Federal Way tracksters roll on to state


The Mirror

The Federal Way school district will be taking a strong contingent across the mountains Friday and Saturday for the Class 4A State Track and Field Championships at Pasco’s Edgar Brown Stadium.

But there will be one big omission who won’t be competing this weekend. Decatur’s Princess Joy Griffey, one of the best sprinters in the history of Washington state, failed to qualify after being forced to sit out of the West Central/Southwest District Meet after suffering from a viral infection. Griffey, who swept the 100- and 200-meter individual titles at last year’s state meet and won the 100 in 2004, didn’t even attend the two-day meet at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma.

Griffey is the district record holder in both events and holds the sixth-fastest mark all-time in the 100 (11.72) and eighth-fastest in the 200 (24.15). Griffey will run at Washington State University in the fall.

But even without Griffey, the Gators’ girls still walked away from the district meet with a couple individual championships. Erika Hughes rolled to the triple jump title with a leap of 38 feet, 1 inch. A mark that was six-and-a-half inches clear of Olympia’s Sara Klein.

Amanda Stewart also captured the high jump championship with a jump of 5-5 on Saturday. Stewart, who also won the South Puget Sound League title, will receive the district’s No. 2 seed behind Klein. Klein also cleared 5-5 at districts, but did it with fewer missed attempts.

The Todd Beamer boys 4x100 relay team continued their impressive season by winning the West Central/Southwest District title. The team of Josh Waller, Mark Pridgeon, Justin Drayer and Jason Johnson remained unbeaten on the year in a time of 43.03.

“This is a huge feat for these guys,” said Beamer head coach Scott Haines. “They are all stand-up guys that have exhibited amazing sportsmanship and passion these last two years.”

Jefferson’s Sofia Malamura and Kenna Patrick, Federal Way’s Gillian Griffin and Decatur’s Ezra John Griffey will all be competing in a pair of events in Pasco. Malamura finished up in the second place in the girls discus (124-7) and third in the shot put (37-7 1/2), Patrick was fourth in the 1,600 (5:10.90) and third in the 3,200 (11:00.68), Griffin was seventh in the girls 100 hurdles (16.02) and fifth in the 300 hurdles (47.26) and Griffey ended up fifth in the boys 100 (11.39) and fourth in the 200 (22.96).

Other girl state qualifiers were Decatur’s Becky Williams in the 800 (fifth in 2:22.07), TJ’s Alison Horne in the javelin (seventh, 110-1), Beamer’s Jordyn Woodke in the triple jump (eighth, 34-7 1/2), Beamer’s Gena Woodke in the shot put (fifth, 36-10 1/2), and the TJ 4x200 relay team (eighth, 1:49.28).

Boys’ qualifiers also include Federal Way’s Viktor Gruy in the pole vault (second, 13-6), TJ’s Phillip Bennett in the 200 (eighth, 23.51), TJ’s Tim Satterwhite in the triple jump (fifth, 44-5) and Decatur’s Desmond Vaeao in the discus (sixth, 154-0).

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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