Boys team favorite
Loaded for bear, this is Federal Way High School’s time to try and win its first Class 4A state track and field title. The Eagles took 10 underclassman participants to last year’s Star Track, and eight of them were state placers. Their speed with Ezekial McNeal, Michael Tate, Kerson Lubin, Jeremiah McNeal, Tremaine Rambo and Aaron Persinger will be tough to topple.
Athlete to watch
Defending Class 3A 400-meter champion Marcus Chambers, of Foss High School, boasts the top returning time (46.18 seconds) in the nation. He earned that mark in winning the USATF National Junior Olympics last summer. Earlier this month, Chambers signed to run at the University of Oregon – and said he wants to break Wilson High star Darrell Robinson‘s national record of 44.69.
Other top athlete
4A – Wolfgang Beck, Gig Harbor, Jr. (1,600, 3,200); LaForrest Church, South Kitsap, Sr. (800); Albert Havili, Federal Way, Sr. (discus, shot put); Abu Kamara, Kent-Meridian, Sr. (110 hurdles); Ezekial McNeal, Federal Way, Sr. (100, 200); Mike Tate, Federal Way, Sr. (100, 200, long jump).
3A – Marquin Russell, Lakes, Sr. (200, 400); Kevin Thompson, Lakes, Sr. (100, 200).
2A – Craig Allen, North Mason, Sr. (110 hurdles); Andrew Brown, Tumwater, Sr. (400); DeJuan Frye, River Ridge, So. (100, 200); Devin Liebel, White River, Sr. (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles); Daniel Zmuda, Steilacoom, Sr. (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles).
1A – Alexander Moore, Charles Wright Academy, Jr. (100, 200).