Athletes qualify for district meet

Cristina Suarez, right, powers to a third place in the 100 meters at the sub-cistrict meet at Kittitas. (Joel Harding photo)


By Joel Harding
Empire Press Correspondent

At the sub-district track meet held in Kittitas May 15, Waterville tracksters — both boys and girls — qualified for the District 6 meet to be held May 21 at Ephrata High School. Schools competing at Kittitas were Waterville, White Swan, Mabton, Soap Lake and the host school. All of the qualifiers finished in the top three in their events. The top two finishers in each event at the district meet will go on to the State 2B meet, to be held May 28-29 at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.

Kelsey Browning qualified in the most events. She won the 400, 800 and 1600 meter runs and was on the 4×200 meter relay team that finished second. Rafael Capi finished third in the 800 and the 1600 and ran on the 4×100 relay, which finished second. Taylor Willms won the 3200 meters for the girls. She finished third in both the 800 and the 1600 and ran on the 4×100 relay, which finished second. Elaina Thomsen won the high jump and finished second in the 300 hurdles. She participated in both the 4×100 and 4×200 relays, both of which finished in second place.

Cristina Suarez qualified by finishing third in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes. She also was on the 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams. Lexi Deishl qualified with a second in the 3200 meter run and a place on the 4×100 relay. Cristian Morales took a third in the 3200 meter run to qualify in that event. Alex Capi took a third in the discus and qualified. He is the first Shocker to qualify for the district meet in a field event in several years. Brandon Dorn, Dayn Madsen and Chris Dronen all qualified in the 4×100 relay. Dronen did not qualify in the long jump, but did go over 18 feet in the event.

Rafael Capi is a veteran of two state meets for the Shockers and knows what it takes to run in postseason competition. As state champions, Browning and Thomsen also know what lies ahead. Like Rafael Capi, Suarez is a senior. However, her accomplishments are significant already since she is an exchange student running in her first season in the U.S. Morales is also a senior. The other boys on the 4×100 relay are all seniors, and Dronen and Madsen were on the state championship team in that event last year. Willms, Deishl, and Alex Capi are freshmen. To have come as far as they have in their first year of high school competition is an accomplishment. It is a Shocker tradition to do well when the competition is strongest. Good luck to them all!