West Seattle’s Chloe Cunliffe went from newbie to national record holder in pole vault in few short years

Chloe Cunliffe just wanted to do something scary.

Bored with sprinting and jumping events in track and field and weary of competitive gymnastics, the freshman at West Seattle High School turned to her father, Michael, a longtime coach, for the answer.

One afternoon in the spring of 2016, Cunliffe’s father pointed her to pole vault, an event suited to her daredevil mentality.

“I love doing stuff that’s out of my comfort zone,” Cunliffe said. “I would definitely say I’m a daredevil.”

Fast forward to Saturday at the prestigious 44th Arcadia Invitational, 13 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, and the fearless senior is celebrating her literal rise to prominence.

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