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Federal Way Eagles girls win track meet, head to state
The Federal Way High School girls track and field team took first place at last weekend’s district meet, netting 100 points and easily distancing themselves from second-place Camas.
The Eagles girls will have eight individuals and one team representing the school at the state meet this weekend at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.
Hannah Cunliffe and Gabriela Pelogi will represent the team in the 100 meter dash, with Cunliffe recording a time of 11.78 and Pelogi recording a time of 12.41. Cunliffe’s time is the top among all state qualifiers. Cunliffe followed up her showing in the 100 with a school record time of 24.29 in the 200 meters, which also netted her a district championship. That 24.29 was the fastest among all state qualifiers.
Karis Cameron will join her teammate in the 200 meters, her time of 25.43 strong enough to make it to Tacoma this weekend. Mariyah Vonsaveng qualified in both the 100 meter and 300 meter hurdles, with times of 14.94 and 45.35, respectively.
Cunliffe, Pelogi, Vonsaveng and Cameron were also part of the Eagles two district-champion relay teams. The four were joined by Ta’Mara Richey and Ariya Kendrick on the 4x100 team, combining for a time of 47.26, the fastest time of any team heading into state this weekend.
The 4x200 team set a school record with their time of 1:42.31, with the only difference between the two squads being freshman Kemi Akinlosotu.
Richey had a strong showing in field events, qualifying in both the long jump and triple jump. In both events, she has the third best distance heading into this weekend’s action, with the senior recording a distance of 18-11.50 in the long jump and a distance of 36-11.25 in the triple jump.
Sophomore Audrey Shin qualified in two field events, the high jump and javelin throw. In the high jump, she hit a height of 5-00.00, while her throw of 119-09 in the javelin set a new school record. Junior Jonarra Swanson also qualified in the high jump with a height of 5-00.00, while Tia Thomas qualified in the pole vault with a height of 9-06.00.
Todd Beamer High School’s lone representative on the girls side is junior Chante Spotser, who qualified for the 400 meter dash. Her time of 57.76 puts here squarely in the upper quarter of the 16 state qualifiers.
The state meet runs Thursday through Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School. For more information, visit www.wiaa.com.