Griffey easily runs away with state sprint crowns


The Mirror

Princess Joy Griffey is the best female sprinter in the state of Washington. There’s no arguing that.

And she still has another year left of high school.

The Decatur junior cruised to a pair of titles at Friday and Saturday’s Class 4A State Track and Field Championships at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco. Griffey won her second consecutive 100-meter title and claimed her first 200 championship after finishing in second last year as a sophomore. That race is still the only individual loss of her high school career.

Griffey blew away the competition in both race finals Saturday afternoon.

She won her second 100 championship in a time of 11.79 and won the 200 in a blazing 24.15. Curtis’ Teri Cheatham finished second in both races, well back of Griffey.

The Decatur junior also dazzled again in the anchor leg of the 4x200 relay Saturday afternoon. Griffey’s run helped the Gators finish sixth with a time of 1:44.66.

Griffey’s performances on the track helped lead the Gators to a ninth-place finish as a team with 23 points. Bellarmine Prep won the state team title with 73 points.

Decatur's other individual qualifier, senior Becky Williams, failed to make the final Saturday in Pasco. Williams finished up in eighth place in her 800-meter heat Friday. Williams ran a time of 2:28.61.

A pair of freshmen girls — Beamer’s Jordyn Woodke and TJ’s Jennifer Wamsley — picked up good experience in their first state meets. Woodke finished 14th in the triple jump with a leap of 33 feet, 2.75 inches and Wamsley was 14th in the high jump at 4-10.

On the boys’ side, Federal Way sprinter Victor Williams finished up in fifth place in the 100-meter final Saturday. Williams, a junior, ran a time of 11.29. Kentwood’s Kenjamine Jackson won the event in 11.06.

Williams failed to make the final in the 200 and the Federal Way 4x100 relay team also didn’t finish in the top-eight during Friday’s preliminary heats.

Williams, a linebacker on the Eagles’ football team, should be a Division I gridiron recruit in the fall.

The Todd Beamer 4x100 relay team finished a solid sixth Saturday in a time of 43.47 and Jefferson senior Joe DeWaard finished 15th in the javelin (152-11).

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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