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Federal Way boys, girls sweep | 4A Track and Field
The Eagles ran away with the boys championship and squeaked past Curtis for the girls title, giving retiring coach Sam Beasley a going-away gift.
Special to The Seattle Times
TACOMA — Aaron Persinger's Class 4A state track championships had a silver lining.
The Federal Way senior was set up for a big finale in the hurdles before he tweaked his hamstring during the district meet a week ago.
Persinger qualified for state, but couldn't challenge for a title. But his fourth-place finish in the 300 intermediate hurdles on Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School contributed to a bigger win — the boys team title.
Federal Way, despite having its 400 relay disqualified at districts, won going away anyway, 90-51 over runner-up Wenatchee.
The girls team title came down to the final relay. Richland, the only school among the top six with a 1,600 relay in the final, failed to win the event, giving the girls team title to Federal Way, as well. The Eagles had 42 points to 41 for Curtis.
"That's nothing to complain about," Persinger said. "We were trying to send coach off with the title."
Sam Beasley, a longtime football and track coach at the school, is retiring after this season.
"We went down and won the Oregon Relays earlier this year," Persinger said. "We wanted to send him off with a good set of titles."
Persinger also contributed in the 1,600 relay, erasing a 10-meter deficit on the third leg to give the Eagles the lead on the final baton pass. Federal Way couldn't hold on against top-seeded South Kitsap, however. The Wolves won in 3 minutes, 18.39 seconds. The Eagles were second at 3:18.99.
There were electrifying performances all over the track on Saturday.
Camas junior Alexa Efraimson, who on Thursday set a 4A girls meet record in the 1,600, watched as 3A Glacier Peak's Amy-Eloise Neale tied the overall state-meet record of 2:08.61 in the 800 previously held by Rogers of Spokane's Becca Noble (2005) in the 3A final. Five minutes later, Efraimson had lowered that mark to 2:08.17 in the 4A final.
She took it in stride.
"I want to do well here," Efraimson said. "But I also have races left beyond this."
Efraimson was talking about her summer season. But she could have been discussing the next two years, as well.
As a sophomore, though she already holds state-meet records in her events, there is more to accomplish. There is the overall state record in the 800, for instance, of 2:03 set in an invitational by Noble.
"I am hopeful," Efraimson said. "I could potentially get there if I keep training as hard as I can. I know that time is very fast. I need to focus on what I'm doing."
• Curtis senior Kennadi Bouyer, bound for Ole Miss in the fall, began her day with a splendid anchor leg on the winning girls 800 relay (1:41.10). She followed that up with runaway victories to defend her titles in the 100 (11.96) and 200 (24.84).
• Kevin Hall (38.28) and Bralen Westendorf (38.3) ran 1-2 in the boys 300 hurdles for Kentridge.
• Woodinville senior Chandler Olson successfully defended her girls 3,200 title in 10:32.03.