Congratulations to the athletes of West Seattle High School‘s track-and-field program for their achievements at the Metro championships this week. The report is from head coach Will Harrison:
The Metro League Championships were held this past Wednesday and Friday at Southwest Athletic Complex, featuring the 17 largest Seattle-Area schools. The West Seattle squad walked away from the Metro championships with 3 individual Metro titles and 2 school records.
The West Seattle boys team placed 5th at the Metro championships. West Seattle junior Cass Elliott swept Metro titles in the 110m high hurdles (15.47 seconds) and 300m intermediate hurdles (39.82; video below).
He has maintained his No. 1 state ranking in the latter event since early this season. This feat was made even more astonishing considering that inbetween racing to his 2 titles, with very short recovery, he placed 3rd in the 400-meter dash in 49.62 seconds to better his own school record. This is the 3rd time Elliott achieved a school record this season, having set the previous 400 record of 49.84 on April 20th, as well as the javelin-throw record of 151 ft at the Nike Eason Invite on April 22nd. In all, Elliott contributed 26 of West Seattle’s 49.5 points at Metros.
Senior Abdullahi Ali continued a breakthrough year, placing 5th in the 100-meter hurdles (4 points, 15.87 seconds) as well as 9th in the 300-meter hurdles (43.5 seconds), advancing to districts in both events.
The 4 x 100 meter relay team of freshman Kahlel Kelley, senior Miles Hairston, sophomore Lucas Bower, and sophomore Rylee Farrison picked up a 7th-place finish, and 2 points, with a time of 45.22 seconds. Farrison also placed 7th in the 400 final (51.58) for another 2 points.
West Seattle throwers came up big at the Championships. Senior Caden Snodgrass placed 3rd in the discus throw and 8th in the shot put, and junior Joe Kirk-Woodbury took 4th in discus throw and 5th in shot put. In all, Snodgrass and Kirk-Woodbury contributed 17.5 points for West Seattle. Both athletes advanced to the Districts.
(Cunliffe setting the all-time Washington sophomore class record at the Pasco Invite back in April)
On the girls’ side, West Seattle placed 10th, led by sophomore Chloe Cunliffe. Cunliffe, who has maintained the No. 1 state ranking since early April, won a Metro League title in the girls pole vault with a jump of 12 feet, 3 inches. At Metros, she also competed in long jump, placing 5th with a jump of 16 feet, 9.25 inches. This is Cunliffe’s first season of high-school track.
Sophomore Grace Sarver, also in her first year of high school track, raced to 6th in the girls’ 100-meter hurdles final (17.22 seconds) and 3th in the 300-meter hurdles final (47.94 seconds). Her prelim time of 47.70 seconds broke Kris Tollefson‘s old school record of 48.73 seconds from 2012.
Junior Symmone Davis raced to a 7th place finish in the 100 meter hurdles (18.10 in finals, 17.45 in prelims).
Two girls’ relay teams advanced to Districts – the 4 x 200 meter relay squad of Davis, sophomore Bellie Suttora, junior Sierrah Bettin, and freshman Marissa Rackner placed 9th in 1:52.40 seconds; the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Sarver, Rackner, Bettin, and junior Gabrielle Rackner placed 10th in 4:25.70 seconds
Full results are here. West Seattle HS will be in action next at the District Meet on Friday, May 19th, at Southwest Athletic Complex.