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District track meet up next for FWay athletes
By CASEY OLSON
The second day of the South Puget Sound League sub-district track and field meet yielded more berths into this weekends West Central District Meet for several athletes from the four Federal Way high schools.
But there was no more impressive race than the one Decatur junior Princess Joy Griffey put together on the anchor leg of the Decatur 4x200 relay team Friday afternoon at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.
Griffey received the baton in sixth place, almost 40 meters behind the leaders, but caught up with everyone on the finishing stretch and clocked a heat-winning time of 1 minute, 48.48 seconds for the Gators.
Decatur fell behind after the first leg when the Gators leadoff runner, Anna Marie Anico, suffered a dislocated shoulder after slipping out of the blocks. She amazingly ran the 200 meters mostly stiff-legged and holding her right arm straight out at a 90-degree angle. After handing the baton to the Gators second runner, Anico collapsed on the ground in pain, clutching her shoulder.
Griffey, who has only failed to finish first in one race during her high school track career, also won the 200 meters with ease Friday in a time of 24.5. She placed second at last years state championships in the 200.
Decatur also got a strong performance from senior Becky Williams in the 1,600 meters. Williams finished in second place in 5:16.16 behind Sumners Katrina Drennen.
The Curtis girls won the sub-district team championship with 97 points over Tahoma (86.5). Jefferson, the regular season SPSL South co-champs with Curtis, finished fourth with 61 points and Decatur was fifth with 51. Federal Way ended up 14th and Beamer was 16th overall.
On the boys side, Federal Ways Victor Williams finished a solid second in the 200 meters in 22.78, followed by Beamers Mike Waller (22.98).
Auburn Riverside won the boys team title with 76 points over second-place Curtis (65.5). Federal Way finished fifth, Jefferson 13th and Beamer was 14th overall.
The West Central/Southwest District Track and Field Championships will kick off at 2 p.m. Friday at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma with field event finals. Running preliminary races will start at 3 p.m. and run until 8:10 p.m.
Saturdays action will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The top-seven placers in each event advance to the Class 4A State Championship Meet at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco June 3-4.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, firstname.lastname@example.org