T-birds eager for Eason

  • Charlie Laughtland<br>Enterprise writer
  • Thursday, February 28, 2008 10:44am

SHORELINE — Despite two sizable wins in a pair of four-team Western Conference 4A South Division meets, the Shorewood girls track team hasn’t approached full speed.

Thunderbirds coach Cecil Jackson is hoping that will change starting at this weekend’s Eason Invitational in Snohomish.

“We haven’t been in any big meets yet other than racing Shorecrest,” Jackson said. “Anytime we go against Shorecrest, that’s a big meet for us because they’re a very talented girls program. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do this weekend.”

Shorewood has outscored the crosstown Scots twice this season. Running on their home track, the T-birds compiled 90.5 points to pull away from Shorecrest (73), Everett (72.5) and Jackson (40) last week.

Depth was the difference for the T-birds. Shorewood’s only event champions at the April 17 meet were senior Tiffany Passi in the 3,200 and the 400-meter relay team.

“We still haven’t hit our stride on the track yet. But we’ve had a couple of breakthroughs,” Jackson said, pointing to senior Lea John and freshman Kim Gladow in the 800.

Just as Jackson suspected, the Shorewood boys have been paced by their distance runners.

“They look good and they’re going to carry us,” he said. “We’re looking forward to watching those guys do their thing.”

Other standouts thus far for the T-birds have been senior Jeff Tegman in the pole vault and sophomore Tyler Dobbs in the javelin.

Jackson expected a few injured athletes to return this week, including sprinters Hilary Zetlan, Anthony Miranda and Zach McCallister and distance specialist Ryan Johnson.

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