Federal Way High School's Esther Akinlosotu and Cassandra Atkins are "like sisters," said girls track coach Quinn Gillis.
And the Eagles' duo is putting on quite a display in the triple jump this spring.
Akinlosotu, a University of Arizona signee, boosted her state-leading mark at last weekend's prestigious Oregon Relays, jumping a personal-best 40 feet, 23/4 inches on the second attempt of finals to win the event, and set a meet record.
Atkins, a sophomore, also had a lifetime-best showing, going 38-93/4 in the same meet to place third.
"Both are just awesome kids, first of all," Gillis said. "They are excellent students ... and on the track, they are like a coach's dream. They never complain. And they work hard."
One of Akinlosotu's goals was to not only break the 40-foot mark, but set the school record. And after she did that Saturday with her 40-23/4, she hurriedly flashed a smile at Eagles' jumps coaches Beckett Cordes and Kyler Randall before running off to run the 100-meter dash.
She went 12.12 seconds in the finals to take third place.
Both athletes have different styles: Akinlosotu is a more refined technical jumper, especially in the steps and landing while Atkins has a little more raw explosiveness, Gillis said.
Akinlosotu and Atkins are also club teammates at Alpha Speed Academy.
(Featured photo by Keenan Gray/The Runner WA)
Here are the top marks in Washington high school girls track and field, as of April 28:
11.87: Brooklyn Baker, Bear Creek, soph.
11.91: Alex Buck, Bellevue, soph.
12.09: Madison Hubbard, Camas, sr.
12.12: Esther Akinlosotu, Federal Way, sr.
12.18: Brooke Lyons, Tahoma, jr.
25.09: Brooklyn Baker, Bear Creek, soph.
25.19: Alex Buck, Bellevue, soph.
25.28: Brooke Lyons, Tahoma, jr.
25.50: Liv Wregglesworth, Redmond, sr.
25.82: Dea Covarrubias, Skyview, fr.
57.33: Jayda Darroch, Sehome, soph.
57.41: Tresley Love, Meadowdale, jr.
57.53: Alaynah Reed, Kentwood, sr.
57.62: Ava Simms, Curtis, jr.
57.90: Ella Hopper, South Kitsap, sr.
2:13.35: Kara Mickelson, Eisenhower, sr.
2:13.69: Ella Borsheim, Bellarmine Prep, sr.
2:15.16: Riley Pyeatt, Sequim, sr.
2:16.83: Katelyn Rigg, Olympia, sr.
2:16.94: Alexa Matora, Lake Washington, fr.
4:48.74: Eliza White, Curtis, soph.
4:52.47: Ella Borsheim, Bellarmine Prep, sr.
4:56.12: Elizabeth Floch, Valley Christian, jr.
4:58.89: Sydney Collier, Skyline, fr.
5:03.89: Lily LaPorte, Bishop Blanchet, fr.