Federal Way High School track optimistic as they head to districts

The Federal Way High School track teams are feeling confident heading into this week’s district meet, which starts at 3:30 p.m. today and 11 a.m. on Saturday at Kent Meridian High School.

Both the boys and girls teams are defending state champs, and look to carry that experience into this week’s district meet and next week’s state meet at Mt. Tahoma High School.

“Things are looking good for the Eagle Track teams,” said boys head coach Chris Williams. “We have a number of athletes who are top ranked in the district and we have a great opportunity to send a lot of kids to the state meet.”

Williams conceded it won’t be easy to defend the state titles in both boys and girls, saying “there are two to three other teams that have a shot at winning as well.”

The prospects are looking good for Eagles track, with top performers in the state on both the boys and girls teams.

On the boys side, Tyson Penn recorded a season-high mark so far in 4A track and field with a high jump of 6 feet, 11 inches.

For the girls, Hanna Cunliffe has top times for the season in 4A in the 100 and 200 with a 11.40 and 24.53 respectively, while also being part of the top time 4x100 relay team of Tamara Richey, Mariyah Vongsaveng and Karis Cameron. That team set a mark of 47.53 earlier this season.

Tamara Richey is a talented jumper, recording top marks for the season so far with a 19-feet jump in the long jump and a 38-feet 4-inches effort in the triple jump.

The state meet will start at 3:20 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, and continue at 9 a.m. on Saturday and 9:30 a.m. on Sunday at Mt. Tahoma High School.

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