Foss’ Chambers vows to run faster

Contributing writerMay 19, 2013 

SHELTON — The wind was strong in the faces of runners along the frontstretch, which slowed times but did little too deter Marcus Chambers or the sprint crew from Lakes in their last stop before the state meet.

Chambers, the Foss High School senior who is top-ranked nationally in the 400 meters, was a double individual winner at the West Central/Southwest 3A bi-district meet Saturday at Shelton High School.

The top six placers advanced to the state 3A meet Thursday through Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School.

Prairie High of Brush Prairie near Vancouver won the boys team title with 106 points. Kelso claimed the girls title with 96 points.

As expected, no one pressed Chambers in the 400 and 200. He won the 400 in a wind-slowed time of 47.98 seconds, which fell short of his meet record 47.74 from 2012, and cruised to a mark of 22.36 in the 200.

“It was all right,” Chambers said of his 400 effort into the wind. “We’ve just got to push through it and see what we can do.”

How low can he go?

“Next week I’ll hit 45,” he said.

Kathleen Ballweber, a Lakes junior, will move on to state in four events. She was all grins after she and her Lancers teammates – Emily Eberlein, Xiana McCorkle and Sade Daniel – won the 4x200 relay in 1:45.09, more than a second faster than the quartet’s previous season-best time.

“I’m so proud of our relay,” Ballweber said.

Earlier, Ballweber claimed second place in the long jump with a personal-best leap of 17 feet, 91/4 inches. She came back later as the favorite in the 300 hurdles and won going away in 46.27. She also anchored the Lancers’ second-place 4x400 relay team.

Kevin Thompson of Lakes will head to state in the 100-meter dash for the third consecutive year after his winning effort against the wind of 11.13 seconds, which was slower than his preliminary time.

Thompson, a senior who will attend South Dakota School of Mines and Technology next school year, also led off the Lancers’ second-place 4-by-100 relay team (43.43), which included DeLon Russell, Luis Roque and Xzavier Weston (who will also be going to state in the 100 meters after a fourth-place finish).

James Sivonen of Wilson was the Rams’ only individual winner, powering to victory in the 300 hurdles in 40.47. TJ Randle of Lincoln was third in 40.95.

Host Shelton’s top performer was javelin thrower Courtney Hansen, who fell short of her personal best in the event but claimed a ticket to state with a second-place throw of 111 feet, 9 inches. Hansen will attend College of Great Falls (Montana) to throw the javelin.

James Jasperson, a North Thurston junior, tried to double up on his Friday victory in the 1,600 meters with a win in the 800, but finished second with a time of 1:58.9, behind Chris Scharer’s winning time of 1:57.39 for Auburn Mountainview.

“I would have liked to win it,” Jasperson said. “I’ll beat that guy next time.”

Among South Sound boys teams, Wilson was fourth in team scoring with 52 points, Lincoln fifth with 44.5, Lakes sixth at 42, North Thurston 11th with 23, Timberline 13th with 17, Decatur 14th with 15 and Shelton 15th with 14 points.

Among girls teams, Decatur was third with 62 points, Lakes seventh with 43, Peninsula ninth with 34, Timberline 10th with 31.5, Wilson 12th with 23, Shelton 13th with 21.33, Lincoln 14th with 20, North Thurston and Bonney Lake tied for 16th with 10 and Tahoma 18th with six points.


Olympia’s Sofia Kane took first in the 3,200, setting personal and school records with a time of 10:48.45.

“I was pretty happy,” Kane said. “It was just really nice to break the school record. That’s something I’ve been aiming to do this season. I was happy with how it turned out.”

Kane has qualified for the state meet in the 1,600 and the 3,200.

Chris Wells contributed to this report.

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