Mason Sallee thought back to 2010, in awe watching his older brother Michael compete at Star Track.
Now here the Federal Way High School senior is, six years later. This time his brother watching him as Sallee won his second consecutive 4A state triple jump title – becoming the first to do that since Skyline’s Kasen Williams (2010-11).
Sallee’s last jump was a personal-best – 48 feet and ½ inches.
“I remember I came here in 2010 to watch my brother compete in state (for Thomas Jefferson) and he didn’t even get a medal. That was just big for him to get to state,” Sallee said. “But for me to come out here and win it twice, and place fifth as a sophomore, that’s big.”
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That gives Federal Way four consecutive champions in the triple jump. Keenan Curran won it in 2013, Tyson Penn in 2014 and now Sallee the past two years. Timberline was the last school to have that in a classification 1A or higher, with Johnny and Ritchie Taylor combining to win four straight 3A titles from 1984-87.
Riverside Christian had five consecutive triple jump champions in 2B from 2007-11.
Sallee placed fifth in the event his sophomore year when he, Curran and Penn were teammates.
He was handed a container with sand from the triple-jump pit after his title-securing jump and posed in front of a video board with his PR mark.
“It was way better than the first (title),” Sallee said. “The first one I didn’t even know I won.”