State track champion leads Warriors | Cross countryParle, E-W girls finished second at last season’s 3A cross country meet
All eyes will be on Edmonds-Woodway junior Yukino Parle this year.
Parle is coming off a breakthrough sophomore season that saw her finish second at the 3A state girls cross country championships and take first place in the 3,200-meter race at the state track and field meet.
The Warriors also placed second in the team competition at the state cross country meet, finishing 1 point behind Glacier Peak, which moved up to the 4A classification this year.
Parle said that her success boosted her confidence.
“But also I feel like that makes me put a lot of pressure on myself this year,” she said. “We have a really good team. So I’ve had a lot of support and my teammates are right there with me training. It’s been really nice.”
The junior standout added that she plans to ignore the pressure.
“Once the big race comes, I’ll use it as a confidence thing, knowing that I’ve done it before, so I can do it again,” Parle said.
Edmonds-Woodway coach Al Bonney said that the girls team definitely had depth to be a contender. Also back are Olivia Meader-Yetter, Sydney Boland and Stephanie Wrobleski.
“We do have a really good four,” Bonney said. “”We’ve got a couple of girls who are coming on as fifths. … I think this is a really good team and they’re going to keep on improving.”
Both Bonney and Parle were disappointed to see Glacier Peak leave the 3A ranks.
“It would have been nice to try and go against them again at state,” Parle said.
“We hated to see them go,” Bonney added.
The Warriors have strong rivals in Arlington and Kamiakin.
“We still have our work cut out for ourselves,” Bonney said.
The Edmonds-Woodway boys team also is looking to build on a strong 2015 campaign. The Warriors top three runners so far are Matt Park, Sam McCloughan and Lucas Lacambra.
The Warriors finished 11th at state. “I think they’ll move up as well,” Bonney said. “They’re making some pretty good progress.”