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Carbon second at Hershey national meet

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

The city of Federal Way was well-represented at the Hershey’s Track and Field Program North American Final Meet last weekend in Hershey, Pa. A total of six Federal Way girls qualified for the prestigious meet by winning their respective events at the Washington state championships, as well as posting the best time or distance in the Pacific Northwest Region, which includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alberta and British Columbia.

Jayme Carbon, a 13-year-old from Kilo Middle School, was the top Federal Way finisher at the national meet. Carbon ended up in second place in the 13-14 softball throw with a toss of 184 feet, 2 inches. The winner of the event, Amber Wollschlager threw just three inches further to claim the title.

This was Carbon’s second-straight appearance at the national finals. Last year, Carbon won the national championship in the 11-12 age category. Despite the second-place finish, Carbon’s throw was an improvement of over 10 feet from her distance at the state championships last month.

“We are proud of her accomplishments.” said Carbon’s mother, Karen. “She moved up an age bracket this year so she has one more try at it next year.”

Federal Way’s Alexandra Rodriguez ended up third in the girls 9-10 softball throw at nationals with a toss of 118-8. The winner was Rachel Zajchowski from Vermont with a throw of 122-4.

A 4x100 relay team made up of three Federal Way area girls finished fourth in the 11-12 category. Federal Way’s Chantel Dixon, Ashley Ware and Ta’Rea Cunnigan, along with Puyallup’s Sherelle Williams ran a 54.99 in Pennsylvania. A team from Texas won the title in 53.13.

The final Federal Way qualifier was Brianna Okoro, who finished up in sixth place in the girls 13-14 200-meter dash. Okoro ran a time of 27.07 in Pennsylvania. The winner, Dalilah Muhammed from Jamaica, N.Y., won the race in 26.33.

The kids received an all-expensed paid trip to Pennsylvania and were treated to several amenities while in Hershey, including a tour of the chocolate factory, a stay in college dormitory rooms and other games and activities during their four-day stay.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, sports@fedwaymirror.com

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