Federal Way High School’s Marcus Eubanks approaches the finish line in the boys 40-by-100-meter relay last Saturday in the state championship track meet. Federal Way won the event and set a school record. RACHEL CIAMPI, the Mirror

Federal Way High School’s Marcus Eubanks approaches the finish line in the boys 40-by-100-meter relay last Saturday in the state championship track meet. Federal Way won the event and set a school record. RACHEL CIAMPI, the Mirror

Federal Way Eagles take flight, roll to state 400-meter relay title

Eric Jones, Anthony Frazier, Treyvon Davis and Marcus Eubanks set a school record in the event.

Marcus Eubanks released a smile and a grimace as he crossed the wire, baton tightly in his left hand.

Bringing home a state title in the 400-meter relay finals brought relief and pain to the Federal Way junior sprinter and his teammates.

Eubanks joined senior leadoff Eric Jones, sophomore Anthony Frazier and junior Treyvon Davis to blister the oval in a school-record 41.9 seconds at the 4A track and field championships at Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma High School on Saturday.

“It feels very good. It feels extraordinary,” said Eubanks, who gimped to see the trainer with a tight hamstring after his swift anchor leg. “We were confident from prelims, having the top time. … Today, I knew we had it because I got the baton faster than my competition.”

Jones said the foursome’s baton exchanges have been smooth all weekend, and it showed in Saturday’s final.

“We put in all this hard work all year. All of our handoffs were perfect,” Jones said. “I’m glad we made it through to finish first. … It feels amazing. I’m proud of my teammates.”

The Eagles’ sprint relay performance punctuated a series of strong podium finishes for the Federal Way schools.

Eubanks earlier scrambled to sixth in the 300 hurdles (39.28). He was eighth in the 200 (22.85).

Frazier grabbed fifth in the 100 (11.04).

In girls events, Todd Beamer’s 400 relay of Dallas Wright, Kinidy Dayley, Madison Heck and Kemarra Hardwell picked up a fourth in 49.22.

Eagles junior Esther Brutus clipped a hurdle and finished seventh in the 300 intermediates (45.42).

“I didn’t fall down. That was the best part,” Brutus said. “I was happy just to go to the finals, to make it this far.”

Earlier, Brutus teamed up with Veronica Black, Amira Bolaji and Makiya Worthy to make the podium in the 800 relay (1:44.9, eighth).

Elsewhere

A leg injury sidelined Todd Beamer’s Kobe Okezie in the hurdles competition. Okezie pulled up lame in the 300 prelims, forcing him out of action. A contender for a top-three finish in either hurdle race, Okezie was the meet’s top qualifier in the 110 prelims. … Todd Beamer’s AJ Chopra just missed the podium in the 1,600 (4:23.76, 12th) and 3,200 (ninth, 9:18.55). … Federal Way’s Zayani Duncan Graves was fourth in the triple jump (37-2¼). … Heck, a sophomore, was seventh in the 100 hurdles (14.76). … Thomas Jefferson’s Jeremiah Duckworth took fourth in the triple jump (45-9). … The Titans’ Andrew Welsh was seventh in the shot put (48-9). … Decatur’s Andres Diangco got seventh in the 110 hurdles (15.28).


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Federal Way High School’s Marcus Eubanks released a smile and a grimace after winning the state title in the 4-by-100-meter relay last Saturday. RACHEL CIAMPI, the Mirror

Federal Way High School’s Marcus Eubanks released a smile and a grimace after winning the state title in the 4-by-100-meter relay last Saturday. RACHEL CIAMPI, the Mirror

Esther Brutus of Federal Way High School took seventh place in the girls 300-meter hurdles at the state meet. RACHEL CIAMPI, the Mirror

Esther Brutus of Federal Way High School took seventh place in the girls 300-meter hurdles at the state meet. RACHEL CIAMPI, the Mirror

Thomas Jefferson High School’s Jeremiah Duckworth got fourth place in the boys triple jump at the state meet. RACHEL CIAMPI, the Mirror

Thomas Jefferson High School’s Jeremiah Duckworth got fourth place in the boys triple jump at the state meet. RACHEL CIAMPI, the Mirror

Federal Way High School’s Anthony Frazier, left, finished fifth in 100 meter and eighth in the 200 at state. RACHEL CIAMPI, the Mirror

Federal Way High School’s Anthony Frazier, left, finished fifth in 100 meter and eighth in the 200 at state. RACHEL CIAMPI, the Mirror

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