Shockers compete at Manson and Bridgeport invitationals

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Brooke Simmons, left, runs hard in her 100 meter race at Bridgeport. (Joel Harding photo)


By Joel Harding
Empire Press Correspondent

The Waterville/Mansfield track teams ran, jumped and threw in meets at Manson on May 3 and Bridgeport on May 7. The teams did well and are hoping to peak in the post season meets which begin on May 13.

The first contest was the Trojan Invite at Manson. It was a rather balmy afternoon for the first half of the meet. But a down lake wind brought gusty and cold wind that cooled off the last five events. Despite the weather, the Shockers did well. Hannah Hughes, Kelsey Browning, Elaina Thomsen and Taylor Riggs all scored firsts. Hughes won the girls 100 meter dash and Browning took the 1600 meter run. Thomsen finished in a tie for first in the high jump and Riggs went over 20 feet in the long jump. Browning took second in the 800 and ran a leg on the second place 4×400 relay team. Hughes’ win was accompanied by a second in the long jump, a leg on the second place 4×100 meter relay and a leg on the third place 4×200 meter relay. Thomsen ran to a fourth place in the 400, ran a leg on the third place 4×200 relay and contributed to the second place finish of the 4×400 relay. Riggs was sixth in the 200 meters, fourth in the high jump, and he and his teammates were sixth in the 4×100 relay.

Kim Parcells jumped to third place in the long jump and ran legs on the second place 4×100 relay, the second place 4×400 relay and the third place 4×200 relay. Lexi Deishl was fourth in the 100 meters, and also ran legs on all three relays. Andrea Hermida ran to a third in the 3200 meter run. Brooke Simmons was sixth in the 300 hurdles and ran a leg on the second place 4×100 relay team. Joe Dahlke threw to a third place in the javelin, a seventh place in the shot put and was on the sixth place 4×100 relay team. Johnny Mullen got seventh in the 300 hurdles and seventh in the high jump. McKaylin Gormley took seventh in the discus.

At the Bridgeport Invitational, the Shockers also made a strong showing. On a warm spring day, Browning won the 400, the 800 and the 1600 in her last regular season meet. She has been a dominant force in local track during her four year career. As another four year dominant, Thomsen won the high jump as she regularly does. She matched her best height at 5-2. Riggs finished second in the long jump and in the high jump. Deishl finished in second place in the pole vault and led off two second place finishes for the 4×100 and 4×200 meter relay teams. Hannah Hughes, Kim Parcells and Thomsen ran with Deishl on the 4×200 and Brooke Simmons, Deishl, Hughes and Parcells were on the 4×100 team. Hughes took second in the girl’s 100 meter dash.

Hermida ran to a fourth place in the 3200 meters. Dahlke got fifth in the javelin and Hughes took fifth in her first competition in the triple jump. Riggs got sixth in both the 100 and 200. Simmons took sixth in the girl’s 100 and in the 300 hurdles. Thomsen was sixth in the 400. Gormley was seventh in the 200. The boy’s 4×100 relay of Alex Capi, Johnny Mullen, TJ Moser and Ben Courvaious took seventh place.

Waterville/Mansfield will compete in the District Six sub-district meet at Kittitas on May 13.


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Joe Dahlke throws the javelin at the Bridgeport Invitational Meet. (Joel Harding photo)


Joel Harding Taylor Riggs clears the bar in the high jump at Manson

Taylor Riggs clears the bar in the high jump at Manson. (Joel Harding photo)


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Maria Mullen flings the discus at the Manson Invitational meet. (Joel Harding photo)