Shockers shine at District

Chris Dronen of Waterville long jumps to fourth place and qualifies for the Regional meet. (Joel Harding photo)


By Joel Harding

Waterville’s track team did well at the 10-team District track meet held May 15 in Ephrata. Robert Parcells and Kelsey Browning each won three events outright and ran on first place winning 4×100 relay teams. Macen McLean of Mansfield won the  high jump, long jump and triple jump as expected. He leads the best performance list at the state level in all three events.  Along with Waterville and Mansfield were teams from Entiat, Pateros, Soap Lake, Wilson Creek, Cascade Christian Academy, Easton, Thorp and Columbia Basin Secondary School.

Parcells won all the sprints for the Shockers and anchored the winning 4×100 relay team. He did not surpass any of his best marks of the season in the 100 or 400-meter runs, but he ran and won the 200 for the first time this year. His time in that race immediately made him the second best runner in the state for the 200 meters. Kelsey Browning won all of the girl’s long distance contests. In the 3200, Browning lapped the field to win and she handily took the 800 meter run. Although essentially uncontested for the lead in the 1600 meters, Browning worked to improve her best time in that event, which she did by several seconds. She retains the best time in the state at 3200 meters. Both Parcells and Browning will be favorites at the Regional meet May 22 in Toppenish.

Kim Parcells qualified in two events. She got third in the 100-meter hurdles and fourth in the 100 meters. Elaina Thomsen won the high jump and got third in the 200 meters. She is second in the high jump statewide. Liz Bourton was third in the 400 meters. These three, plus Browning, won the 4×100 meter relay and improved to the third best time in the state. Rafael Capi won the 1600 meters with a blistering kick and placed third in the 800 meters. Chris Dronen finished fourth in the long jump and will go to Toppenish in that event as well as in the 400 meters, where he finished third. Dronen, Capi, Robert Parcells and Dayn Madson will go to the Regional meet in the 4×100 relay. Cristian Morales qualified for Regionals in the 3200. Allen Laney broke his foot doing the high jump in a recent meet and will not be able to compete at Regionals or State.

Although many of the first-place Waterville performances were anticipated, as well as McLean’s winning jumps, Waterville’s young team are Regional and State meet veterans. This will serve them well as they move on to the final day of competition at Eastern Washington University May 31.


Cristian Morales qualifies for the Regional meet with fourth place in the3200-meter run. (Joel Harding photo)

Cristian Morales qualifies for the Regional meet with fourth place in the
3200-meter run. (Joel Harding photo)