Shockers show strength and speed at Cashmere and Peshastin

Photo provided/Joel Harding TJ Moser long jumps at the Cashmere Quad meet.

TJ Moser long jumps at the Cashmere Quad meet. (Photo provided/Joel Harding)


By Joel Harding
Empire Press Correspondent

The Waterville/Mansfield track teams did well at a five team meet at Cashmere on April 26. Their opponents were the hosts, a 1A team; Bridgeport, another 2A group; and Entiat and Cascade Christian, both from the classification. The Shockers had eight first place finishes and finished with points in every event but the 200 meter dash. Kelsey Browning led the way with three firsts. Hannah Hughes and Elaina Thomsen both had two firsts, and Taylor Riggs had one.

Riggs won the 100 meter dash in 12.11. Browning took the 400 meters in 1:02.58, the 800 in 2:32.06 and the 1600 meters in 6:16.71. In the long race she ran with the pack for three and a half laps, then raced away to win. Brooke Simmons, Lexi Deishl, Kim Parcells and Hughes captured the 4×100 relay. Deishl, Parcells, Thomsen and Browning won the 4×400 relay with Parcells taking the lead on the third leg for good. Hughes won the javelin with a throw of 94-10 and Thomsen leapt to 4-10 in the high jump.

The girls got three places of five in the 100 meters with Parcells in second, Simmons in fourth and Deishl in fifth. Thomsen took second in the girl’s 400 and Ben Garnica finished fifth for the boys. Simmons took third place in the 300 meter hurdles and Hughes was fourth in the 100 meter hurdles. Joe Dahlke added to his impressive string of personal bests with second places in both the shot put and javelin and a fourth in the discus. For the girls, Maria Mullen took fourth in the shot and Hughes got a fifth in the discus. Riggs got second in the long jump and third in the high jump. Parcells got third in the long jump. Deishl was fifth in the pole vault and David McDonald was sixth in the triple jump.

Again, competing against larger schools, the Shockers finished third (girls) and thirteenth (boys) at the Rieke Invitational at Peshastin. Browning got firsts in the 1600 meter run, the 800 meter run and anchored the winning 4×400 relay team. The team of Browning, Thomsen, Deishl and Parcells is currently ranked fifth in the state. Browning also got third in the 400. Thomsen won the high jump at 5.2. The 4×100 relay team of Deishl, Hughes, Parcells and Simmons got fourth, and the 4×200 relay team with Deishl, Hughes, Parcells and Thomsen got fifth.

Riggs got seventh in the 100, fifth in the high jump and seventh in the long jump. Joe Dahlke threw for fourth in the javelin. This is Dahlke’s third meet in a row with at least one personal record. Hughes was eighth in the 100 and Thomsen was seventh in the 200. Simmons was seventh in the 300 hurdles. Mullen was ninth in the girl’s javelin. Deishl reached a personal best of 8.0 and was fifth in the pole vault.

The Shockers are at Manson for the Trojan Invitational on May 3 and at the Bridgeport Invite on May 6.


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Andrea Hermida competes in the 3200 meter run against an unidentified Cascade Christian Academy runner. (Photo by Joel Harding)


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Elaina Thomsen runs a strong leg on the winning 4×400 meter relay. (Photo by Joel Harding)


Photo by Joel Harding Joe Dahlke puts the shot at the Rieke Invitational Meet.

Joe Dahlke puts the shot at the Rieke Invitational Meet. (Photo by Joel Harding)