Tracksters show strength, speed at Ray Cross Invitational

Lexi Deishl and Kim Parcells finish first and second in their 100-meter dash heat at the Ray Cross Invitational. (Joel Harding photo)

Lexi Deishl and Kim Parcells finish first and second in their 100-meter dash heat at the Ray Cross Invitational. (Joel Harding photo)

 

By Joel Harding
Empire Press Correspondent

The Waterville/Mansfield boys and girls track and field teams ran against 36 other schools from all classifications at the Ray Cross Invitational meet March 26 at Ephrata.

Kelsey Browning was the big gun for the Shockers with two second place finishes and a third in the 400, 800 and 1600-meter runs, respectively. Elaina Thomsen leaped to a second place finish in the high jump. Two girls relay teams finished in the top 10 placers with the 4×400 in seventh place and the 4×200 in ninth. Taylor Riggs jumped to an 11th place in the long jump with 18-10.75 inches. Hannah Hughes was 14th in the same event for the girls with 14-08.25 inches. Lexi Deishl finished 11th in the pole vault at 7-06. Maria Mullen was 16th in the girls shot put with a heave of 28-01.5 inches.

District rankings provide a much better sense of where the Shockers are than the Ray Cross results. Browning leads District 6 in three events, the 400, the 800 and the 1600. Her times are significantly faster than the opposition. McKaylin Gormley is third in the 800. Lexi Deishl is eighth in the 400 and Maria Bustos shares the same placing in the 1600. Thomsen is fifth in the 300 hurdles, but is in a tie for first in the high jump. Both the 4×200 and the 4×400 relay teams are second to Okanogan in the district rankings. Gormley, Thomsen and Parcells run on both relay teams. Hughes runs with them in the 4×200 and Browning in the 4×400.

Taylor Riggs is third in the long jump. The boys 4×100 relay is eighth. Members are Cole Koenig, T.J. Mosier, Ben Garnica and Riggs. Joe Dahlke is ninth in both the discus and the javelin. Ben Garnica and Johnny Mullen are tied for seventh in the high jump.

In the field events for the girls, Hannah Hughes is the leader for Waterville/Mansfield. She is second in the long jump, fourth in the javelin and ninth in both the discus and shot put. Maria Mullen is 10th in the shot put. Gormley is in a tie for sixth in the high jump. Deishl has jumped to a tie for fifth in the pole vault.

The track teams participated in the Eastmont Junior Varsity Invitational March 29. Their next meet will be the Brewster Coed Relays at Bridgeport April 12.