Plateau tracksters dominate at regionals

Robert Parcells wins the 100-meter dash decisively at the Regional meet atToppenish. (Joel Harding)

Robert Parcells wins the 100-meter dash decisively at the Regional meet at
Toppenish. (Joel Harding)

 

By Joel Harding

A Waterville sprinter, a Mansfield jumper and a Waterville distance runner won three events each to lead the accomplishments at the fifth and sixth 1B District track meet May 23 at Toppenish High School. Robert Parcells, Macen McLean and Kelsey Browning were dominant as competitors vied for state placements. The top two in each event are scheduled to compete in the state track meet May 30-31 at Eastern Washington University (EWU). Although Bickelton High School won the boys team title and Pateros High School won the girls, the plateau athletes were clearly the most outstanding at the meet.

While their times and distances were good, none of the three moved up in the standings compared to those they will compete against at the state meet. They each won handily and will go to the state meet expecting to be challenged in each of the events in which they are entered. Although McLean’s best high jump on the year is far above any of the competition, the local runners and jumpers will need their best performances to win. McLean long jumps and triple jumps, along with the high jump. Parcells runs the 100 meters, the 200 meters and the 400 meters. Browning runs the 800 meters, the 1600 meters and the 3200 meters. Both Parcells and Browning run on their school’s 4×100 relay teams. The boy’s relay has the best time in the state currently. Although Elaina Thomsen finished third in the high jump, she will go to the state meet because she equaled the qualifying standard.

Rafael Capi will compete at EWU in the 800 and 1600 meter events. He finished second in both races. The girl’s 4×100 relay team of Kim Parcells, Thomsen, Browning and Elizabeth Bourton also qualified for the state meet, finishing second to Pateros.

There were other Waterville placers at the regional meet. Chris Dronen was fourth in the 400 and seventh in the long jump. Kim Parcells finished sixth in the 100 meters and fourth in the 100-meter hurdles. Elizabeth Bourton was third in the 400 meters. Elaina Thomsen finished fifth in the 200 meters and Cristian Morales was sixth in the boy’s 3200.

Browning was overwhelming in the 3200 meters. She lapped the second place person at the beginning of the final lap. Thomsen ate up the meters on her leg of the 4×100 relay. In most of his three events, McLean needed only a single jump to win the event. Robert Parcells won each of the sprints in dominating fashion.

All the plateau school contestants at the regionals will be at EWU for the state meet next weekend  and expect to do well for their schools.

 

Kelsey Browning takes a lead in the 800 meters that she never relinquished at the Regional track meet. (Joel Harding photo)

Kelsey Browning takes a lead in the 800 meters that she never relinquished at the Regional track meet. (Joel Harding photo)