Decatur girls, Griffey shine at Eason Invite


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The Decatur track teams were impressive at Saturday’s Eason Invitational meet at Snohomish High School. The Gator girls tied for second at the 25-team invitational and the boys ended up 10th.

But nobody was more impressive than Decatur sophomore sprinter Princess Joy Griffey. Griffey was named the Female Track Athlete of the Meet after running away with the 100 meters in a blazing 12.2 and the 200 in 25.16. Griffey has the fastest times in the state this season in both events. She also ran on the victorious 1x100 and 4x200 Gator relay teams.

Senior Danitra Powell finished right behind Griffey in the 100 (12.59).

The Gator boys were led by senior Nick Isaac, who finished second in the long jump (22-3 3/4) and Shaun Helm was fourth in the 800 (1:59.86).


The Raider girls got a good victory over Spanaway Lake Thursday, 74-63. The Jefferson boys were beaten by the Sentinels 72.5-63.5 in a battle of two of the best teams in the South Puget Sound League South.

On the girls’ side, Kellie Stoffel won three events and finished second in a fourth to pace the Raiders. Stoffel won the discus with a throw of 100 feet, 8 inches, the 300 hurdles in 50.17 and the javelin with a throw of 102-10. She was second in the 100 hurdles (17.4).

Other Raider wins came from Michelle Borth in the triple jump (31-8) and the long jump (15-8), Natalie Jarvey in the 3200 (12:03.5), Nicora Long in the high jump (4-10), Hilorie Hildebrandt in the 1600 (5:29.4), Megan Loo in the 800 (2:32.7) and Larissa Smith in the shot put (34-2).

On the boys’ side, the Raiders got a pair of individual wins from Kyle Jenkins in the triple jump (49-0) and long jump (22-4), Coury McGinnis in the 100 (10.8) and 200 (22.4) and Kyle Anderson in the 3200 (10:10.8) and the 1600 (4:30.5). Jefferson’s other first-place finish came from Pat Kennar in the discus (150-6).


The Gator girls barely got by the Emerald Ridge Jaguars Thursday afternoon, 69-66. Griffey won the 100 meters in 12.12 and the 200 in 25.64. Decatur’s other victories were by Powell in the 400 (1:03.6), Mallory Reynolds in the discus (80-5) and Amanda Stewart in the high jump (5-0). The Gators also won the 4x100 relay (50.5) and the 4x200 relay (1:48.4).

The Decatur boys soundly beat Emerald Ridge, 83-52. Isaac won three events for the Gators, including the 200 (23.25), long jump (21-10) and triple jump (42-2 1/4). Other wins came from Francis Griffey in the 100 (11.12), Victor Kumuhu in the 3200 (11:16.53), Bryan Borrelli in the shot put (45-0 1/2) and Lance Witherspoon in the discus (130-0). Decatur also won the 4x100 relay (44.3).

Federal Way

The Eagle girls lost their first meet of the season Thursday to defending state champion Curtis, 97-46. The Eagles got wins from Erin Fitzpatrick in the 100 hurdles (15.8) and Aimee Hafen in the pole vault (8-6).

The Eagle boys were also beaten by Curtis, 88-46. Federal Way’s wins came from Greg Warren in the 400 (51.3), Brian Crick in the 110 hurdles (15.7) and pole vault (12-6), Brad Johnson in the 300 hurdles (42.5) and the 4x400 relay team (3:28.7).


The Todd Beamer girls track team blew by Puyallup Thursday afternoon, 91-38. Freshman Gena Woodke won three events for the Titans, including the 400 (1:03.2), triple jump (32-8) and the shot put (30-6).

The Beamer boys were beat by Puyallup, 101-32. Tommie McBee won the only event for the Titans, the 110 hurdles, in 18.6.

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