Pictured: Shelby Cole, Katlynn Moore, Faith Rainwater, Jadelynn Wood, and Hope Rainwater accepts the Gaile Hainley runner-up trophy
Mansfield had good days at Waldron’s track. During the week-long Bulldog Relays run from April 5 through April 8, the Lady Tigers claimed three awards.
In the seventh grade competition on April 5, Mansfield’s Daisy Nelson won the high point award. Then the next night on April 6, the entire junior girls’ team outscored 28 other teams to claim the team championships. Finally, on Thursday, April 8, the senior girls took the runner-up team trophy against a field that included 31 schools.
Nelson started the week off right as the budding track star won the pole vault, 100m hurdles, and 100m dash. For good measure, she added a fifth-place long jump into the mix for 34 individual points and the high point plaque in the girls’ division.
Nelson wasn’t done as she returned to Waldron the following day for the junior high division. There she won the pole vault and 100m hurdles again.
Mansfield’s total team effort raised 149.25 points for the victory. Six different events saw the Lady Tiger juniors finish first. Three times they took second place. And, on five different occasions, they took third.
Nelson, Kaylee Ward, Aaliyah Summers, Carter Whiley, and Addie Bowman all had hands in the six victories.
Summers, Whiley, Bowman, and Nelson cooperated in the fastest 4x100m relay time. Their 56.22 clocking was their quickest mark together this season. Summers also won the 100m dash in a time of 14.10 seconds to add to 10 more to the sprint points.
Ward won both the shot and discus. Her shot put heave of 36’ 5” was a personal record and beat the closest girl by 3 feet 3 inches.
Laney Wood and Trinity Triska gave Mansfield’s juniors high value from the 400m on up. Wood was third in the 1600m run. Triska was third in the 800m run and fifth in the 400m dash. Together they joined Alyssa Black and Azlynn Stover for a third-place 4x800m relay team.
Wood was also second in the pole vault, fifth in the triple jump, and eighth in the 800m run.
Triska took seventh in the triple jump and was anchor to the third place 4x400m relay squad.
Black, Meghan Emery, and Bowman joined Triska on that meet ending final relay.
Black, Raine Hecox, Stover, and Shelbie Fuller teamed up to take fifth in the 4x200m relay.
Bowman and Nelson cleaned up in the hurdles races. The pair amassed 20 points collectively through the 100m and 300m styles.
Whiley continued her growth in the track and field arena. The eighth-grader scored in three events for 16.5 points. She was second in the 200m dash, third in the 100m dash, and part of the first place sprint relay team.
The senior girls had a solid night with 112 accumulated points. Host Waldron took the Gaile Hainley Championships with 138 points.
Faith Rainwater, