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Tracksters excel at Junior Olympics
The Federal Way Track Club finished up a solid summer season last week at the United States National Junior Olympics Track and Field Championships in Indianapolis. The club, coached by Darryl Genest, had three runners place in the top-10 in the nation at the prestigious meet.
David Goldstone, a 10-year-old Federal Way resident who attends Spring Valley Montessori school, ended up fifth in the Bantam (9- to 10-year-old) division in the 1,500 meters in a time of 5:06.4. He also finished ninth in the 800 in a time of 2:33.4. Goldstone won both races at the Track City International Meet in Eugene, Ore. earlier this summer.
Decatur High School senior-to-be Becky Williams ended up in third place in the 2,000-meter steeple chase in Indianapolis in a time of 7:43.4. Williams also broke the Region 13 (Washington, Oregon) steeple chase record for Young Women (17-18) at a July 10 meet at Eastern Washington University and also broke the meet record at Track City in Oregon in the event.
The third Federal Way Track Club athlete to finish in the top-10 was Michael Chinchar. Chinchar, a 17-year-old Kentwood High School student, placed second in the 1,500 in a time of 3:59.05 and sixth in the 5,000 meters (15:43.4).
Another former Federal Way Track Club runner is excelling on the international scene. Auburn High School graduate Chris Lukezic recently ran at the World Championships in the 1,500 meters and finished ninth in his semifinal heat, missing qualifying for the eight-man final by .5 seconds.