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Top 2022 marks in Washington high school girls track and field: Federal Way duo soars in triple jump

Senior Esther Akinlosotu and sophomore Cassandra Atkins record personal-best marks for the Eagles in the event at last weekend's Oregon Relays

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."

Senior Esther Akinlosotu and sophomore Cassandra Atkins of the Federal Way girls track team in spring of 2022

Esther Akinlosotu, left, and Cassandra Atkins are Federal Way girls track teammates - and 1-2 in the state in the girls triple jump.

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:

100 METERS

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.

200 METERS

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.

400 METERS

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.

800 METERS

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.

1,600 METERS

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.