Just days after competing at the 2020 ATCA indoor state finals, Mansfield took it’s senior girls track squad to Booneville on March 3 for the first outdoor meet of the season. Behind a very strong showing in the field events, the MHS women posted the first team win of the season.
Sadie Roberts equaled her class 3A state title high jump mark of 5 feet to easily win the Bearcat vertical event. Faith Rainwater took the pole vault victory at 7-6. Brooke Wright the blue ribbon winner with an outstanding toss of 94-8 at the discus circle.
Those were the first three scoring events for the senior girls at the Bearcat Relays. All resulting in blue ribbons for the Tiger women.
Mansfield would take two more first places later in the night. The relay of Hope Rainwater, Katlynn Moore, McKenzie Griffin, and Faith Rainwater won the 4x800m race. Micah Smith, Makayla Strutton, Delilah McKusker, and Danielle Lillie won the 4x100m relay.
Mansfield continued the trend with more high marks throughout the night.
Lillie and Strutton negotiated the 100m hurdles in consecutive times of 17.64 and 18.25 for second and third places respectively.
McKusker and Strutton had similar finishes in the 300m hurdles to give Mansfield an extreme edge in the barrier races. McKusker was clocked at 58.52. Strutton followed at 58.60.
Faith Rainwater, Darby Jones, Griffin, and Moore collected a bounty of the distance points. Haylie Burns contributed in the both throws.
Roberts was busy with two thirds and a second place finish to add to her first place high jump.
Three days later Mansfield’s senior girls competed at the Van Buren Runners’ Festival. Lillie, Strutton, McKusker, and Lennon Woods placed well in the hurdles. This time Woods was the fastest Lady Tiger over the 300m hurdles. Lillie was once again the top Tiger at the 100m highs.
Faith Rainwater and Jones clocked better times against stiffer competition in the 3200m run. The pair clocked in at 14:00 and 14:07 for fourth and fifth places.
McKusker, Roberts, Strutton, and Lillie ran the 4x200m relay exhibition. The going was good until a bobbled handoff slowed them down to second place overall. The group went 2:05.93 in the race.
Addison Goetz, Woods, Roberts, and Lillie were third in the 4x100m relay.