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Locals punch ticket to 4A district meet | Prep track and field
Five Auburn Riverside athletes will compete for state berths at this week's West Central District III/Southwest District 4 Track and Field Meet at French Field in Kent.
Seniors Joshua Turner, Artem Deyneka, Isiah Tiangson and Rachel Covey and junior Brittni Williams shined at last week's South Puget Sound League 4A sub-district meet at French Field.
The district meet begins at 3:30 p.m. Friday and continues at 11 a.m. Saturday at French Field. The top-seven finishers qualify for the May 30-31 state 4A meet at Mount Tahoma Stadium.
Turner earned his way to the district meet with 15.02-second performance in the 110-meter hurdles, good enough for fourth place. Rogers of Puyallup's Eric Simpson won the event in 14.29.
Turner also moved on in the triple jump with a fifth-place leap of 43 feet, 2 1/4 inches. Federal Way sophomore Tyson Penn won the event with a distance of 47-7 1/2.
Deyneka finished seventh in the javelin (141-9). Tahoma senior Denham Patricelli, the defending 4A state javelin champion, won the event (176-5).
Tiangson qualified in the 800 (1:53.37).
For the Auburn Riverside girls, Covey earned a spot in the 800 with an eighth-place finish (2:24.08). She also will compete in the 1,600.
Also qualifying in two events was Williams, who finished fifth in the long jump (17 feet, 3 1/2 inches). She also was fifth in the triple jump (36-6). Williams has competed in both events at the state meet the last two years.
Federal Way senior Ta'Mara Richey won the triple and long jumps with distances of 38-4 and 19-0, respectively.
From Auburn, junior Masai Matthews earned a berth in the triple jump (41-8 1/2, eighth).
Senior Josh Callero moved on in the 400 (51.24). Avery Wade will represent the Trojans in the high jump (5-10).
Senior Daniel Frunchak was eighth in the shot put (47-2), and senior Bronson Marks earned a berth in the javelin (139-6).