Small Tiger Group Attends Southside

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Sophomore Brooke Wright shines at the McDonald's Relays in Fort Smith.

To close out the regular track season,
Mansfield enlisted a small band of Tigers to compete at the prestigious
McDonald’s Relays at Fort Smith Southside. Mansfield didn’t take its entire
roster as the games committee there restricted teams to certain entries that
met standards.

Mansfield’s Brooke Wright was the most
notable of the Tiger travelers to Fort Smith. The sophomore placed fourth
overall in a large field of discus throwers. She went near a personal best at
96’ 7” after taking nearly a week off of competition due to a sore shoulder.

Lady Tiger Senior Sara Willadsen
qualified for the most events at the big school showcase. She competed in the
high jump, 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay, and 4x400m relay.

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Sara Willadsen, Faith Rainwater, Lennon Woods, and Delilah McKusker wrap up the 4x400m relay at Southside as night falls.

Lennon Woods, Delilah McKusker, and
Makayla Strutton joined Willadsen in the sprint relay. The trio of Lady Tigers
also comprised the Mansfield hurdles team.

Harleigh Mars, a freshman that moved up
to the senior high team, competed in the 300m hurdles with Strutton and Woods.
McKusker was enrolled in the 100m high hurdles.

Fellow freshman Faith Rainwater also
moved onto the senior high squad after helping her junior Tigers to a runner-up
conference finish the night before. She ran a 6:31.88 mile and was third leg to
the 4x400m relay.

Ethan Chapman, Shelby Cole, Sadie
Roberts, and Logan Yoss similarly all moved up to the high school team for at
least one event at the Southside meet.

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Freshman Ethan Chapman and junior Artem Zirka finish the mile run at Southside.

Mansfield sent five total throwers to
the big show. Along with Wright, Mansfield entered Haylie Burns, Janna Coplin,
Jacob Brown, and Bri Sanderson.

Senior Haylee Buckner competed in her
last regular season meet. She met the high jump standard with a pre-meet jump
of 4’ 9”.

Sophomore Renden Emery was the busiest
of the Tiger men. He took a turn at the high jump, triple jump, 300m hurdles,
and 4x400m relay.

Victor Steffen, another sophomore, ran
lead leg on that 4x400m coop with Emery, Yoss, and Artem Zirka.

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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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