Posted Date: 03/13/2018
After an uneven indoor debut for a pair of inexperienced teams, Mansfield’s senior high track squads displayed a better feel for the outdoor venue. With a mixture of up and down results the Lady Tigers claimed third at the Booneville Relays while the men took seventh.
Waldron wrangled the top prize in the women’s division while Booneville kept their claws on the men’s trophy as host to the March 5 event.
Mansfield’s senior girls tallied 60.5 for a distant third place team score behind Waldron’s 145 and runner-up Ozark’s 102. The Tiger men combined for 46 points. Which placed them behind five bigger, classified schools and class 3A Lamar who only edged MHS by 3.5 points.
Jaicy Griffin, who missed the indoor season while playing basketball, gained early attention as one of the top sprinters in the area. The sophomore Tiger won the 200m dash and placed second the 100m race.
He also closed hard in a valiant attempt to bring the Tigers into contention in a very competitive 4x100m relay. By posting an anchor leg time of 11.31 seconds, Griffin surged the team of Jake Smith, Will Meadows, and Joris Felius into a fourth place finish at 49.40 seconds.
The sophomore track talent also posted a team high 19’ 2” in the long jump for another fourth place measurement.
The MHS men scored in every relay race and had solid places in the sprints and distance races. Their field event points were slow to take off as the crew only entered into three of six such events.
Garret Wilson, Blaine Bryant, Devon Pyles, and Felius booked a 4x800m relay in 10:05.32. The mark was only sixth in the big school men’s division but would have won the 2017 District 3A Region 1 West conference race by over a minute.
Wilson, Bryant, Meadows, and Felius ran 4:06.18 in the 4x400m relay for third place. Each man averaged just over 2 minutes and 31 seconds for the half mile splits.
Pyles kicked it in the 1600m run. The senior, who hadn’t run track for a few years but has concentrated on cross country for the past several seasons, ran a personal record in that race. His time was 5:28.49.
Pyles also pointed well in the 3200m run. His time of 11:41 was good for fourth place.
It was in the 3200m run that the Mansfield women had their best individual results. College prospect Megan Rose charted a second place finish in 13:32.
Rose also picked up a triple pack of third place ribbons through the 4x800m relay, 1600m run, and 800m run. The senior went 6:24.53 in the 1600m and 2:52.33 in the 800m. She anchored the distance relay with an individual split of 2:53.
Alyssa Berry, Corrina Wesley, and Lennon Woods joined Rose for the 8 lap partnership. Berry and Jesse George joined Rose as individual milers as well.
Wesley, the only other senior besides Rose on the girl’s squad, saw points fall her way through the triple jump, long jump, and two separate relays.
Wesley’s best individual performance came from a 28’ 2” triple jump. That measurement was good for third place.
Long jump offered Wesley another point from an eighth place finish. The sprint relay team of Addison Goetz, Delilah McKusker, Woods and Wesley took fifth.
Goetz, Berry, Woods, and McKusker supported the Lady Tiger’s best relay event on the evening with a second place 5:10.22.
Haylee Buckner jumped 4’ 4” for a fifth place award over at the high jump pit. McKusker and Wesley went sixth and eighth over the 300m hurdles.
Janna Coplin found a fourth place ribbon awaiting her at the discus ring. The sophomore threw 62’ 0” on the windy day. Teammate Jesse George grabbed seventh in the 3200m run to round out the Lady Tiger score.
On the men’s side, Blaine Bryant and Jake Smith handled the 400m runs for the Tigers. Jacob Brown and Zach Lowe covered the throws.