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STATE TRACK AND FIELD: Federal Way relay sets all-time state record; Adams, Roland, Gates all finish second

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Federal Way's Ezekiel McNeal gets ready to start the 400-meter final at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma Saturday at the Class 4A State Track and Field Championships. McNeal helped the Eagles set a state record in the 4x400 relay.
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Click here to view a Flickr slideshow from Friday and Saturday's Class 4A State Track and Field Meet from Mount Tahoma High School.

You don't want to make Federal Way High School's 4x400 relay team mad.

Because when that happens, the team of Ezekiel McNeal, Maurice McNeal, Robert Shelby and Trenton Pinson becomes the fastest 4x400 relay team in the history of Washington state track and field.

The foursome shattered the 28-year-old state record in the 4x400 relay during a Thursday preliminary race in a time of 3:15.26 at Star Track XXVII at Mount Tahoma High School. The old record of 3:16.09 was set by Wilson in 1982.

Two days later, the Eagles ran away with the state title in the same event in Tacoma, winning in 3:15.66.

The state title came a week after the same foursome were disqualified from the 4x100 relay at the West Central District Meet. The Eagles were also hoping to set the state record in the 4x100 relay before being disqualified.

Making Saturday's state title even more impressive is the fact that just a couple hours before the 4x400 final, Shelby was laying on the Mount Tahoma track after being knocked unconscious during the 300-meter hurdles final. Shelby hit his head on the track and stayed down for over five minutes.

The relay win, along with individual performances by Ezekiel McNeal, Maurice McNeal, Shelby and Pinson, helped the Eagles finish in a tie for fifth place in the team standings. Mead of Spokane swept the boys and girls team titles. The Panthers shattered the boys scoring record Lincoln set in 1974. Mead totaled 82.5 points and finishing more than 40 points ahead of second-place Skyline. Mead’s girls totaled 65 points and Rogers was second with 47.

Maurice McNeal, who won multiple state championships at Tacoma Baptist High School before transferring this year to Federal Way, finished second in the 400 meters in a time of 48.20 and was seventh in the 200 (22.72).

Pinson's hard luck at the state team continued in the 100-meter final Saturday. Pinson ended up in third place after a photo finish said that Woodinville's Anthony Nguyen won a three-way race that also included Spanaway Lake's Anthony Rathbun. The three appeared to cross the finish line at the same time, but after several minutes, it was revealed that Nguyen (11.28) was first, followed by Rathbun (11.30) and Pinson (11.30).

It was at last year's state meet that Pinson also lost a photo finish in the 100-meter final to Beamer's Duran Ward to finish second in the event.

Freshman Ezekiel McNeal finished eighth in the 400-meter final (49.67) and Shelby entered the 300-hurdle final as the state leader in the event, but collapsed midway down the backstretch and didn't finish the race.

Jefferson's Kayla Adams couldn't defend her state championship in the shot put Friday morning under rainy and cold conditions at Mount Tahoma High School.

Adams, who entered the state meet as the state leader in the event, finished second to Mead freshman Courtney Hutchinson. Hutchinson uncorked her winning throw of 42-6 3/4 early and Adams ran out of throws. The TJ junior finished at 42-3 1/2.

Adams ended up finishing fifth in the discus with a throw of 124-8. Eisenhower's Jessica Bush won the title with a throw of 137-1.

In other action at the state meet:

• Federal Way junior Jaleecia Roland finished with a personal-best in the high jump Saturday afternoon, but it wasn't enough to unseat Wenatchee's Audrey Ketcham.

Roland finished second with a leap of 5-7, compared to Ketcham's 5-8 jump. The Federal Way junior was coming off a win at the West Central District Meet with a leap of 5-4.

Roland also finished in sixth place in the triple jump at the state meet with a leap of 37-5 3/4.

• Federal Way freshman Majarae Gates finished her first state meet in impressive fashion with a second-place finish in the 100 meters Saturday. Rogers' Kishia Mitchell outleaned Gates at the wire to win the race by just .01 of a second. Mitchell finished in 12.50 and Gates was right behind in 12.51.

• Federal Way junior Jasmine Johnson failed to qualify for the 800-meter final by finishing ninth in Friday's prelims. Johnson ran a 2:20.43.

• Jefferson sophomore Lindsey Dahl had a busy weekend in Tacoma. Dahl competed in three events at the state meet, finishing eighth in the triple jump with a leap of 36-5 1/4, ninth in the javelin with a throw of 117-0 and 14th in the 300-meter hurdles (47.85).

• The Todd Beamer girls 4x100 relay team of Emma Cortes, Mercedes Sullivan, Sydney Rogalia and Mackenzie Hickel finished 12th in the preliminary round Friday, failing to qualify for the finals. The Federal Way team of Tiara Fuller, Bianca Arizpe, Chantel Dixon and Gates were 14th.

• Thomas Jefferson junior Chase Braxmeyer finished in eighth place in the 3,200 meters Thursday at the state meet. Braxmeyer ran a 9:18.96.

