Posted Date: 03/13/2018
For the majority of the Mansfield seventh grade track athletes, March 8 was their first time to compete in a real track and field event. Despite their newness to the sport, both the MMS girls and boys track teams took home plaques from the Booneville Bearcat Relays.
The Mansfield women narrowly missed first place. The collective group came in second (91 points) by 3.5 points to host school Booneville who scored 94.5 points.
The Mansfield men similarly took home a second place plaque. They were runner up to 4A power Mena. Final numbers put it at a 97 to 81 Bearcat decision.
The Lady Tigers forged a lead in the early going by winning 3 of 6 field events. Skylynn Harris took both the shot and discus titles while Natalie Allison won the pole vault.
Allison would have made it 4 of 6 victories through the field events but a tie breaker rule in the triple jump pushed her down to second. Mansfield was solid the rest of the way by scoring in 13 of 16 total events.
It was a bit of controversy three-quarters into the night that tainted the final standings. It stemmed from a procedural error by the host school when setting up the 300m intermediate hurdles.
With four events to go, Mansfield standout Madelen Jones, was well on her way to winning the long hurdle race. Three hurdles from the finish, the Tiger talent realized something was wrong.
Track officials inadvertently placed the taller boy hurdles on the track for the final few jumps. Jones, straining to negotiate the taller barrier, stumbled over the last hurdle and fell.
Costing her at least 4 seconds, the seventh grader finally rolled past the finish but dropped to fourth place in the process. The point change loomed large as the final team standings would most likely have been flipped.
Olivia Bouse, a Tiger newcomer that also runs on junior high nights like Jones, gave the MMS girls a boost. She gave her team value by placing in four running events. Those included the 800m (4th), 1600m (6th), 4x800m relay (4th), and 4x400m relay (3rd).
Cassidy Carlton, Trinity Woods, and Jadelynn Wood joined Bouse in the 4x800m cooperative. Wood, Allison, and Jones teamed up in the 4x400m grouping.
The Tiger men also had early success. Trenton Leroy won the pole vault while Branson Carver took the high jump.
Mansfield hurdlers Tommy Phang and Logan Cravey scored 16 points through the 110m and 300m style races. The pair also joined two relay groups that took a first and a fifth place stand.
Gage Rogers and Carver united with Phang and Cravey to win the closing 4x400m relay. The squad blasted two heats of the final relay to take the win in 4:34. The same grouping, although in different order, took fifth in the 4x100m relay earlier in the night.
The first relay event saw Clinton Stovall, Tyler Woolbright, Ashton Hinkle, and Leroy combine for a sixth place in the 4x800m cooperative.
Hinkle also scored a third in the pole vault. Braxton Byers took sixth in the discus. Phang placed seventh in the long jump.
Mansfield horizontal jumpers also included Seth Carter and Kindel Noblitt. Codee Helms and Levi Cothran helped in the throws. Gary Willis took a turn in the 800m run.
For the girls Alayna Turner and Seven Sanderson scored in the discus. Alyana Swanger threw both the shot and discus.
Magean Newman covered more of the women’s hurdles and joined Serenity Brunson, Allison, and Jones on the seventh place 4x100m relay team. Brunson and Jones also competed in the girls long jumped.
Chloe Jones and Rylie Puterbaugh handled the girls short sprints. While Bethany Sartin triple jumped and ran the 1600m run.