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Knight sprinters one step away
Bremertons Griffin, Hill lead charge.
BELFAIR Gliding around the track, Alex Griffin has sprinted to first-place finishes time and again throughout his career at Bremerton High School. A staple figure at the state championships, Griffin sports two of the states fastest feet.
In action yesterday and again today at the West Central District III 3A championships at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma, Griffin, a senior, is primed for his final postseason run.
Im just taking it one step at a time, he said of the march to state, scheduled for May 23-24 at Edgar Brown Memorial Stadium in Pasco.
Currently holding the states third fastest time in the 100-meter dash at 10.97 seconds, behind Kinsley Ojukwu of Union (10.83) and Anthony Wright of Lakes and Nick Roark of North Central (both 10.94), Griffin figures to vie for a state medal.
Ive been trying hard, he said of the past few weeks, a nagging hamstring injury hobbling him. Its been tough (dealing with the injury).
Finally healthy, Griffin competed last weekend at the 3A subdistrict championships, sweeping the 100 (10.97), 200 (22.58) and 400 (52.26). He also anchored the boys 400 relay team to a winning time of 43.17, ahead of second-place Olympic (44.30). The subdistrict meet was held at North Mason High School.
Coming up to this meet we were focusing on our handoffs and not dropping (the baton), Griffin said of the relay team, running last weekend to its best time of the year.
Finally in action after having to sit out the Olympic League championships due to disciplinary action, the 400 team now holds the fourth-best time in the state. Jamaree Wells, Chris Fleming and Jamiere Abney fill out the relay team.
While results from yesterdays district action were not available at press time, freshman Kyle Kennedy, who already has set the school record in the javelin, figured to contend for berth to state.
Kennedy launched a 169-foot-5-inch toss last weekend, good for first.
Wells, who took second in the triple jump at subdistricts, also looks to contend for an individual slot at state.
On the girls side, Jacki Hill continues to lead the charge. She won the 400 (58.97) and finished second in the 100 (12.81) and 200 (25.63).
Hill also teamed with Angela Anderson, Arianna Hernandez-Jones and Rosie Llewellyn to win the 1,600 in 4:22.42.
Anderson tied Port Angeles Lynn Hanley for first in the girls pole vault, flying to 9 feet flat. She also grabbed second in the 100 high hurdles (16.90).
Another contender on the girls side, Stephanie Himmelsbach notched second- and third-place finishes in the 300 low hurdles and 100 high hurdles respectively, with times of 48.89 and 17.55.
Districts culminate today with the second day of championship action beginning at 9 a.m.