Track and Field: Federal Way boys finish third at Shoreline Invite, win four events

The Federal Way boys track and field team is going to be a force to be reckoned with at the Class 4A State Meet later this month in Tacoma. The Eagles proved that Saturday.

Federal Way finished in a strong third place at the prestigious Shoreline Invitational. North Central from Spokane and Skyline tied atop the standings at the 55-team competition. Both teams tallied 51 points, compared to 46 by Federal Way.

But the Eagles, who are also unbeaten during the South Puget Sound League dual meet season, won four events during the invitational. The four event wins was the most by any school at the meet.

The Federal Way team of Ezekiel McNeal, Trenton Pinson, Robert Shelby and Maurice McNeal broke the meet record in the 4x100 relay in a time of 42.10. The Eagles' relay team broke the record that was set by O'Dea in 2004. The O'Dea team covered the 400-meter distance in 42.23.

Federal Way's time Saturday is easily the best mark in the state this season. Kent-Meridian has the second-best time, nearly a half-second behind the Eagles.

The same Federal Way foursome also won the 4x400 relay at the Shoreline Invitational in a state-best time of 3:20.57. The Eagles' time was nearly a second better than Skyline.

Pinson also won the 100-meter dash in an impressive time of 10.88. Pinson finished second in both the 100 and 200 at last year's state championships and will play football at Eastern Washington University in the fall.

Federal Way's other win in Shoreline came from Maurice McNeal in the 400 meters in 48.37, which is the second-best 400 run in Class 4A this season.

Thomas Jefferson finished up in 25th place at the Shoreline Invitational thanks, in large part, to Michael Sallee. The senior finished second in the long jump with a leap of 21-3.

The meet is considered to be the largest all-boys event in the Pacific Northwest.

Girls Track

Federal Way, Jefferson and Beamer all had impressive performances at Saturday's Lake Washington Invitational. The Eagles finished eighth, TJ finished 10th and Beamer ended up 23rd overall at the 55-team invitational.

Jefferson's Kayla Adams was impressive in winning the shot put in Kirkland. The junior won with a toss of 44-4 3/4 and finished fourth in the discus with a throw of 122-4. Adams won the Class 4A state championship in the shot put last year as a sophomore.

Federal Way's Tiara Fuller won the 300 hurdles by a sliver over Skyline's Amber Dodd. Fuller finished in 45.86 and Dodd was second at 45.88. Eagle junior Jaleecia Roland ended up third in the high jump with a leap of 5-2 and freshman Marjerae Gates was third in the 100 (12.29).

In dual meet action:

The Decatur boys outlasted the Curtis Vikings Thursday, 79-66, in University Place to earn their first South Puget Sound League Central Division victory of the season.

Decatur (1-3) picked up a pair of individual wins from Isaac Ochoa in the 200 meters (22.82) and 400 (51.81) and dominated the field events against the Vikings.

The Gators got first-place finishes from Cameron Warriner in the pole vault (10-6), Drew Thompson in the high jump (5-8), Andrew Jowett in the discus (135-3), Jordan Wernet in the shot put (42-11), Tre Kelly in the 110 hurdles (16.56) and Junior Choun in the 300 hurdles (44.13). Decatur also won the 4x100 relay in 44.77.

On the girls' side, the Gators were beaten by Curtis, 91-59. Decatur (2-2) got a pair of victories from Tori Zellerhoff in the 1,600 (5:43.73) and the 3,200 meters (12:08.6), Alaina Butler in the long jump (16-4) and 100 hurdles (17.62) and Victoria Braun in the pole vault (7-6) and 300 hurdles (51.13). Decatur's other win came from Leah Johnson in the 200 (28.94).

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