Federal Way boys take leap forward | 4A Track and Field
Kennan Curran and D'Londo Tucker finished 1-2 in the triple jump and freshman Tyson Penn won the high jump for the title-hopeful Eagles.
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TACOMA — For most teams, the disqualification of a state-leading relay the week before the state meet would be devastating. For the Federal Way Eagles, the DQ of their 400-meter relay a week ago at the district meet is just another challenge.
"Now that it's kinda 10 points out the door, we've just got to compensate," jumper Kennan Curran said Friday at the Class 4A state championships.
"When it first happened, we were kind of struggling," teammate D'Londo Tucker added. "Everybody needs to do better than what they would have."
Curran and Tucker stepped up big for the Eagles on Day 2 at Mount Tahoma High School. The pair finished 1-2 in the triple jump, staking Federal Way to the early team lead in its quest to dethrone last year's champ, Gig Harbor.
Curran and Tucker went back and forth during the triple jump competition.
"He (Tucker) set the tone with his first jump," Curran said. "That got me going, and we just kept competing from there."
Curran won and earned 10 team points with his leap of 46 feet, 1 ¼ inches. Tucker's jump of 45-1 ½ got him second and eight points.
"He knew if anybody was going to beat him, it was going to be me," Tucker said.
Curran will come back on Saturday to compete in the long jump alongside teammate Michael Tate, who took fourth in the event here a year ago.
Could there be a double win in store for Curran?
"I wasn't really focused on that," Curran said. "I knew all year I wanted to win state in the triple jump. Michael (Tate), that's his event. But I'd like to go out and do something, and hit the podium."
Garfield's Baileh Simms did more than just hit the podium in the girls long jump. The senior topped her personal record by more than a foot to surprise the field and win the state title at 19-8.
"I really wanted it," said Simms, smiling from ear to ear. "I've just been visualizing it, saying it. I wanted that 19. It's what I'd been reaching for, and I went more than that."
Simms' previous best was 18-5, in April at the Lake Washington Invitational. She had an early jump on Friday at 18-4 after qualifying with a 17-2 at bi-districts a week ago.
Then she hit one nearly perfectly.
"I knew it was a good one," Simms said. "I hit the board, kept my legs up. Then I took a breath, turned around and was, 'Oh, wow.' "
Simms' big jump relegated event favorite Kennadi Bouyer of Curtis to second place.
"I'm just glad Kennadi was there," Simms said. "She's been my competition for years. She really pushes me. I don't think I could have done this without her there."
• Freshman Tyson Penn added points for Federal Way when he won the high jump at 6-8. Meanwhile, Eagles sophomore Mariyah Vongsaveng won the girls 100 hurdles in 14.55 seconds.
• Arlington's Dan Boyden led the boys discus competition at 176-2 until Damon Unland uncorked a 185-5 effort for Ferris on his final throw. Boyden finished second.