Shockers girls dominate sub-district track

By Joel Harding
Empire Press Correspondent

The Waterville/Mansfield track team traveled to windy Kittitas May 13 for the Central Washington 2B South sub-district qualifying meet.

The boys finished third and the girls won overwhelmingly, more than doubling the points of the next closest competitor. The Shocker girls took firsts in 11 of the 17 events over the afternoon. Those competitors who finished in the first three places in each event at Kittitas will be entered into the district meet at Ephrata May 21. The state championship meet will be May 26-28 in Cheney.

It was a crimson finish in the 100-meter dash with Hannah Hughes, Brooke Simmons and Kim Parcells crossing the finish line in that order. Taylor Riggs got a fourth in the boys race. In the 200, McKaylin Gormley was second for the girls and Simmons took third. Riggs was third for the boys. Kelsey Browning and Elaina Thomsen took the top places in the 400. Browning won the 800 and the 1600-meter runs as well. Maria Bustos was fifth in the 1600. Ben Garnica and TJ Moser finished fourth and fifth in the 800 and third and fourth in the 1600. Andrea Hermida was second in the girls 3200-meter run and David McDonald was fourth for the boys. Simmons blazed to a first in the 300-meter hurdles and Johnny Mullen took fourth in the boys race.

In the relays, the Shocker girls won all the marbles. In the 4×100, Lexi Deishl, Simmons, Parcells and Hughes won the race. A Waterville/Mansfield team also won the 200, with Thomsen, Deishl, Parcells and Hughes running. In the 4×400, Browning, Thomsen, Deishl and Parcells took the honors. In all the relays, the Shockers are hoping to upset the vaunted Okanogan teams at the district meet.

In shot put competition, Gormley won and Maria Mullen was fourth. Gormley took second in the discus. On the boys side, Joe Dahlke was fourth in the shot. Johnny Mullen finished second in the discus. Dahlke and Maria Mullen both finished fourth in the javelin. In the high jump and long jump, Riggs took a third and a fourth respectively. Thomsen took her usual blue ribbon in the high jump and Hughes was first in the girls long jump. Deishl dominated the pole vault with a best-ever leap of 8-6.

This was the last sub-district meet for the Shocker seniors. They are Browning, Thomsen, Parcells, Gormley, Maria Mullen, Maria Bustos, Joe Dahlke and Taylor Riggs. Hermida is an exchange student and will return to her home in Spain. Their performances have been remarkable all season. However, there is a strong group of younger Shockers ready to take the flag for the Waterville/Mansfield team.