Posted Date: 03/13/2018
The wind was blowing so strong at the junior high Booneville Bearcat Relays on March 6 that at one point the entire contents of the stadium seemed to lift forward.
For most in attendance, running the short sprints, high hurdles, and triple jump was literally a breeze. Just about everyone else that ran a race wrapped around the track felt the strong resistance.
Despite the windy conditions that also turned cold as the night progressed, Mansfield’s junior girls and boys did fairly well against 15 scoring schools. The Tiger girls claimed a runner-up trophy while the boys finished fifth.
Although not winning any particular event, Mansfield’s girls scored in nearly every category. The results where an 87 point night that fell short of 4A power Waldron and their 132.5 winning total.
The Tiger men, comprised of mostly eighth graders with a four freshmen, showed solid performances in most areas as well. Collectively the young crew muscled out 52.5 points giving them a top five finish overall.
Sadie Roberts was a bright spot for the Lady Tigers. The field event specialist and hurdler scored in six events. She placed third in four of those events. A 4’ 6” high jump, 26’ 1/2” triple jump, 18.46 100m hurdles race, and an 1:01.91 sprint relay cooperative accounted for 24 points.
Roberts also placed fourth in the pole vault and took an eighth place measure in the long jump.
Mansfield’s best relay for the girls was the 4x800m distance grouping. Haylee Helms, Olivia Bouse, Faith Rainwater, and McKenzie Griffin passed the baton for a 12 minute 43 second running of the 8 lap event. It equaled a second place effort.
Helms, Bouse, Roberts, and Hailey Walker joined for the 4x100m relay. They clocked in for a third place (1:01.91) award.
Helms joined yet another relay team by starting the final partnership as well. She passed the 4x400m sprinter’s stick to Shelby Cole, who in turned passed to Rainwater followed by Griffin at anchor.
A time of 5:18.91 greeted the four runners for fifth place finish.
Helms was the Lady Tiger’s top pole vaulter. She cleared 7’ 0” for third place. That point production equaled Cole’s 300m hurdle score for a combined 12 point surge.
Cole, a first time hurdler, surprised in the 300’s. She raced out in a fast heat using long strides and a fearless attack over the 8 barriers. Her finish was clocked at 56.93.
Brandon Carver stood out in the boy’s competition. The eighth grader battled in the pole vault and high jump through the field events. He showed a burst of speed in the 100m dash, 4x100m relay, and 4x400m relay.
A vault of 9’ 6” and a vertical jump of 5’ 6” gave the Tiger talent 11 points towards the team cause. A 12.03 measure in the 100m dash and a 50.27 mark in the 300m hurdles gave the sprinter an additional five points.
Carver joined Renden Emery, Steven Perez, and Ethan Chapman in the 4x400m relay. That team placed fourth.
Austin Carlton and John Branche partnered with Emery and Carver for an earlier run in the 4x100m relay.
Emery gave Mansfield production in two hurdle races, the high jump, and the triple jump. The freshmen went 18.63 in the men’s 110m hurdles. He went 52.50 in the 300m intermediates after sailing 34’ 8’ in the triple and 5’ 2” over the high bar.
Bri Sanderson gave the Tigers a lift with 10 points combined from the shot and discus. The freshman whirled the discus 101’ for a third place prize. He also put the 4kg shot 37’ 4” for a fifth place honor.
Perez and Chapman both placed in the 1600m run. Blake Wilkins scored in the discus.
Mansfield’s other producers included Perez at the pole vault, Aaron Brewer with Dru Buckner, Perez, and Chapman in the 4x800m relay.
On the girls side, Walker scored at the long jump with a leap of 13’ 11” and in the 200m dash with a time of 31.47 seconds.
Bouse took fifth (3:00.12) in the 800m run while Hope Rainwater followed in seventh (3:07.54).
Seventh grader Madelen Jones moved up to score in both hurdle races. She was 19.02 in the 100m style and 1:00.12 in the 300m group.
Brooke Wright tallied six points with a third place toss in the discus. The freshman hurled the 1kg implement 71’ 0”.