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Spring Triumphs: Boys Track and Golf Shine at State Championships

2024 Seattle Academy Spring Sports Track and Field at State

By: Marc Moquin, Assistant Athletic Director 

The spring trimester was a major success, with the Boys Track team finishing second in the state and the Boys Golf team placing third. However, before celebrating their impressive performances at the state championships, let's revisit SAAS’ athletics accomplishments throughout the season!

Boys Track & Field

The Boys Track team finished second in state with individual champions:

-Reggie Witherspoon III (Grade 12), who won the state championship in both the 100m and 200m. Reggie, set the State record in the 100m (10.64), and along with sophomores Dionysus So-Gilmore and Ellis Beasley and junior Dash Cockrill won the 4 x 400 relay. Reggie won both the 100m and 200m at the state track meet. He also holds the school record in both events.

-Besides being a part of the state-winning relay team, Dionysus won the state 400m, setting a new school record with a time of 49.73. Dionysus also placed second to Reggie in the 200m.

-Jalani Clemmons (Grade 11) placed at state, 4th in the Triple Jump and 6th in the High Jump

-Alex McCleery Brown (Grade 12) placed 7th in the 800m

-Ellis Beasley placed 8th in the 100m.

Girls Track & Field

The Girls Track team finished 5th overall at state! 

  • Laila Bolton (Grade 10) placed 5th in the 100m Hurdles

  • Maxine Connell (Grade 9) placed 3rd in the 400m

  • Eva Ortiz (Grade 11) placed 5th in Pole Vault

  • Amara Pallari (Grade 10) finished 2nd in Pole Vault

  • Rhiannon Root (Grade 11) placed 3rd in 300m Hurdles

  • Tyler Stiefel (Grade 11) placed 6th in the 3200m.

-The Girls 4x400m Relay Team consisting of Maxine, Rhiannon, Lily Johnson (Grade 9), and Emalee Wright (Grade 10) finished 2nd. 

-The Girls Relay Team consisting of Maxine, Rhiannon, Ellie Candell (Grade 11), and Layla McClain (Grade 9) finished 6th.

Overall, 22 track athletes were named 1st Team All-ESC:

  • Ellis Beasley (100m, 200m, 4 x 100, 4 x 400)
  • Laila Bolton (100m Hurdles, 4 x 100, Shot Put)
  • Ellie Candell (4 x 400)
  • Jalani Clemmons (4 x 100, High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump)
  • Dash Cockrill (4 x 400)
  • Maxine Connell (200, 400, 4 x 200, 4 x 400)
  • Kodiak Halpern (Pole Vault, 4 x 100)
  • Aspen Hoffman (3200m)
  • Lily Johnson (4 x 400)
  • Makaila Johnson (4 x 100, 4 x 200)
  • Rory Leonard (Shot Put, Discus)
  • Tate Lonergan (High Jump)
  • Layla McClain (4 x 100, 4 x 200)
  • Alex McCleery Brown (800m)
  • Eva Ortiz (Pole Vault)
  • Amara Pallari (Shot Put, Pole Vault, 4 x 100, Discus)
  • Rhiannon Root (400m, 100m Hurdles, 300m Hurdles, 4 x 200, 4 x 400)
  • Teka Smith-Bates (110m Hurdles, 4 x 100)
  • Dionysus So-Gilmore (100m, 200m, 400m, 4 x 100, 4 x 400)
  • Tyler Stiefel (4 x 400, 3200m)
  • Reggie Witherspoon III (100m, 200m, 400m, 4 x 100, 4 x 400)
  • Emma Wright (4 x 400)

Boys Golf

In Boys Golf this spring, the team won the District Championship and finished third in the state tournament. Nick Huang (Grade 10) was named the Emerald Sound Conference “Most Valuable Player,” which was the first time in SAAS history that a golfer was named MVP!

Elliot Oh (Grade 9) and Brody Bryant (Grade 12) earned 1st Team All-Emerald Sound Conference Honors. Rylan Galante (Grade 10), Miles Stout, and Brooks Tappan (Grade 11) earned 2nd Team All ESC.

Brody, Bryant, Miles, Rylan, and Miles Yuricin (Grade 9) qualified for the State Tournament, with Brooks, Rylan, and Miles Yuricin advancing into the second round. After two rounds of golf, Brooks topped the group, finishing 9th, Rylan 12th, and Miles 24th. 

Girls Golf

In Girls Golf, Sophia Cheuk (Grade 12) was named “Most Valuable Player” and advanced to the District Tournament and missed out on qualifying for state by just one stroke. 

Boys Lacrosse

The Boys Lacrosse team advanced to the state semifinals in lacrosse before being eliminated. Griffen Bell (Grade 12) was named 1st Team All-Metro.  He leaves SAAS as the all-time leader in goals and assists. Ryder Veterane (Grade 12) and Brooks Tappan (Grade 11) joined Griffen on the First Team. Tegan Burkhart (Grade 11) and Cole Bell (Grade 10)  were named 2nd-Team All-Metro Conference. 

Girls Lacrosse

The Girls Lacrosse team also advanced to the state semifinals before being eliminated. Taya Dukes, Sydney Lennard (Grade 12), Skylar Burkhart (Grade 11) were all named All-Conference. Both Taya and Sydney were named to the All-State lacrosse team.


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Boys Soccer

The Boys Soccer team qualified for the state tournament before being eliminated 1-0 by eventual State champion Overlake. Rhys Lindhorst and Kaito Schiffer (Grade 11) were named 1st Team All-ESC. Laith Cutler and Logan Russell (Grade 12) were named 2nd Team All-ESC.

Girls Tennis

In Girls Tennis the Doubles Team of Maxine Liao (Grade 10) and Elonna Ong (Grade 11) won the teams Coaches Awards and advanced to the consolation semifinals in the league tournament before ultimately being eliminated.

Girls Ultimate

In Girls Ultimate, for the second year in a row, Kyliah McRoy (Grade 12) was named 1st Team All ESC!

The successful spring sports season was not just limited to the Upper School level– the SAAS Middle School sports program had over 200 kids participating between lacrosse, golf, track, and ultimate!

Congratulations to all of our spring athletes and, as always, Go Cardinals!