Zeke McNeal sets blistering pace for Federal Way | Track and Field
The Eagles senior got his fourth victory of the two-day SPSL 4A championships by running the fastest time in the 200 meters
Seattle Times staff reporter
KENT — Zeke McNeal runs to win.
Otherwise, what's the point?
The Federal Way senior capped a perfect meet at the SPSL 4A track and field championships Friday at French Field by winning his heat of the 200 in 21.99 seconds, the fastest time of the day (no finals were contested in races 800 meters and shorter). On Wednesday, the first day of the meet, McNeal swept the 100 and 400 and was also part of the winning boys 400 relay.
He isn't afraid to tell you he wants to do the same thing at state, too.
"I want to win the 4, I want to win the 2 and I want to win the 1," he said. "My goals have always got to be high. I might not get it, but at least I'm trying to get close. You can't shoot for second."
Especially when your team is shooting for first place as well.
"I want to win the state title for our whole team, is what I really want to do," McNeal said, "and personally I want to win every race I run."
He may drop the 100 in favor of the 1,600 relay if the team needs him to, but the Eagles did just fine without him in that event Friday, winning in 3:23.20 with Aaron Persinger, Tremaine Rambo, Jason Palmer and Mike Tate handling the baton.
No team scores are kept in the league meet, but Federal Way demonstrated its firepower. Persinger won the 300 hurdles Friday after finishing fifth in the 110s Wednesday. Keenan Curran topped the triple jump field by more than a foot, sailing 46 feet, 8 ½ inches (he leads the state at 46-11 ¼). The Eagles got other victories Wednesday from Tate (long jump), Tyson Penn (high jump) and Mitch Stewart (1,600).
On the girls side, Kennadi Bouyer of Curtis shares McNeal's zeal — and then some. She has her sights set on winning her three individual events at state, and doing so in record fashion.
Boyer is the defending state champion in the 100 and 200 and hopes to add the long-jump title, sweeping all three at the SPSL meet (upping her state lead in the long jump to 19-3). But she won't have a chance to repeat in the 400 relay as the team was disqualified Wednesday after a baton drop.
That drives her even more.
"I don't want to just win," said Bouyer, who has signed with Ole Miss, "I want to PR, I want to set records."
• One of the top performances of the meet came from junior ShaRaya Quinn of Emerald Ridge, who tore through the 300 hurdles in a state-best 42.81, cutting more than a second and a half off her previous best. Federal Way sophomore Miriyah Vongsaveng, who had the top 100 hurdles time Wednesday, won her heat in 44.78.
• Tucker Mjelde of Tahoma cleared 14 feet to win the pole vault. He has gone 14-6 this season. Teammate Dalles Hayes edged Albert Havili to take the discus, 162-8 to 162-5.
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