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Category: Track and Field


Efraimson emerges from loaded field to set 1,500 record at Lake Washington Invite

KIRKLAND – On paper, the 37th annual Lake Washington Invitational looked like a blockbuster of heavy-hitters – the best girls in Washington high school track and field going head to head.

From the schools represented, every track event coming into the meet – from the 100 meters to 3,200, to both hurdles races – featured the top two ranked participants in the state, based on season times.

Most of the time, the marquee matchups materialized – led by the star-studded 1,500 race, which featured three runners who broke the 32-year meet record at Mac Field.

In the end, talented Camas’

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Chambers wins first Arcadia Invitational title in 400 meters; goes 46.62

It seems that Foss High School’s Marcus Chambers knows not only when the big track and field meets are, but how to get up for them as well.

The Oregon signee won the boys’ 400-meter final at the 46th annual Arcadia Invitational in Los Angeles, recording the nation’s top high school mark this spring by winning in 46.62 seconds on Saturday night.

The odd thing wasn’t that he won. It was that he was seeded in lane 9 – the extreme outside lane.

“I was surprised, being the fastest guy in the nation from last year. Because everyone gave their

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Boys track primer: Can Chambers chase down Robinson’s longstanding 400 record?

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

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Girls track primer: Curtis has the speed, Bellarmine Prep and Gig Harbor have balance as 4A contenders

Girls team favorite
Since 2003, the Class 4A team title has been like a relay handoff among Curtis (won in 2003-04 and 2012), Bellarmine Prep (2005-06, 2009) and Gig Harbor (2007). All three schools return lots of state-placing firepower, and we give the Vikings the edge based on speedsters Kennadi Bouyer, Kenya Shakoor, Kira Perkins, Adreonia Bradley and their collective four state titles from last season.

Athlete to watch
Gig Harbor’s Courtney Jost is a jumping fiend. The reigning Class 4A triple jump champion (39 feet, 41/2 inches) has greatly improved her speed to be a threat in

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Keeping it green, Chambers signs track scholarship with the Oregon Ducks

The fastest, most dynamic high-school 400-meter runner alive was in complete slow-play mode Wednesday.

College decision day was a little more than a formality for Foss High School’s Marcus Chambers. Basketball and football players plan extravagant announcement ceremonies, so why shouldn’t he?

And he did, inviting his entire school to the theater building to watch him pick a hat off the table among the five finalists vying for his quick-twitching services.

In the end, he chose the school he dubbed “track city” – Oregon – over Baylor, Louisiana State, UCLA and Southern California.

“It has been a big weight for

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Track: Foss’ Chambers, Curtis’ Hightower shine at USATF Junior Olympics

Foss High sprinter Marcus Chambers and Curtis High highjumper Dakarai Hightower dazzled at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics last week at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md.

Chambers won the 400 meters with a time of 46.18 seconds. He won the sprint by nearly a full a second, which is incredible at this level of competition.

Chambers also placed second in the 200 and helped his team to second in the 4×400 relay.

Hightower took first in the high jump with a leap of 7 feet, 3 inches. Hightower won the Class 4A state title in May with a jump of 6-10.
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Track: Lakes’ Yorks qualifies for Junior World Championships in Spain

Lakes High’s Izaic Yorks placed second in the men’s 1,500 meters at the USA Track an Field Junior Outdoor Championships Sunday at the University of Indiana.

Yorks finished with a time of 3:46.67, just behind winner Austin Mudd of Wisconsin, who won in 3:46.50. Here are complete results.

According to Lakes coach Joe Clark, Yorks powered past three runners on the home stretch and secured a spot at the World Championships next month at Barcelona, Spain.
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