Tyson Penn is state champion in the boys high jump and triple jump — again.
But this year, he won the two titles for a different school.
The Bellevue High School junior — who transferred from Federal Way after last season — finished first in the 3A boys triple jump at 47 feet, 43/4 inches and in the high jump at 6-8 at the Class 4A/3A/2A state track and field championships Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School.
Penn now has five state titles — three of them as an Eagle. He won the 4A boys high jump for Federal Way his freshman season at 6-8. Last year, as a sophomore, he won the high jump again at 6-9, and the triple jump at 49-2.
“He’ll always be from Federal Way, and he’s a guy that we’ll root for, but his story is what he’s doing now,” said Federal Way coach Chris Williams, who coached Penn for two seasons. “He’s not a former Federal Way kid, he’s a Bellevue kid, he just won a state championship for them.”
After Penn’s parents separated, his mother got a job in Bellevue, prompting the transfer.
“She thought that would be the right fit for us, and knew it would improve our lifestyle, so we just made the switch out there,” Penn said.
Penn considers his transfer to Bellevue a positive move, but is sentimental for his former school.
“I still love Federal Way,” he said. “I would love to see them win state today, and us win state, too. That would make my day. That would make today perfect.”
Penn didn’t quite get his wish.
The Bellevue decisively won the boys 3A meet with 58 points, but Federal Way — the two-time defending champion — took sixth in the 4A meet with 28.
“I feel like we’re kind of not the team we were the last two years,” said Federal Way junior Mason Salle, who won the 4A boys triple jump Friday. “But we still have that mentality of always wanting to win.”
Sallee was the only member of the Federal Way boys team to place first, earning the Eagles’ third consecutive title in the triple jump.
“When people who are as great as Tyson aren’t there, it forces somebody else into a position where they have to step up and be successful,” Williams said.
Peloquin takes second
Gig Harbor’s Brenna Peloquin finished second in the 4A girls 1,600 and 3,200 — she was the defending champion in the latter race.
In Saturday’s 3,200 final, Richland’s Lindsey Bradley picked up steam on the final lap to beat Peloquin by 2.57 seconds. Peloquin finished at 10 minutes, 33.23 seconds.
“You know what they say — second place, first loser,” she joked. “But that race, that’s all I had, so that’s why I’m happy.”
Peloquin also took second in Thursday’s 1,600 in 4:55.39. Issaquah’s Sami Corman outkicked Peloquin in the final 50 meters to squeak by with the title.
“If you race as hard as you can to that line, then I feel like a winner,” Peloquin said.
Not 100 percent
At the end of the 4A girls 300 hurdles, Federal Way’s Mariyah Vongsaveng — who won the event in 2012 — fell to the ground, and had to be carried to the trainer’s room. Vongsaveng, a senior, has battled a quadriceps injury all season, and finished eighth at 1:08.33.
“She had the quad thing, but the muscle strain from her hamstring came from just trying to overcompensate,” Federal Way girls coach Quinn Gillis said.
Emerald Ridge freshman Karlee Stueckle also struggled, as she nursed a 101-degree fever and cough early in the week. She took fifth at 44.42.
“I found out Sunday that I had a temperature and I was like, ‘Are you kidding me? That would happen,’ ” Stueckle said. “But my goal was to make it to finals, and I did that.”
Inglemoor’s Darhian Mills beat the meet record — 42.13 — in Friday’s preliminary at 42.06. Stueckle’s older sister, Kayla, set the former record in 2009. Mills won Saturday’s final at 42.13.