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April 24, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Saturday’s Shoreline Invitational draws top boys track and field athletes

The 34th annual Shoreline Invitational, the largest all-boys meet in the Northwest, is expected to draw more than 1,000 athletes from 78 schools to Shoreline Stadium Saturday. Events begin at noon.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students with ASB and $4 for seniors and children.

Here is some info provided in a press release:

34 years strong:  Shoreline Stadium will again host many of the best Boys track and field teams and individuals from around the state in the 34th Annual Shoreline Invitational scheduled for Saturday, April 27.  Field events are scheduled to begin at 12 noon, while the first running event is slated for 1 p.m.  77 teams and over 1,000 athletes are expected in the biggest all-boys invitational in the Northwest.

Great History in Shoreline:  This year’s meet is dubbed as the 34th annual meet. The meet first began in 1974 and continued through 1982. With the closing of Shoreline High School, the meet shut down from 1983-88. In 1989, the meet started up again under the name Thunderbird Invitational and has been going strong since.  The name was changed back to Shoreline Invitational in 1994, with both Shoreline high schools (Shorecrest and Shorewood) supporting the meet.

Can Federal Way get the Triple?:  In 33 previous years, no school has been more than a two-time champion: AC Davis (98,99) Blanchet (74,75), Cascade (96,97), Federal Way (2011,12) Lynnwood (78,93), Mariner (81,92), North Central (09,10),  and O’Dea (95,04).  Federal Way returns as the defending team champion, two years running, and looks to be the first team to win three team titles not to mention pull off the three-in-a-row trifecta.  Bellevue, Kentridge, North Central, O’Dea, and Wenatchee will give Federal Way a run for the hardware, as on paper all have a great chance of winning this year. It truly could be any team’s meet since many teams have the potential of placing multiple athletes in the same event. As mentioned, Federal Way dominated last year with 92 points, topping Bellevue (51) Liberty (34) and Skyline and O’Dea (29). All of last year’s top 10 teams return (Federal Way, Bellevue, Liberty, Skyline, O’Dea, North Central, Bothell, Kamaikin, Snohomish and Eastlake).

State’s Best Enter Here:  Of the 17 events that exist on the athletic.net state leader board, eight of the state leaders will be in attendance, in addition multiple events include 3 or more of the states top 10.  A hot event to keep an eye on is the pole vault that includes the state’s top 3 participants with marks all over 15-6, led by Nathan Hales Lev Marcus, with a states best 15-7. In addition, the boys 200 should be entertaining with 6 of the states top 10 including state leader Isaiah Brandt-Sims from Wenatchee with an entry mark of 21.33. Two more to keep an eye on are the Triple Jump with three of the states top four entered and the meet ending 1600 relay with the states top four teams in Shoreline. Other events with notable top 10 marks are here: 100 (1,10), 200 (1,5,7,8,9,10), 800 (1,2,6,8,9) 110H (4,7,8,10), 300H (4,10) 4×100 (2,3,5,9,10), 4×400 (1,2,3,4,8) Shot Put (2,6,7,8,9) Discus (2,4,7,8), High Jump (1,2,3,5), Pole Vault (1,2,3,7,8,9), Long Jump (2,6), and Triple Jump (1,2,4,9).  In addition, the meet includes a few non-traditional events (Distance Medley, Sprint Medley), and adds its own flavor as the only meet in the area with a scored Frosh/Soph 1,600 meter run. 

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