• Jefferson senior Scott Sanford finished an impressive fourth in the 300-meter hurdles Saturday in a time of 38.82. The race was a personal best for Sanford and the first time he has ran under 39 seconds. Sanford also finished 11th in the triple jump (42-10 3/4).

• The Jefferson 4x100 relay team finished 14th in preliminary races in a time of 44.79. The team consisted of Michael Sallee, Sanford, Aaron Jeong and Jaden Sand.

• Jefferson senior Matt Barner finished 12th in the pole vault with a leap of 13-0.

• TJ's Sallee ended up 11rh in the long jump with a leap of 21-3 1/4. Curtis' Rahmel Dockery won the event with a leap of 24-1 1/4. Salle also finished 15th in the triple jump (41-7 3/4).

Boys track and field

Class 4A state meet at Mount Tahoma H.S.

Team scores — Mead 82.5, Skyline 38, Wenatchee 35, Tahoma 32, Ferris 27, Federal Way 27, Woodinville 26, Spanaway Lake 24, Pasco 20, Central Kitsap 20, Cascade (Everett) 18, Eastlake 16, Curtis 15, Edmonds-Woodway 14, AC Davis 14, Inglemoor 13, Stanwood 13, Bellarmine Prep 12, Rogers (Puyallup) 12, Lewis and Clark 11, Gig Harbor 10, Auburn Riverside 10, Kent Meridian 10, Skyview 10, Walla Walla 9, Auburn 9, Jackson 9, Emerald Ridge 8, Snohomish 8, Kentwood 8, Moses Lake 7, Kelso 7, Olympia 7, Heritage 6, Kamiakin 6, Puyallup 6, Jefferson 6, Marysville-Pilchuck 5.5, Mount Tahoma 5.5, Foss 5, Arlington 5, Richland 4, Redmond 4, Shelton 4, Chiawana 3, Bothell 3, Eisenhower 3, Mariner 3, Kamiak 2, Shorewood 2, Lincoln 2, Monroe 2, Gonzaga Prep 2, Central Valley 1, Kentlake 0.5.

FINALS

Discus — 1, Derek Eager, Tahoma, 179-10; 2, Sam Wright, Mead, 167-2; 3, Timothy St. Marie, Cascade, 149-11.

High jump — 1, AJ Marichich, Mead, 7-0; 2, Kasen Williams, Skyline, 6-10; T-3, Rahmel Dockery, Curtis, 6-4; T-3, Jeremy Black, Mead, 6-4; T-3, Brandon Search, Pasco, 6-4.

Triple jump — 1, Kasen Williams, Skyline, 47-6; 2, Levi Taylor, Lewis and Clark, 46-11; 3, Tay'lor Eubanks, Cascade, 46-1.25.

110 hurdles — 1, Casey Monahan, Mead, 14.82; 2, Cory Okazaki, Emerald Ridge, 15.03; 3, Garrett Gerling, Walla Walla, 15.04.

Javelin — 1, Derek Eager, Tahoma, 207-10; 2, Quinn Hale, Bellarmine Prep, 200-9; 3, Sean Keller, Heritage, 191-5.

Long jump — 1, Rahmel Dockery, Curtis, 24-1.25 (won jump-off); 2, Kasen Williams, Skyline, 24-1.25; 3, Jacob Sealby, Wenatchee, 22-9.25.

Pole vault — 1, Curtis Flolid, Woodinville, 15-3; 2, Marcus Schooley, AC Davis, 15-0; 3, Michael Martinez, AC Davis, 14-3.

300 hurdles — 1, Wes Bailey, Mead, 38.2; 2, Robert Hanke, Stanwood, 38.5; 3, Jeff Sloat, Eastlake, 38.72.

100 — 1, Anthony Nguyen, Woodinville, 11.28; 2, Anthony Rathbun, Spanaway Lake, 11.3; 3, Trenton Pinson, Federal Way, 11.3.

200 — 1, Marques Avery, Pasco, 21.81; 2, Jacob Sealby, Wenatchee, 22.05; 3, Anthony Rathbun, Spanaway Lake, 22.09.

400 — 1, Jacob Sealby, Wenatchee, 47.78; 2, Maurice McNeal, Federal Way, 48.2; 3, Lucas Sealby, Wenatchee, 48.63.

800 — 1, Justin Zimmerman, Ferris, 1:54.35; 2, Tim Pettit, Kentwood, 1:55.89; 3, Jess Jorgensen, Puyallup, 1:55.17.

1,600 — 1, Shane Moskowitz, Central Kitsap, 4:09.67; 2, Adam Thorne, Ferris, 4:10.44; 3, Kenny Krotzer, Auburn Riverside, 4:10.94.

400 relay — 1, Spanaway Lake, 42.39; 2, Mead, 42.48; 3, Skyline, 42.73.

1,600 relay — 1, Federal Way, 3:15.66 (meet record); 2, Eastlake, 3:19.86; 3, Skyline, 3:19.98.

