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James Mwaura
Lincoln High School

    When you learn of the accomplishments of Lincoln high’s James Mwaura, it will come as no surprise that he has been selected the TAC Male Athlete of the Year in Tacoma. Better make that Pierce County. Better make that all of Puget Sound. Better make that all of the state of Washington. Better make that all of the United States of America. James is fast, you see, as fast as they come, and he can run forever.

    Listen to these stats: he posted the nation’s best time for 3200 meters at 8:46.47. That broke the state record and the WIAA State Track & Field meet record. He is this year’s state champion in the 1600 and 3200 and he also won the state Cross Country championship in the Fall. He is the most decorated Cross Country and Track & Field runner in Washington state history. He is a two-time state champion in Cross Country and a 4-time state champion in Track. He also has won 9 league championships and 9 district championships.

    James was named Gatorade Cross Country runner of the year in the state of Washington, earned All-American status in Cross Country and finished 4th in the Nike National Championship in Portland. James also is the Border Clash champion (Oregon vs. Washington) and holds school records in both the 1600 and the 3200. He’s a two-time team captain, and he’s received every team award at Lincoln high – Most Improved, Most inspirational, Coaches award and D.A.D. (Dedication, Attitude, Desire). Yes, he’s been voted distance runner of the year in the Pierce County League for the past two years.

    What do his coaches feel about him? Listen to these comments: “He is a better person than he is a runner and you can see by his achievements that he is a pretty good runner!” In 26 years of coaching at Lincoln high his coach says that James has been the most talented and humble athlete he’s ever had as a coach. Where is James going to college? Gonzaga University alums are delighted to announce that he will be representing the Bulldogs in Spokane. Coach Pat Tyson could not be happier there. (And, to date, we have not received word that he is going to continue living in Tacoma…and he will run to school every day!). Our Tom Names Salute to Sports is proud to claim James Mwaura of Lincoln high as our Scott Names Male Athlete of the Year. Oh yes, there’s a $10,000 college scholarship “at the ready.”