Five things to watch in boys track and field
1 Kasen Williams looks to jump to perfection for Skyline Since his sophomore year, Kasen Williams' goal has been the same: Sweep the high...
By Mason Kelley
Seattle Times staff reporter
1 Kasen Williams looks to jump to perfection for Skyline
Since his sophomore year, Kasen Williams' goal has been the same: Sweep the high jump, long jump and triple jump at the state meet.
When I was a sophomore I didn't get it done and last year I was really close to getting it done and it didn't happen then, so this is my last shot, the Skyline senior said.
As a junior, Williams won the triple jump (47 feet, 6 inches), took second in the long jump (24-1 ¼) behind Curtis' Rahmel Dockery and finished second in the high jump (6-10) at the Class 4A state meet.
Dockery, a Washington State football recruit, and Williams, who will play wide receiver at Washington, have developed a friendly rivalry.
I saw him go 24-5 (in the long jump) and I was like, OK, Williams said. I started coming for him. I busted out that 24-3, so he knows I'm coming. He knows something else is coming from me.
2 Football standout Danny Shelton of Auburn eyes title in shot
While going through workouts to prepare for his freshman football season next fall at Washington, Auburn's Danny Shelton learned the importance of stretching.
I messed up my hamstring doing my UW workouts, so it took me like five weeks to heal it up, the senior said. Now I'm just trying to get back up there.
Shelton looked healthy Saturday, winning the shot at the Eason Invitational in Snohomish with a throw of 53-11.
My goal right now is to win shot and place high in disc, said Shelton, who was fifth in the shot and sixth in the discus at last year's 4A state meet. I'm doing pretty good for disc, so hopefully I'll do good at state.
3 Edmonds-Woodway senior is well-rounded Fellows
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Alec Fellows of Edmonds-Woodway made his mark on the 4A state meet last year, finishing fourth in the 110 hurdles, fifth in the long jump and fourth in the triple jump.
The versatile senior does a variety of events by design; he will compete in the decathlon for the University of Oregon.
He would like to win a state title in the 110 hurdles — he holds the state's fastest time this spring at 14.54 — and be competitive in the long jump. He said he won't compete in the triple jump at state, but hasn't figured out what he will replace it with.
It's fun, every now and then, throwing in a different decathlon event at the meets, hang out with new people, talk to new people and just have fun, Fellows said.
4 Justin Bennett returns to track as Renton senior
Renton's Justin Bennett is making up for lost time. The senior said he ran track as a freshman, but then gave up the sport.
I regret not running, he said. I could have had my name out there even more if I ran my sophomore and junior year. I'm just going to work on the opportunity I've got now.
So far, things are going well for Bennett, who has the state's fifth-fastest time in the 100 (10.89) and seventh-fastest in the 200 (22.33). He also anchors Renton's 400 relay, which has the state's second-fastest time this season (43.10).
It feels good to be back out here running, he said.
Kennedy Catholic's Darian Brooks holds the fastest time in the 100 this season at 10.69.
5 Damian Greene faster than his more famous father
Damian Greene always looked at track as a way to get in shape for football. However, as it turns out, he's pretty good at it.
The Skyline junior, whose father is former Husky and Seahawks receiver Danny Greene, is competing in his first high-school track season and has turned in times of 22.47 in the 200 and 11.10 in the 100.
My dad says I'm hands down way faster than him when he was my age, Greene said. That's always nice to hear, especially considering my dad was pretty highly recruited coming out of high school.