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Hughes, Beamer relay team end up a close second

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

Erika Hughes and the Todd Beamer 4x100 relay team were so close Saturday to snaring a pair of state championships.

But both Hughes and the Titan relay team finished up with silver medals at the Class 4A Star Track and Field state championships at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco.

Hughes finished just a quarter inch behind Olympia’s Sara Klein in the triple jump. Klein won with a leap of 37 feet, 8 1/4 inches. Saturday’s results at Star Track were a reversal of what happened at last week’s West Central/Southwest District meet.

Hughes easily won the district triple jump championship with a jump six and a half inches clear of Klein. Hughes had jump of 38-1 at districts.

The Beamer relay team was just as close in the 4x100 relay in one of the most competitive races in recent memory.

The Titans were outleaned at the finish line by the team from Skyview High School. Skyview won the state title in a time of 42.50. Beamer finished just .02 of a second behind. In total, all eight teams in the 4x100 relay final heat finished within .67 seconds of each other.

The Titan team of Josh Waller, Mark Pridgeon, Justin Drayer and Jason Johnson hadn’t lost a race before the state championship. Beamer won its preliminary heat on Friday in a time of 42.82.

Hughes and the Beamer relay team weren’t the only state placers from the Federal Way school district at Friday and Saturday’s Star Track competition in Pasco.

On the girls’ side Jefferson’s Kenna Patrick finished up in seventh place in the 3,200 in a time of 10:58.28 and Decatur’s Amanda Stewart ended up with an impressive fourth-place finish in the high jump with a leap of 5-5. Stewart was one of four jumpers to clear 5-5. Skyview’s Jasmine Kelly won the event with a leap of 5-6.

Other state placers from the Federal Way school district on the boys’ side were Decatur’s Ezra John Griffey in the 200 meters (fifth, 22.43), Jefferson’s Tim Satterwhite in the triple jump (eighth, 44-1 1/2) and Decatur’s Desmond Vaeao in the discus (eighth, 143-3).

Other state qualifiers from Federal Way who failed to get out of qualifying rounds were Decatur’s Becky Williams (800), Gena Woodke (shot put) and Jordyn Woodke (triple jump), Jefferson’s Phillip Bennett (200) and Alison Horne (javelin) and Federal Way’s Viktor Gruy (pole vault) and Gillian Griffin (100 and 300 hurdles).

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, sports@fedwaymirror.com

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