Girls track and field State championships

At Mount Tahoma H.S.

Team scores — Mead 65, Rogers (Puyallup) 47, Tahoma 42, Inglemoor 39, Emerald Ridge 36, Kentwood 35, Garfield 22, Wenatchee 21, Auburn Riverside 20, Skyline 19, Stanwood 19, Federal Way 19, Gig Harbor 18, Southridge 17, Eisenhower 15, Joel Ferris 14, Pasco 14, Kent Meridian 13.8333, Olympia 13.5, Issaquah 13, Jefferson 13, Bethel 10, Walla Walla 10, Central Valley 10, Lake Stevens 10, Woodinville 10, Mountain View 9, Heritage 9, Oak Harbor 9, Marsyville-Pilchuck 8.33333, Kentridge 8.33333, Skyview 8, Shorewood 8, Chiawana 7, Curtis 7, Shelton 6, Edmonds-Woodway 6, Stadium 6, Lincoln 5, Eastmont 4, Bothell 3, Kentlake 3, Battle Ground 3, Kelso 3, Central Kitsap 2, Newport (Bellevue) 2, Redmond 2, Cascade (Everett) 2, Mount Tahoma 2, Arlington 1, Mountlake Terrace 1, South Kitsap 1.

FINALS

Shot put — 1, Courtney Hutchinson, Mead, 42-06.75; 2, Kayla Adams, Jefferson, 42-03.50; 3, Bev Coleman, Bethel, 40-4.

Discus — 1, Jessica Bush, Eisenhower, 137-01; 2, Natalie Kyllo, Ferris, 132-08; 3, Alexa Lindseth, Ferris, 129-02.

Javelin — 1, Jamie Weisner, Walla Walla, 135-01; 2, Shannon Johnson, Central Valley, 133-10; 3, Shelby Ellsworth, Chiawana, 125-02.

High jump — 1, Audrey Ketcham, Wenatchee, 5-08; 2, Jaleecia Roland, Federal Way, 5-07; 3, Nichole Jones, Rogers (Puyallup), 5-04.

Long jump — 1, Kayla Stueckle, Emerald Ridge, 18-01; 2, Brittany Werner, Gig Harbor, 17-04.75; 3, Tess Parent, Inglemoor, 17-01.25.

Triple jump — 1, Bianca Walton, Tahoma, 39-05.25; 2, Tess Parent, Inglemoor, 38-10; 3, Shantae Young, Oak Harbor, 38-06.75.

Pole vault — 1, Tasha Clark, Mead, 12-00; 2, Kelsey Bueno, Kent Meridian, 12-00; 3, Rebecca Turnbow, Auburn Riverside, 12-00.

100 hurdles — 1, Kayla Stueckle, Emerald Ridge, 14.81; 2, Tate Latimer, Tahoma, 15.14; 3, Andrea Smith, Southridge, 15.30.

300 hurdles — 1, Kayla Stueckle, Emerald Ridge, 42.34; 2, Rachel McQuivey, Skyview, 43.60; 3, Amber Dodd, Skyline, 44.64.

100 — 1, Kishia Mithell, Rogers-Puallup, 12.50; 2, Majerae Gates, Federal Way, 12.51; 3, Holly DeHart, Kentwood, 12.62.

200 — 1, Holly DeHart, Kentwood, 25.35; 2, Kishia Mitchell, Rogers (Puyallup), 25.51; 3, Kayla Stueckle, Emerald Ridge, 25.60.

400 — 1, Kishia Mitchell, Rogers (Puyallup), 56.21; 2, Jazmine Redmon, Mead, 57.23; 3, Brenna Thompson, Shelton, 57.98.

800 — 1, Baylee Mires, Mead, 2:15.46; 2, Erin Johnson, Shorewood, 2:17.47; 3, Lynelle Decker, Mountain View, 2:17.52.

1,600 — 1, Baylee Mires, Mead, 4:53.52; 2, Anna Dailey, Garfield, 4:54.75; 3, Marisa Vader Malle, Pasco, 4:58.44.

3,200 — 1, Anna Dailey, Garfield, 10:28.91; 2, Marisa Vader Malle, Pasco, 10:40.98; 3, Natasha Verma, Stanwood, 11:00.31.

400 relay — 1, Tahoma 48.43; 2, Inglemoor 48.61; 3, Southridge 48.64.

800 relay — 1, Rogers (Puyallup) 1:42.10; 2, Tahoma 1:42.62; 3, Kentwood 1:42.91.

1,600 relay — 1, Mead 3:55.94; 2, Woodinville 3:58.61; 3, Stadium 3:59.27.

Long jump — 1, Kayla Stueckle, Emerald Ridge, 18-1; 2, Brittany Werner, Gig Harbor, 17-4.75; 3, Tess Parent, Inglemoor, 17-1.25.

100 hurdles — 1, Kayla Stueckle, Emerald Ridge, 14.81; 2, Tate Latimer, Tahoma, 15.14; 3, Andrea Smith, Southridge, 15.30.

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