Jefferson's Jenkins jumps to state


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It was a year ago that Jefferson senior Kyle Jenkins burst onto the state track and field scene.

At the 2003 Star Track, Jenkins broke the long-standing state championship record to win the triple jump title at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco with a leap of 49 feet, 8 1/2 inches. The jump beat the previous mark by almost five inches, which was set in 1989 by Central Kitsap’s William Dozier.

Now, as a senior, Jenkins hopes to end his storied career at TJ with another state championship. Jenkins took the first step Saturday by winning the West Central/Southwest District triple jump championship at Tacoma’s Lincoln Bowl with a leap of 48-3 ½ to qualify for 2004 Star Track, which will take place Friday and Saturday in the Tri-Cities.

“I’m feeling pretty good actually,” Jenkins said. “I’m ready for state.”

The West Central/Southwest District Meet Friday and Saturday marked the first time Jenkins has been completely healthy since his state-record triple jump of 50-2 at the Pasco Invitational in mid-April. The Jefferson senior has been suffering from a bruised heel.

“I am just now getting back to where I started,” Jenkins said. “My goal all year has been 51 feet. If I reach that, I will move it up.”

Jenkins also qualified for the state meet in the long jump and the 400. He finished second in the long jump with a leap of 21-11 1/4 and was sixth in the 400 (51.25).

Jenkins was one of several Federal Way athletes to qualify for this weekend’s Star Track Class 4A state track and field championships in Pasco. Decatur sophomore Princess Joy Griffey continued her unbelievable season with a district title in the 100 meters in a blazing 12.01. Federal Way’s Aimee Hafen uncorked a personal-best 10-9 to win the girls pole vault championship and Jefferson’s Coury McGinnis claimed the boys 100-meter title in a thrilling race. The senior out-leaned Kentwood’s Kenjamine Jackson and Olympic’s Jonell Hodge.

McGinnis posted an 11.12, while Jackson finished in 11.14 and Hodge ran an 11.15.

Griffey and McGinnis also qualified in the 200. Griffey finished in second behind Kent-Meridian’s LaShawnda Porter and McGinnis was fourth.

The second-place finish was the first time this season that Griffey has lost a race. Porter is the defending state champion in the 100 and 200 and is headed to the University of Washington next season to run track. Griffey beat Porter for the third time in three meetings in the 100. Porter and Griffey had never met head-to-head in the 200 before.

Other qualifiers at the district meet included Decatur’s Lance Witherspoon in the discus, fourth with a throw of 151-7, Jefferson’s Pat Kennar in the discus, seventh at 142-2, Federal Way’s Brad Johnson was seventh in the 300 hurdles (41.30), Federal Way’s Matt Clark was seventh in the 100 (11.41), Federal Way’s Eli Harry was sixth in the pole vault (12-6), Decatur’s Nick Isaac was fourth in the long jump (20-9 1/4), Federal Way’s Erin Fitzpatrick, fourth in the 100 hurdles (15.44), Decatur’s Danitra Powell was third in the 100 (12.37) and fifth in the 200 (25.88) and Federal Way’s Shelby Avaava was fourth in the discus (120-4).

The Decatur girls 4x100 relay team finished seventh (53.86), the Federal Way girls 4x200 team finished sixth (1:47.40) and the Decatur 4x200 team was eighth (1:57.67). On the boys’ side, the Federal Way 4x400 team made up of Clark, Greg Warren, C.J. Green and Brian Crick finished second in 3:22.71. It is the same team that finished third at last year’s state championships.

The top-eight finishers at the district meet advanced to state.

The Jefferson boys team finished in third place in the team standings behind Foss and Kentridge. Federal Way finished 19th and Decatur was 25th. The Decatur girls finished up in seventh and Federal Way was 13th.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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