Federal Way athletes shine at league meet


Sports editor

The first day of competition at the South Puget Sound League sub-district track and field meet yielded some strong individual performances.

Jefferson’s Kyle Jenkins and Coury McGinnis posted winning marks, as did Decatur’s Princess Joy Griffey and Federal Way’s Erin Fitzpatrick at Sumner High School Wednesday afternoon. The sub-district meet continued Friday (after press time).

Jenkins won the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 9 inches and also qualified for districts in the 400 with the third-best time of the day (50.27).

McGinnis clocked the best time of the day in the 100 meters with a 10.92 in his heat, as did Griffey in the girls 100 by clocking a 12.15. Griffey also anchored Decatur’s 4x100 relay team, which finished in 49.3, the second-best time Wednesday behind Curtis.

Fitzpatrick was the top qualifier in the 100 hurdles in a personal-best time of 15.0. She also qualified for districts in the 100 meters.

The top eight from the field events and distance running events advanced to next week’s Class 4A West Central District meet at Tacoma’s Lincoln Bowl.

As for the sprints, hurdles and 800, the top three from each heat and next two best times move on to district.

Other district qualifiers on the boys’ side Wednesday included Federal Way’s Eli Harry and Brian Crick in the pole vault. Harry finished second with a vault of 12-6 and Crick was fifth at 11-0. Federal Way’s Marcus Brown was sixth in the shot put (45-10), Decatur’s Barry Driskell was seventh in the shot (45-10), Decatur’s Francis Griffey was fourth in the 100 (11.12), Federal Way’s Matt Clark finished sixth (11.18), Federal Way’s Greg Warren was fourth in the 400 (50.30), Decatur’s Shaun Helm finished second in the 800 (1:59.78) and Jefferson’s Kyle Anderson was sixth in the 3200 (9:41.78). The Federal Way and Jefferson 4x100 relay teams also advanced.

On the girls’ side other qualifiers included Federal Way’s Shelby Avaava, third in the discus (114-3), Larissa Smith finished eighth in the discus (102-4), Decatur’s Danitra Powell was fourth in the 100 (12.45), Federal Way’s Jenna Warren was fifth in the 400 (1:00.80), Decatur’s Becky Williams was third in the 800 (2:21.24), Jefferson’s Hilorie Hildebrandt was fourth in the 3200 (11:48.6), Kenna Patrick was fifth (11:53.07) and Natalie Jarvey was sixth (12:01.54), Beamer’s McKinley Williams finished eighth in the 3200 (12:03.5), Gillian Griffen was fifth in the 100 hurdles (16.3) and Beamer’s Jessica Franz was eighth in the hurdles (16.8). Federal Way also qualified third in the 4x100 relay (50.26).

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