Warrior senior Parle runs away with 3,200 state title | Track and field

By David Pan | May 31, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Yukino Parle (center) finished first in the 3,200-meter finals at the 3A state meet Saturday, May 26, at Mount Tahoma High School. Parle also won the race as a sophomore.

Edmonds-Woodway’s Yukino Parle was waiting to make her move.

Parle was content to closely follow North Central’s Allie Janke and Erinn Hill, who set the tone in the 3,200-meter finals.

The race unfolded pretty much as Parle expected, though the first 1,600 meters was a little slow.

Parle anticipated that the two North Central runners would start picking up the pace in the final 800 meters, which they did.

“I made sure I was ready for that,” Parle said. “I knew it was coming.”

The Boise State recruit seized the lead about 200 meters to go and then outkicked Janke in the final stretch to win her second 3,200 state title Saturday, May 26, at Mount Tahoma High School.

Parle clocked in with a time of 10 minutes, 40.00 seconds to edge out Janke, who finished in 10:40.36. Hill placed third in 10:42.19.

Watching from high atop the grandstands, Edmonds-Woodway coach Rick Fillman knew that Parle was in the right position to add a second 3,200 state title to the one she won as a sophomore.

“She finishes races incredibly strong,” Fillman said. “I don’t think there’s a distance runner in the state who can outkick her.”

Parle has confidence in her kick.

“I just know it’s there and so I just wait until the right moment and try to use it to my advantage,” Parle said

Parle didn’t ease up until she passed the final line with Janke and Hill right on her heels.

“I knew that they were really close, right on my shoulder,” she said. “I wanted to finish really strong. So I brought all my energy to the line.”

Parle came into Saturday’s race with added motivation after finishing second to Hill in the 1,600 finals on Thursday, May 24. Hill won in 4:55.48, while Parle finished in a personal record time of 4:56.47.

“I really wanted to come back and win this one just so that I could finish off on a good note,” Parle said. “I was a little disappointed with second but I PR’d, so I was happy with that.”

In her four years at Edmonds-Woodway, Parle exceeded her modest expectations when she started running.

“I just wanted to be on the varsity team,” she said.

Parle finished sixth in the 3,200 at state as a freshman, won the 3,200 during her sophomore season and finished second in the 3,200 as junior. Parle also placed second at the state cross country meet her senior and sophomore seasons.

“This is not anything I expected and it’s really changed the course of my life,” Parle said. “I enjoyed all the memories I made with my friends on the team. We’ve all had such a fun time and I’m really happy how the past four years have gone.”

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