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Category: Track and Field


Chambers goes 46.36 in final 400 race for Foss High School at Star Track

Donning a dark Foss High School warm-up suit and a huge wintery knitted beanie, senior Marcus Chambers made his way to the infield at Mount Tahoma Stadium a couple hours before his 400-meter race.

Mostly, he bounced around, loosening up with a look of supreme confidence. Something great was about to happen at Star Track XXXI. He knew it. He felt it.

To end his prep career, Chambers got going in a hurry right after the gun. With 125 meters to go, nobody in the Class 3A finals’ field was around him. He would have to carry this one home

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Springfest links: Closing in on busiest high school sports weekend of the season

Greetings! Clouds again today, and hoping we are in the home stretch of the rainy weather. Lots of WIAA tournaments greatly affected by it – both in performances and schedules.

* This week, the TNT published its All-Area teams for baseball, fastpitch and boys’ soccer. Kentwood catcher Reese McGuire was the MVP for baseball, Emerald Ridge pitcher Meagan Hendrix was the player of the year for fastpitch and Jefferson forward Isidro Prado-Huerta got the MVP nod in boys’ soccer.

* Yours truly delved into a growing issue in track and field – why nobody likes the

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State track and field primer: Will anybody chase down Federal Way boys in 4A race

Class 4A, 3A, 2A (Star Track XXXI) at Mount Tahoma Stadium, Tacoma
Class 1A, 2B, 1B at Roos Field, Cheney

Schedule: For 4A, 3A, 2A – Session I Thursday begins at 3:30 p.m. Session II Friday begins at 9 a.m. Session III Friday begins at 1:15 p.m. Session IV Saturday begins at 9:30 a.m. For 1A, 2B, 1B – Session I Friday begins at 10 a.m. Session II Saturday begins at 10 a.m.

2012 boys’ team champions: 4A – Gig Harbor. 3A – Bellevue. 2A – Ephrata. 1A – Hoquiam. 2B – Riverside Christian. 1B – Valley Christian.


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Liebel, Allen spoil Zmuda’s day in hurdles at Class 2A West Central District track meet

Score one for the hungry challengers Saturday at the Class 2A West Central District track and field championships.

The rarest of events occurred – Steilacoom High School’s Daniel Zmuda was shut out in the finals of both hurdles races at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.

In the 110-meter hurdles, White River’s Devin Liebel blasted out of the blocks and easily won in a state-leading time of 13.98 seconds – easily a personal-best mark.

And about 90 minutes later, North Mason’s Craig Allen went out aggressively in the first turn, came around the bend in the lead and never looked back

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Federal Way boys’ 4×100 relay team disqualified at 4A West Central District meet

When asked early Friday to handicap the Class 4A state boys’ track and field team championship race at next weekend’s Star Track, one head coach succinctly replied, “It’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

Well suddenly after the first day of the West Central/Southwest District championships at French Field in Kent, the dwarfs look a bit taller.

Based on its long list of impressive invitational victories this season, the Federal Way High Schools boys came into the postseason as the school to beat across the state.

State championships are not won on paper, and in a matter of minutes, the

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Weekend schedule for West Central/Southwest Bi-District track for 4A, 3A, 2A

CLASS 4A at French Field, Kent
Day 1: Friday starting at 3:30 p.m.
Day 2: Saturday starting at 10 a.m.
Berths to Star Track: Top eight in each event.
Tickets: $7 for adults, $5 for students or seniors, $4 for children.

CLASS 3A at Highclimber Stadium, Shelton
Day 1: Friday starting at 1:40 p.m.
Day 2: Saturday starting at 10 a.m.
Berths to Star Track: Top six in each event.
Tickets: $7 for adults, $5 for students or seniors, $4 for children.

CLASS 2A at Sunset Chev Stadium, Sumner
Day 1:

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This week’s 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A league track and field championships schedule

at French Field, Kent

Schedule: Today from 3:30 p.m. until 7:40 p.m. Friday from 3:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Berths to districts: Nine.

Tickets: $7 for adults, $4 for students, $2 for senior citizens and children.

at Sunset Chev Stadium, Sumner

Schedule: Thursday from 3:30 p.m. until 7:15 p.m.. Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5:15 p.m..

Berths to districts: Seven.

Tickets: $7 for adults, $4 for students, $2 for senior citizens and children.

at Sunset Chev

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Last meeting in 400 meters goes to Chambers at Shelton Invitational

SHELTON – Two of the state’s elite 400-meter runners – Foss’ Marcus Chambers and Tumwater’s Andrew Brown – squared off for the final time on a high school track Saturday.

Because both compete for different classifications, Chambers in Class 3A and Brown in Class 2A, large invitationals like Saturday’s 53rd edition of the Shelton Invitational are when the two friends get to race off against each other.

Chambers easily won the 400 in 48.31 seconds, running the one-lap race for the first time since achieving a personal-best time of 46.62 at the Arcadia Invitational in California April 6.


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