Betts Sets Pair of School Records at Districts


Though he will be taking his speedy talents to Eastern Washington University this fall on the gridiron, Talon Betts isn’t quite done yet making a name for himself at Rochester. 

Betts swept the short sprint events, setting a new school record in two district title wins in the 100 meters (11.06) and the 200 meters (22.38) at the 2A Track and Field District Championships in Shelton Friday. 

Betts’ pair of wins ensures he will head to the state track and field championships next weekend in Tacoma. 

Elsewhere for the boys, W.F. West’s Seth Hoff was a double-winner in the pole vault and long jump, leaping 20 feet, 9.5 inches in the long jump for a personal best and clearing 12 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault to advance to state. 

Other state qualifiers on the boys side include William Stinkeoway of Centralia in the discus (third-place, 130 feet, 7 inches), Hoff in the javelin (second-place, 175 feet, 3 inches) and high jump (third-place, 5 feet, 10 inches), Brian Anouma in the high jump (second-place, 6 feet), and Elijah Annonen and Dakota Collins in the pole vault (third-place, 12 feet) all of W.F. West. 

On the girls side, Hodaya Starr qualified with a fourth-place finish in the 100 meters (13.09), Elaina Koenig qualified finishing second in the 800 meters (2:22.91) and third in the 300-meter hurdles (48.64), Kyla McCallum and Kambriah Simper for third and fourth place in the javelin (117 feet, 11 inches and 114 feet, 7 inches, respectively), Sadie Dahlin in the pole vault (8 feet, 6 inches), and Savanna Bolivar in the triple jump (33 feet, 8.75 inches). 

All three of W.F. West’s girls relay teams will move on to state, including the fourth place 4x100-meter relay team (Bolivar, Amelia Etue, Elizabeth Patana, and Starr), the second place 4x200-meter relay team (Starr, Amanda Bennett, Bolivar, and Etue), and the second place 4x400-meter relay team (Koenig, Bolivar, Emily Mallonee, and Etue). 

The state track and field meet will begin next Thursday.