TACOMA – Coming into the Class 3A state track and field meet, West Seattle senior Chloe Cunliffe already owned the national record in the pole vault. With such a feat already accomplished, it might seem difficult for Cunliffe to stay motivated, but she came into the state finals with the same kind of tenacity that has made her one of the best high-school girls pole vaulters the country has ever seen.

Cunliffe broke her own Class 3A state meet record of 13-feet, 8½-inches set at last year’s state meet, with a mark of 14-feet even on a windy Friday at Mount Tahoma High School. Though, she broke the meet record, she fell short of the national record of 14-8 she set earlier this season.

“I wanted to at least get the national record or higher,” Cunliffe said. “But I’m pretty happy with what I did because the weather wasn’t the best.”

Cunliffe came into the meet prepared to give it a shot just like she does every time out.

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