Posted Date: 03/13/2023
Mansfield freshman boys gained valuable experience competing up on the high school team at the indoor state track championships. Just a few weeks removed from that third place finish, many of those same boys moved back down to start the outdoor junior high season.
Missing pieces due to dual sports kids involved in baseball, the Mansfield junior boys still held their own against a slate of 12 schools competing at the Ozark Junior Hillbilly Relays. The March 7 outdoor opener for most teams, saw the Tigers finish in third place overall.
“It was a good start,” said Mansfield boy’s assistant coach John Mackey. “We left some points on the table as a reduced roster left some events empty. Overall it wasn’t a bad start as the outdoor season gets underway. We’ll need others to get in better shape and fill those gaps.”
The Tigers totaled 76 points on 11 scoring events for the third place team position. Lamar played a strong hand pulling away late with the first place tally of 125 points. Booneville stayed in the fight but dropped to second place overall with 97.5 points.
The Lady Tigers sent a very young team to Ozark. With some illness and softball overlap, the group was populated with mostly seventh and eighth graders added to a trio of freshmen.
Freshman sensation Daisy Nelson, who won the 60m and 200m dashes at the 2A state indoor meet, was unavailable. She was double booked with spot duty on the Lady Tiger softball team.
That left freshman leaders Chloe Beran, Madison Hearron, and Addison Robles to corral the youth filled lineup.
Hearron posted one of the better scores for the ladies. The ninth grade horizontal jumper went 28-3 in the triple jump for third place points.
Seventh grader Abby Smith offered the most individual help with two top four individual scores. A second place pole vault of 7 feet coupled with a fourth place 300m hurdle race in 58.64 gave the team 13 quick points.
Whitley Boyd, an eighth grader, cleared 4-4 in the women’s high jump for another eight points off a second place finish.
It was Dominic Shores off the men’s team that had the highest finish from the Mansfield camp through the entire night. Shores cleared a competitive 110m hurdle race in 18.53 for the blue ribbon win.
He collected another six points from a third place 300m hurdle race later in the evening.
Braxton Bartlett appeared to be the fastest Tiger on the night. The freshmen runner went 24.37 in the 200m dash for second place. He also measured 12.25 in the 100m dash for seventh place.
The relay squad of Zander Walters, Dawson Robinson, Shores, and Bartlett finished in a second place time of 48.78 in the men’s 4x100m relay. The final 30 meters was a near disaster as Bartlett, the team’s anchor, had to fight through another runner’s interference.
Unaware of his lane space, a Booneville Bearcat had drifted to the outside completely out of his lane. What turned into a roadblock within Mansfield’s lane forced Bartlett through and around the interference to finish the race.
Caden Ore had the top throwing measurement of any Tiger on board. Ore sailed the 1kg discus 116-6.5 for a second place red ribbon. Robles, for the women, squeaked into the top eight also at the discus ring.
Alex Hecox contributed value through both hurdle races. His 49.80 clocking in the 300m intermediates was his best individual finish at fifth place.
Joseph Carter and Joey Williams each brought home a fourth place marker. Carter went 5-2 in the high jump while Williams went 5:26.20 in the 1600m run.
The pair also served as half the 4x800m relay team that also crossed in fourth place. Gunner Williams and Hunter Whittaker completed the other half.
Ashlynn Whittaker, Adeline Bray, Rylan Jones, and Smith copied the boy’s placement in the 4x800m relay. The combination of three seventh graders and an eighth grader completed the race in 12:25 for fourth place.
Payton Meyers, Emilee Parsons, Summer Lyon, and Bray offered 4x200m points to the Lady Tiger total.
Mansfield’s total team score ended at 46.5 points for fifth place in the team standings. Waldron took the team championship. Pottsville, Booneville, and Dardanelle finished in consecutive order just above the Lady Tigers.