Highline men win NWAACC track championships

Highline Community College took first place at the NWAACC track nd field team took first place last week at the NWAACC Track and Field Championship in Spokane. It was Highline’s first title since 1989 and only its third team title ever.

The men were led by Melvin Jenkins (Skyline HS), who won the 400 meters in a meet record 46.31. That time is also the 10th fastest 400 ever recorded by a Washington athlete. Jenkins was followed by Alex Harcourt (Kentridge), who ran 46.57. Jenkins and Harcourt were also members of Highline’s winning 4x400 relay team, which also included Mike Dickson (Auburn) and Jerome Sirmans (Spanaway Lake).

Distance runner Clay Hemlock (Ferndale) won the 1,500 and 10,000 and finished fifth in the 800 and seventh in the 5,000. Hurdler Jake Foyston (Kent-Meridian) was also a two-time winner, taking both the 110 hurdles and 400 hurdles. Ricky Moody (Spanaway Lake) won the long jump and was second in the 100, fourth in the discus and seventh in the shot put. Kyle Jones (Steilacoom) set a new school record of 154-4 while winning the hammer throw.

Highline’s coach, Robert Yates, was named the men’s track coach of the year in the NWAACC.

Highline’s women also performed well led by distance runner Amanda Kamm (Decatur). Kamm won the 800 and placed second in the 1,500 and 300 and third in the 5,000. She was also named the Art Feiro Scholar Athlete for 2004. The award is given to the top student-athlete in the NWAACC conference for all sports. Kamm carries a 3.96 grade-point average and will be attending Portland State University in the fall.

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