State track: Vongsaveng goes out a champion

Staff writerMay 30, 2014 

Pure joy was all that was left after Federal Way’s Mariyah Vongsaveng defended her state title in the girls Class 4A 100-meter hurdles Friday.

Her emotions were at such a high, Vongsaveng needed to run an extra 20 meters just to take it all in at Star Track XXXII at Mount Tahoma High School.

“It was the greatest moment that ever happened,” Vongsaveng said. “I’m having the best competition running against me. ... To go out as champion just makes me feel great.”

She finished in 14.24 seconds – her personal best.

One of those competitors Vongsaveng battled was Emerald Ridge’s ShaRaya Quinn. The rivalry has been brewing for years.

“I’ve been running against ShaRaya since I was a freshman,” Vongsaveng said. “It’s good having her as competition.”

After the race, Quinn gave Vongsaveng a hug.

“She’s just really good competition – we’re just really friendly toward each other,” Quinn said. “I love running against her. ... She’s a really awesome girl.”

Quinn finished second in 14.44 seconds.

Earlier in the day, Vongsaveng and Quinn were next to each other in the prelims of the 300 hurdles. This time, it was Quinn who got the best of Vongsaveng, winning the heat in 43.91 seconds. Vongsaveng finished fourth in 45.57.

Coming into the state meet, Quinn said she was fighting fever.

“I had a fever of 102 (Thursday) but after taking some medicine, I feel fine today,” Quinn said. “I can talk again.”

ROGERS’ SIMPSON CAPTURES 110 HURDLES

Coming into state, Eric Simpson of Rogers High had one goal for the 4A 110 hurdles – break the 16-year-old state record set by Garfield’s Ross Flowers (13.91).

The University of Washington-signee fell short of the goal but still won the state title with a 14.16.

“I’m satisfied with first place,” he said. “It’s a little bittersweet. ... Yeah, I got first place, but the ultimate goal was to get 13 (seconds).”

The favored Simpson beat Kaleb Dobson of Cascade (14.28).

About halfway through the race, Dobson caught Simpson and the two ran together until after the final hurdle when Simpson moved ahead.

“He got his second wind going down these last couple of hurdles,” Simpson said. “He was bringing it. ... It was real close.”

kevin.manning@thenewstribune.com

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