TRACK & FIELD: WSHS update as district competition continues today

May 20, 2016 2:55 am
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More post-season high-school sports tonight at Southwest Athletic Complex, as the district track and field meet continues. From the West Seattle High School coaching team, Doug Cooper updates us on the opening night Wednesday and looks ahead to tonight (Friday):

Head Track & Field Coach Will Harrison’s Wildcats did more damage to the school’s record books Wednesday evening at SWAC Track. In what may have been the most thrilling race of the day…the WSHS Boys 4×400 Relay team broke their own school record by running the second-fastest qualifying time of the day of 3:27.41…PR’s splits across the board for all relay team members (Rylee Farrison, Miles Hairston, Chaaka Trahan and Cass Elliott), sophomore anchor Cass Elliott ran a brilliant come-from-behind split of 49.3 seconds to secure first place in their qualifying heat. This 4×400 team is an exciting group of over-achievers who are looking to qualify for a shot to compete for a State Title in Tacoma next week.

WSHS Girls did some damage on the Field Events side as Natalie Fuller used a 5 inch PR jump of 16’5 feet in the LJ to qualify herself for next week’s State Championship meet in Tacoma. Fuller is also one of the top Triple Jumpers in the State and looks to qualify in that event Friday night at SWAC also. Meanwhile, Junior Maggie Cooper busted out a 6-inch PR of her own in the Pole Vault. Her 10’0 foot vault set a new school record for the event and propelled her right into next week’s State Championship Meet.

Other highlights included Cass Elliott edging out Nathan Hale’s Tremaine McAdams, the top-rated 300 hurdler in the State, for a first place in his 300 hurdles heat. Elliott’s time of 40.2, was the fastest preliminary qualifying time of all 300 Hurdlers. The 300 Hurdles race Friday evening at SWAC Track will feature three of the Top 5 300m hurdlers in the State…including Elliott and Senior Chaaka Trahan. Trahan is also the 3rd Ranked 110m Hurdler in the State.

Lani 100m

Senior Lani Taylor [above], the State’s top-ranked 400m Sprinter, qualified for Friday’s district final meet in all three sprint events.


Junior Hurdler / Pole-Vaulter Maggie Cooper [above] also qualified for District Finals in the 100m Hurdles.

Throwers in action Friday night, include Lexi Ioane, who looks to advance herself to the State meet in the Girls Shot Put … Ioane is the Metro Champion and leads the District in this event. Outstanding Sophomore Sprinter/Thrower Saoirse Cumming, the new school record holder in the Girls Javelin, will also attempt to advance to State in the Javelin on Friday.

The West Seattle Track team features some outstanding individual performers spanning a wide range of events. Please come and watch the kids Friday between 4:00 and 6:30 at SWAC Track (near Chief Sealth IHS) as they compete to qualify for next week’s State Championship meet in Tacoma.

The full schedule for competition today/tonight is here.

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