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Tracksters jump into postseason
By CASEY OLSON
Three Federal Way high schools will be well-represented at Friday and Saturdays West Central District track and field meet at Lincoln Bowl in Tacoma.
The top-eight finishers at the South Puget Sound League Sub-district Meet at Sumner High School on Thursday and Friday moved on to the district meet.
The Decatur Gator boys had an impressive performance during the two-day league meet and will be taking seven individuals and two relay teams to the Lincoln Bowl.
Nick Issac qualified in three separate events for the Gators. Isaac will be competing in the high jump (eighth place with a jump of 6 feet), triple jump (sixth, 43 feet, 1 inch) and the long jump (fifth, 20-8). His brother, Joe Isaac, qualified in the discus and shot put (eighth, 48-1). Joe Isaac blew away the competition in the discus with a throw of 164-0, more than 20 feet farther than the second-place toss.
Also qualifying for the Gator boys were Shaun Helm in the 1600-meters (third, 4:25.98) and 800 (third, 1:56.61), Chris Williams in the 1600 (second, 4:21.92) and 3200 (fourth, 9:43.69), Lance Witherspoon in the discus (sixth, 134-2), Francis Griffey in the 100 (eighth, 11.26) and Darin Harris in the javelin (eighth, 119-6). The Gators also qualified a 1600 relay team and a 400 relay team.
The Jefferson boys also were impressive at the SPSL meet, especially senior Jared Bronson, who qualified for the district meet in three events, including the 200, shot put and javelin. Bronson won the shot put with a throw of 53-6. He was third in the javelin (156-6) and finished fourth in the 200 (23.04).
Also qualifying were Courey McGinnis in the 100 (third, 11.10) and 200 (second, 22.95), Kyle Jenkins in the triple jump (second, 46-8) and long jump (third, 21-½), Galen Hensley in the pole vault (first, 13-0) and Kyle Anderson in the 3200 (third, 9:39.78). The Raiders also qualified their 4x100 relay team.
The Federal Way boys qualified four individuals and a relay team. Greg Warren and Brian Crick qualified in two events and Anthony Dotson won the 100 in a time of 10.90. Warren was fifth in the 200 (23.21) and third in the 400 (50.71). Crick was fifth in the 110 hurdles (15.36) and seventh in the 300 hurdles (41.67). Eric Siverly finished second in the javelin (159-9).
The Eagles also qualified their 4x400 and 4x100 relay teams.
The Federal Way Eagle girls qualified eight individuals and two relay teams to West Central Districts. Erin Fitzpatrick, Chemy Kwon and Jessica Hafen each qualified in two events. Fitzpatrick was seventh in the 100 (12.74) and second in the 100 hurdles (15.09). Kwon was third in the long jump (15-0) and fifth in the triple jump (32-4 1/2) and Hafen was fourth in the 3200 (12:16.7) and fifth in the 1600 (5:25.38).
Other qualifiers were Aimee Hafen (fourth in the pole vault, 8-6), Robin Luedke (fifth in the pole vault, 8-0), Maggie Pearson in the 100 hurdles (fourth, 15.87), Anneke Bogardus in the 100 hurdles (eighth, 16.86) and Leta Johnson in the discus (101-3).
Erica Campbell picked up the lone individual event victory for the Decatur girls with a throw of 177-5 in the discus. The Gators also qualified Danitra Powell in the 200 (fifth, 26.35) and the 100 (third, 12.44), Cari Swanger in the javelin (fifth, 88-4) and Ashley Pugh in the 100 (sixth, 12.69). The Gators also qualified in the 4x100 relay.
The Jefferson girls will be represented by five girls. Raeann Grabowski was eighth in the pole vault (7-6), Kellie Stoffel was sixth in the javelin (87-7), Megan Loo was seventh in the 800 (2:27.25), Alyson Hunt finished fifth in the 3200 (12:17.8) and Tera Brockman was seventh in the 3200 (12:25.3).