle Reilly (distance), and Maggie Pearson, Anneke Bogardus and junior Erin Fitzpatrick (hurdles).

Federal Way’s top newcomers should be sophomores Jessica Franz (hurdles), Aimee Hafen (jumps, pole vault), Janae Jones (sprints), and Ashley Verkler and Tiffany Wilson (distance).

“We have 50 athletes out, making us very solid with a lot of depth,” Licari said. “They have worked really hard to recruit and brought in a strong group.”

Licari sees Bethel, Puyallup and Curtis as the teams to beat in the South, but she predicts the Eagles should finish in the top-two.

Jefferson

Coach Paul Ruston is excited about the 2003 Thomas Jefferson Raider girls track and field team.

“We have a pretty young team, but we are more diverse talent-wise than we were last year,” said Ruston. “There are a lot more events we will be competitive in this year.”

The Raiders finished up last season with a 5-3 record.

Ruston will be counting senior Charisa Alefaio, a sprinter who has qualified for the state meet the last two seasons, Katrina Jensen, a district qualifier in the high jump, Jenerra Camozzi (middle distance), Tera Brockman (distance), Jasmine Tillmon, (throws), Hilery Dyer (distance), Kelly Stofel (hurdles) and Amy Miller (distance).

Ruston will be counting on newcomers Alyson Hart (distance), Megan Lao (distance), Larissa Smith (throws), Erika Zabelle (spirnts, jumps), Erin Schroeder (all around) and Jessica Schroeder (all around).

“We are going to be more competitive as a team than we have been,” said Ruston. “We will just have to wait and see.”

Decatur

The Decatur girls are a small but talented group, according to coach Heather Kreier.

“We have a very cohesive team,” said Kreier. “We are lean and mean.”

The Gators should be led by senior Angela Floyd (sprints) and junior Erica Campbell (throws). Some key newcomers should be seniors Ashley Pugh (sprints) and Kristin Migita (distance), sophomore Tracy Jackson (distance) and sophomore Cari Swanger (throws).

Kreier sees Bethel and Puyallup as the teams to beat in the SPSL South.

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