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Tracksters vault into district meet
By CASEY OLSON
The four Federal Way high schools will be well-represented at this weekends Class 4A West Central/Southwest District Track and Field Championships.
Several district athletes qualified for Friday and Saturdays meet at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma after finishing in the top-eight at the South Puget Sound League championships, which were held Wednesday and Friday at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.
The district meet kicks off at 2 p.m. Friday with field event finals. Running preliminary races start at 3 p.m. Field events start at 10 a.m. Saturday with running finals beginning at 11 a.m.
The Thomas Jefferson Raiders got a 1-2 finish in the boys triple jump. Senior Tim Satterwhite won the event with a leap of 44 feet, 8 3/4 inches, followed by teammate Abraham Kinlow (44-6 3/4).
Other top-three finishers on the boys side included Decaturs Desmond Vaeao in the discus (second, 148-10), Federal Ways Earnest Pooh Williams in the high jump (third, 6-3) and Decaturs Ezra John Griffey in the 200 (second, 22.24).
On the girls side, Princess Joy Griffey and Erika Hughes led the Gators to a second-place team finish behind Tahoma. The Gators tallied 75 team points, while Tahoma turned in 76.
Griffey, a three-time individual state champion, won her heat in the 200 meters in a time of 25.71. Griffey also anchored Decaturs 4x200 relay team to a fifth-place finish.
Hughes won the triple jump with a leap of 37-7 1/2 to outdistance Kentridges Lindsey Fleishman.
Other top-three finishers during Fridays SPSL meet included TJs Kelsey Racicot in the javelin (third, 108-4), Federal Ways Gillian Griffin in the 300 hurdles (third, 46.71) and TJs Kenna Patrick in the 1,600 (second, 5:07.36).
The top eight from the distance events and field events advance to next weekends Class 4A West Central District meet at Mount Tahoma. The two-day SPSL meet started on Wednesday and concluded on Friday. The top three from each heat, plus the next two best times in the sprints, 800, hurdles and relays also advance.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, firstname.lastname@example.org