Cheney qualifies multiple athletes for state track

Caitlin Shaffer lands four wheelchair berths

Cheney efforts at last weekend’s District 8 3A track and field championships brought both notable accomplishments and near misses in the Tri-Cities heat.

“Joy (Assonken) and Shauna (Elliott) winning,” were some pleasant surprises head coach Derek Slaughter noted in an email. “We knew they were going to do well but winning took a lot of guts.”

Assonken claimed the meet’s 3A javelin title with a personal record throw of 119 feet, 5 inches. Elliott, meanwhile, was the high jump winner with a best of 5-feet at Richland’s Fran Rish Stadium.

Five jumpers matched that height — including Cheney’s Tess...


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