King's boys capture second straight title



TACOMA -- By a margin of 50 points, the King's boys track team wrapped up the 1A state championship for the second year in a row with a score of 96. Coupeville came in fourth with 35.5 points.

"We only lost two runners from last year's state team," said King's coach Dante Gouge. "We knew we had a lot of points coming back and we just needed to come back and perform well and we did."

King's junior Josh Fuller, who nursed a hamstring injury for much of the season, earned a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.70 seconds. He finished second in the 200.

"He battled injuries all year but he got healthy at the right time," said Gouge.

King's won its first state title in the 400 relay when Jean Blatchford, Bryan Ayers, Fuller and Tony Yakovich finished in 43.28 seconds.

Also for King's, Sean Brugger and Austin Dean finished second in the 110 and 300 hurdles, respectively.

Coupeville's Kyle King ran the 3,200-meter in nine minutes, 43.24 seconds to successfully defend his state title from 2007.