Shockers reap places at Okanogan track meet

Kelsey Browning pulls away from the competition to win the 800-meter run. (Joel Harding photo)

Kelsey Browning pulls away from the competition to win the 800-meter run. (Joel Harding photo)

 

By Joel Harding
Empire Press Correspondent

The Waterville/Mansfield track team traveled to Okanogan for a meet April 19. Teams from Soap Lake and Omak were there to compete as well.

The Shocker girls finished second to the hosts and the boys came in third. While Taylor Riggs and Kelsey Browning led the way with first place titles, 12 Shockers placed in the meet.

Browning was the big winner for the Waterville/Mansfield team. She won the 1600-yard run, the 400-yard run and anchored the winning 4×400 meter relay. McKaylin Gormley, Lexi Deishl and Kim Parcells were part of that relay team. Riggs won the long jump for boys and placed second in the high jump. He also finished third in the 200-yard dash and fourth in the 100. Elaina Thomsen leapt to a second in the high jump. Deishl was second in the 100 meters. She, Parcells, Brooke Simmons and Hannah Hughes won the 4×100 relay.

Ben Garnica got a fifth in the 1600 meters. Andrea Hermida took a fourth in the same race for the girls. Johnny Mullen took a fourth in the 400-meter run. Gormley was third in the 800-meter run and fourth in the 200. Simmons was second in the 300-meter hurdles.

Hughes and Joe Dahlke took fourths in the shot put and in the javelin. Dahlke got personal bests in the shot put and discus. Alex Capi got a sixth in the javelin. Parcells was fifth in the long jump.

Given the amazing depth of the Okanogan Bulldogs on both girls and boys teams, the Shockers did very well. Browning has been one of the outstanding middle distance runners in the state since her freshman year and won all of her races. Against a stable of very fast Okanogan sprinters, Riggs held his own while winning the long jump and finishing second in the high jump. Both the girls 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams were far in front of the opposition. There was no pole vault competition or Deishl would have likely brought home another win for Waterville/Mansfield. The Shockers will compete in a five-team meet April 26 at Cashmere. Bridgeport, Entiat and Cascade Christian will also be there along with the host team.

 

Ben Garnica gets fifth in the 1600-meter run. (Joel Harding photo)

Ben Garnica gets fifth in the 1600-meter run. (Joel Harding photo)

 

Taylor Riggs makes a winning long jump. (Joel Harding photo)

Taylor Riggs makes a winning long jump. (Joel Harding photo)

 

Hannah Hughes gets a fourth place in the shot put. (Joel Harding photo)

Hannah Hughes gets a fourth place in the shot put. (Joel Harding photo)