Shocker track heats up

Julia Toomey runs ahead of a Republic Tiger in the 100-meter dash at Liberty Bell. (Phyllis Browning photo)


By Joel Harding

As the warmer weather comes, the Shocker tracksters are jumping farther and running faster. They traveled to Bridgeport May 6 and made the trek to Winthrop for the May 9 Liberty Bell Invitational. They did well at both meets with some notable victories over potential rivals for ribbons at the state track meet. There were 12 teams at Bridgeport and nine at Liberty Bell, with a selection of 1A, 2B and 1B entries.

In the two meets, Robert Parcells and Dayn Madson finished in the same places in the 100-yard dash with approximately the same times. Parcells finished first in both meets and Madson finished sixth. For the girls, Kim Parcells took a sixth and a fourth in the 100-meter run. In the two meets, Rafi Capi had second, third, sixth and fourth places in the 800 and 1600-meter runs, respectively. Cristian Morales got a fifth and a sixth in the 3200.

At Liberty Bell, Elaina Thomsen zoomed to a first place in the 200 and Liz Bourton took fourth. Bourton came back

with a second in the 400. Robert Parcells won the boys 400. Thomsen won the high jump and placed fifth in the javelin. Kim Parcells took a third in the 100-meter hurdles.

Kelsey Browning won all three girls distance events at Bridgeport but was up against Sierra Speiker of Oroville and Shania Graham of Republic at Liberty Bell. She won the 800 but lost both of the longer races to Speiker. However, after having moved her 3200 time below the 12-minute mark at Bridgeport, she shaved 17 more seconds off at Liberty Bell. She beat her main 1B competitor, Graham, in the 800 and the 3200 at Liberty Bell. Both 4×100 meter relay teams did well finishing second or third at both meets. The boys 4×400 had problems with injuries, but should be up to strength for the district meet.

As the Shockers and the Mansfield Kernels move toward regional and state competition, they are well-represented. Robert Parcells leads in the 400 meters and is second in the 100. Macen McLean of Mansfield leads in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. Thomsen popped into the top 10 with her 200-meter dash at Liberty Bell and is second in the high jump. Bourton is fourth in the 400 and third in the high jump. Capi is seventh in the 1600, Browning is third in both the 800 and 1600, but leads the 3200. The Shockers are scheduled to compete in a district qualifying meet May 15 at Ephrata.