Griffey runs a state-best 100 meters for Gators


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Princess Joy Griffey continues to impress.

The Decatur High School sophomore solidified herself as the best female sprinter in the state entering the postseason with a blazing 100-meter win at the Lake Washington Invitational track and field meet Saturday in Kirkland.

Griffey won the sprint in a time of 11.8, which lowered her state-best time in the event. Griffey also beat Kent-Meridian senior LaShawnda Porter, the defending Class 4A state champion in the 100. It was the first meeting of the season between the two and only Porter’s second loss in the past two seasons.

The time of 11.8 was .4 better than Griffey ran earlier this season. Porter ran a 12.01 at the Lake Washington meet. As a team, Decatur finished in 16th place with 17 points.

The Decatur boys and senior Nick Isaac were also impressive over the weekend. The Gators finished in 14th place at the prestigious Shoreline Invitational Saturday. The Jefferson boys finished 19th.

Isaac was second in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 10 inches and was fourth in the triple jump (43-0 3/4). Isaac’s long jump was four inches better than Jefferson’s Kyle Jenkins, who finished third in the event. Roosevelt’s Norris Frederick set a meet record with a jump of 24-4 3/4. The old record was set by Cleveland’s Ed Horne in 1966.

Jefferson’s Coury McGinnis finished fourth in both the 100 (11.04) and the 200 (22.5).

Federal Way

The Eagle girls swept a three-way meet from Puyallup and Bethel Thursday afternoon. Federal Way scored 88.5 points, compared to 52.5 by Puyallup and 36 by Bethel.

Senior Erin Fitzpatrick and sophomore Jenna Warren both won a pair of events for the Eagles. Fitzpatrick won the 100 in 12.7 and the 100 hurdles in 15.4 and Warren took the triple jump (32-6) and the 400 (1:02.4). Federal Way’s other individual wins came from Claire Schairbaum in the 200 (26.7), Gillian Griffin in the 300 hurdles (49.6), Aimee Hafen in the pole vault (10-6) and Shelby Avaava in the discus (117-7). Federal Way also won the 4x100 relay (51.4) and the 4x200 relay (1:50.6).

The Eagle boys split with Bethel and Puyallup. Bethel scored 75 points, Federal Way tallied 54.5 and Puyallup had 40.5 points. The Eagles got a pair of individual wins from Matt Clark. Clark won the 100 (11.1) and the 200 (22.5). Federal Way’s other victories came from Antonio Lindsey in the discus (139-2) and Brad Johnson in the 300 hurdles (41.7).


The Raiders swept the Emerald Ridge Jaguars Thursday afternoon. The TJ girls won 81-55 and the boys won 80-58.

The Raider girls got wins from Nicora Long in the 100 (13.3) and the triple jump (32-4), Kenna Patrick in the 1600 (5:32.9), Kellie Stoffel in the discus (95-6) and the 400 (1:04.9) and Larissa Smith in the shot put (32-7).

The Raiders also won the 4x200 relay (2:43) and the 4x100 relay (1:17.7).

The Raider boys got wins from Coury McGinnis in the 100 (11.0) and 200 (22.7), Kyle Jenkins in the triple jump (47-1) and the long jump (21-0) and Lionel Orji in the 400 (53.3). Jefferson also won the 4x100 relay (55.3) and the 4x400 relay (3:32.8).


The Gator girls split their three-way meet with Spanaway Lake and Rogers Thursday. Decatur lost to Spanaway Lake, but beat Rogers.

Griffey won the 100 and 200 and Becky Williams won the 1600 (5:36.1) and 800 (2:31.55). Other winners were Danitra Powell in the 400 (1:00.89), Sapphire Hendron in the pole vault (7-1) and Mallory Reynolds in the javelin (73-5).

The Gator boys also lost to Spanaway Lake and beat Rogers Thursday. Nick Isaac won the long jump (21-7 1/2) and the triple jump (44-3), Lance Witherspoon in the javelin (128-9) and discus (150-7), Francis Griffey in the 100 (11.0) and Jordan Blake in the 300 hurdles (42.6).

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