Titans run away with West Central District title

The Todd Beamer High School boys track and field team is truly unblemished this season.

Todd Beamer High School senior Josh Waller (middle) runs a preliminary race in the 100 meters Friday afternoon at the West Central District Track and Field Championships at Mount Tahoma High School. Waller will compete at Friday and Saturday’s state championships in the triple jump.

The Todd Beamer High School boys track and field team is truly unblemished this season.

The Titans dominated the South Puget Sound League South Division with a perfect 7-0 record. Beamer then rolled to the overall SPSL championship last weekend at Sumner’s Sunset Chev Stadium. Beamer can now add the West Central District team title.

The Titans dominated Friday and Saturday’s Class 4A West Central District Championships at Mount Tahoma High School. Beamer finished with 65.5 points, 15.5 points ahead of Kentwood. Federal Way, Bethel and Wilson finished in a tie for third.

Up next is the Class 4A State Track and Field Championships, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco. The top six finishers in each event during the district meet qualified for state.

Winning the West Central District team title has been a pretty good omen during the past three Class 4A State Track and Field Championships. Gig Harbor rolled to the boys track and field titles in 2007 and 2005, and the Wilson Rams won the 2006 state championship.

Beamer senior Marty Fuller snared the Titans’ lone individual district title by winning the shot put with a throw of 53 feet, 11 1/2 inches. Fuller, who will play running back on the Central Washington University football team in the fall, also finished second in the discus with a toss of 159-10.

The Beamer 4×100 relay team also won a district title when it uncorked the fastest time in the state this season on Saturday. The Titans beat Mount Tahoma in a time of 42.51.

Other Beamer qualifiers for the state meet include Duran Ward (fourth in the 100 meters, sixth in the 200), Justin Drayer (fourth in the 200), Anthony Hogan (third in the 110 hurdles, sixth in the 300 hurdles), Josh Waller (second in the long jump) and Evan Cook (third in the discus).

The Federal Way boys will be taking six to Pasco. Gregger Highberg finished fourth in the 110 hurdles (15.18) and third in the 300 hurdles (40.27), Robert Shelby was second in the 300 hurdles (40.20), Andre Barrington ended up fourth in the triple jump (44-1), Ian Tevis was fifth in the triple jump (43-8 3/4), Andru Pulu finished fifth in the shot put (48-4 1/4) and Miles VanZee was fourth in the pole vault (12-6).

Jefferson’s state qualifiers included Wylie Johnson (fifth in pole vault), Ronnielle Battles (fourth in long jump) and Trenton Pinson, who finished fifth in the 100 (11.25) and second in the 400 (50.46).

Decatur’s lone representative at state will be senior Justin Englund. Englund finished second in the 1,600 in a time of 4:19.46 and third in the 3,200 (9:27.05).

On the girls’ side, Jefferson’s Sofia Malamura and Kayla Adams led a very impressive performance by the Raider girls Friday and Saturday at Mount Tahoma.

The TJ girls finished up in fourth-place overall behind district champion Bellarmine Prep. But Jefferson did qualify seven individuals for the state meet, with six of them being in field events, led by district championships by Malamura and Adams.

Malamura won the discus with a toss of 121-9 over Spanaway Lake’s Cassie Whitehead (121-1) and Adams finished fourth (117-11). Adams also won the shot put with a throw of 39-4 1/2. Malamura finished second with a toss of 39-2 1/2.

Other state qualifiers from Jefferson include Unique Taufa’asau (fifth, shot put), Kendra Ansotigue (third, javelin), Jennifer Wamsley (third, high jump), Amy Colvin (sixth, pole vault) and Stephanie Cox (sixth, 300 hurdles).

The Federal Way girls will be taking three individuals along with a pair of relay teams over the mountains to the state meet. Jacqie Evenson qualified in a pair of events Saturday at Mount Tahoma. The junior finished second in the 300 hurdles in a time of 45.71 and fourth in the 100 hurdles (15.56). Freshman Brittany Barrington finished sixth in the discus (108-2) and Jeleecia Roland ended up sixth in the triple jump (36-0 1/2).

The Eagles 4×200 relay team picked up the West Central District championship with an impressive time of 1:44.17 and their 4×100 team ended up second behind Bellarmine in 49.46.

Beamer’s lone individual qualifier was Irene Devera in the 300 hurdles. Devera finished fourth in a time of 46.61. The Titans’ 4×200 relay team finished sixth and will also run at state.

Federal Way resident Kelly Jacka has an ultra-impressive district meet. The Bellarmine Prep junior won titles in the 100, 200 and 400 at Mount Tahoma to lead Bellarmine to the team title. Jacka attended Nautilus Elementary and Sacajawea Middle School.

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

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