Waterville girls place at state

Kelsey Browning, center, moves out quickly in the 1600 meter run. (Joel Harding photo)


By Joel Harding
Empire Press Correspondent

The Waterville Shockers traveled to Eastern Washington University in Cheney on May 28 for the State 1B, 2B and 1A track meets. The contests were held together at the athletic facility on the EWU campus May 28-30.

Kelsey Browning and Elaina Thomsen received medals during the course of the meet. Thomsen finished in a tie for third in the high jump. She leaped to a height of 5 feet, one-half inch. Browning took medals in both the 1600 meters and the 400 meters. She finished fifth in the former and sixth in the latter. Thomsen also took 14th place in the 300 hurdlers and was on the 4×200 meter relay team which finished 13th. Browning finished 10th in the 800 metersbut did not qualify for the finals, and was on the relay team.

Freshman Taylor Willms finished 11th in the 3200 meters and 14th in the 1600 meters. She had the second best time among the four freshmen in the 3200. Classmate Lexi Deishl was also on the relay team along with Cristina Suarez. Waterville finished in 19th place in the 2B meet. Just to compete at the state track meet is an accomplishment, but particularly for freshmen.

Collin Pate of Mansfield finished in 13th place in the boys 1B long jump event with a leap of 18 feet, 5 inches.

Browning is one of four record holders from the Waterville Plateau. The first is David Stoddard who still holds the 2B 300 hurdle record, which he set in 1997. Browning set the 3200 record at the 1B meet last year. Interestingly, Browning is also a member of the Stoddard family. Robert Parcells is the third Waterville record holder. He set the standard for 400 meter runners at last year’s 1B meet. Macen McLean of Mansfield holds the 1B record in both the long jump and the triple jump. He set the marks as a junior in the 2013 competition.


Elaina Thomsen jumps to a third place finish at the state 2B meet. (Joel Harding photo)

Elaina Thomsen jumps to a third place finish at the state 2B meet. (Joel Harding photo)