Junior Teams Notch Top Three Standings

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Picture: Mansfield junior girls Madelen Jones, Harleigh Mars, Seven Sanderson, Sadie Roberts, and Jadelynn Woods celebrate personal records after the Waldron track meet.

Among a large field of teams at the
Waldron Bulldog Junior Invitational track meet on April 9, Mansfield finished
third in both gender divisions.

The Tigers and Lady Tigers built their
point production with several well earned marks in a variety of events.
Notably, the women’s hurdles, high jump, and throws were a real strength. The
men’s mile, 4x400m relay, shot put, and pole vault were also good to the
Mansfield track core.

Madelen Jones, Shelby Cole, Harleigh
Mars, Skylynn Harris, and Sadie Roberts stood out for the MJH women.

Roberts had a tremendous night at the
high jump pit. The freshman leaper joined an elite list by clearing five feet
for the first time in her career.

“It was really a show stopper,” said
Mansfield Coach John Mackey. “Sadie was by far the best jumper there. She had
already won the meet at 4-8 so she went for a new personal record at 5-0.
Mission accomplished!”

Jones and Cole bested a very fast field
of 100m hurdlers by going one-two for the Lady Tigers. Jones won in a personal
record of 17.52 seconds. Cole crossed a blink later at 17.70 seconds for her
personal record as well.

Jones and Mars made a very competitive
300m hurdle field one of the highlight races of the night.

Jones went PR with a 53.04 clocking over
the eight barrier sprint for second place. Mars  timed in at 53.07 for a
photo finish third place ribbon. The meet’s top time posted by an Oklahoma
runner was just a fraction ahead of the two Mansfield natives.

Harris continued her strong hold at the
shot put ring. The Mansfield eighth grader powered the 6 pound ball 41’ 3” for
the victory. She was nearly as dominate in the discus ring with another
victory. This time the 4kg discus sailed 90’ 7” for the win.

On the men’s side, Ethan Chapman rivaled
his own school record with a second place 1600m time of 5:13.68. That eight
point effort was followed by another such tally by Steven Perez in the pole
vault. Perez jumped 10’ 0” for the silver medal.

Second place was a theme for the Tiger
men. Shawn Brown put the shot 40’ 9” for the second best mark on the night. Dru
Buckner sped over the 300m hurdles in 48.85 for a red ribbon. Then, Logan Yoss,
Buckner, Tommy Phang, and John Branche teamed together for the second place
4x400m relay in 4:10.38.

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Freshman Tiger Shawn Brown has developed into one of Mansfield’s top throwers.

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Junior Tigers Tommy Phang and Dru Buckner place well at the 300m hurdles at Waldron.

Hope Rainwater, McKenzie Griffin, Olivia
Bouse, and Faith Rainwater covered most of the scoring for the Lady Tiger
distance racers. Jadelynn Wood, Jones, Roberts, Alexis Rivera, Kynslee Ward,
Bouse, and Mars made sure no Tiger relay landed below third.

Shaddon Moore supported Brown with
throwing points. Branche came through with 400m dash scoring. Phang and Yoss
added through the hurdles while Ashton Hinkle took fifth in the pole vault.

Seven Sanderson posted her best shot put
throw (32’ 1”) to round out a productive night of track and field for
Mansfield. She was fourth place. Brooklyn Adams was near her best as well as
the eighth grader spun the discus 75’ 4” for a third place measure.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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