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Originally published Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 12:00 AM

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Prep notebook: Pasco track meet attracts returning state champions

Jacqua Williams of Rainier Beach is among the returning state champions expected to compete in the Pasco Invitational track and field meet...

Seattle Times staff reporter

Jacqua Williams of Rainier Beach is among the returning state champions expected to compete in the Pasco Invitational track and field meet Saturday at Edgar Brown Stadium.

Williams, who swept Class 3A state titles in the 100 meters, 200 and long jump last spring, is entered in the 200 with Becca Noble from Rogers of Spokane. Noble won the 200 and 400 at the 4A state meet.

Noble is also expected to run the 400. She won the 400 at Pasco last year in a meet-record 54.93 seconds and was second in the 800 behind Everett's Cori Moore, earning the Outstanding Female Athlete award. Moore, who ran a meet-record 2:14.42 in the 800, will defend her title.

Devin Brooks of Holy Names, who won the state 3A 100 hurdles championship as a freshman last year, is scheduled to run that event Saturday. Liberty junior Kara Bennett, the reigning 3A state champ in the high jump, will compete at Pasco as well.

The boys competition features Rashad Toussaint from West Valley of Spokane. He set an all-time state record in the triple jump last week at 50-8 ¾. He is also entered in the long jump.

Bothell's Terry Johnson is top-seeded in the 200 at 25.1, while Chase Mancuso of Kamiak is listed No. 1 in the discus (184-0.

Tacoma sports banquet set

John Best and Doris Severtson Brown are among dozens of former athletes, coaches, officials and administrators who will be inducted into the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame during the Banquet of Champions May 7 at the Tacoma Dome.

Best is a former head coach of the Seattle Sounders who made his niche in Tacoma by founding Tacoma Indoor Soccer Inc., the parent company behind the Tacoma Stars of the Major Indoor Soccer League.

Brown, a graduate of Peninsula High School in Pierce County, was a phenomenal track and cross-country runner, setting two American records while at Seattle Pacific University and running in two Olympic Games.

Tickets for the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m., are $30 (including dinner) and available by calling Marc Blau at 253-848-1360.



A seminar, "Coaching for Competence and Character" featuring speakers Marv Harshman, Bruce Brown and Frosty Westering, will be Saturday from 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Bellevue Christian High School.

The cost is $40 and coaches may earn four WIAA credit hours. For more information, contact Bellevue Christian High School.

Times staff reporter Craig Smith contributed to this report.

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