Both fresh off sizzling performances at marquee out-of-state invitational track meets, Foss High’s Marcus Chambers and Tumwater’s Andrew Brown were prepared to really push each other in the 400-meter event Saturday at the Tacoma Invitational.
Although that matchup didn’t materialize at a wet and windy Lincoln Bowl, both sprinters did put on a good show.
Chambers, an Oregon signee who recorded the nation’s top high school 400-meter mark this spring (46.62 seconds) in winning the boys’ final at the 46th annual Arcadia Invitational in Los Angeles last weekend, chose to compete Saturday in the 100- and 200-meter events.
“From being at Arcadia and running so fast so early, my coaches didn’t want me to run too many 400s too early because I have a long season, even after state,” Chambers said.
Running the 100 for the first time in nearly two years, Chambers clocked a 10.80 finish to win the title.
“Running the 100, it just helps with my speed for the 200 and 400,” he said. “I just wanted to see what I could do.”
The Foss senior came back later in the day and edged Brown in the 200 as well, finishing with a time of 21.44 to Brown’s 22.05.
Brown, who clocked a personal best time of 48.31 in the 400 in late March at the Stanford Invite in California, ran a 49.00 Saturday.
“I was expecting a little faster time,” Brown said. “I wasn’t feeling that great today. At least I got the win. You should always be able to run through everything but this wind and rain was bad, and I was cold before. The wind was really bad over at the 200 mark. I just tried to run through it.”
Chambers and Brown likely will face each other again this month at the Shelton Invitational.
“We like running against each other,” Brown said. “We’re pretty competitive. We’re also friends; so it’s cool that we get to talk to each other.”
In the girls hurdles events, Emerald Ridge junior ShaRaya Quinn continued her strong season, capturing titles in the 100- (14.85) and 300-meter hurdles (45.20). Her performance in the 300 — even in the windy conditions — was a personal best for the season.
White River’s Devin Liebel swept the boys hurdles events, clocking a 14.51 in the 110-meter event and running a 38.67 in the 300 meters.
Other winners included Tumwater’s Brooke Feldmeier (400 meters; 57.41) and Gig Harbor’s Wolfgang Beck (1,600; 4:21.48) and Tristan Peloquin (3,200; 9:18.13).
Federal Way took home the boys team title (168 points), while Gig Harbor (127) won the girls title.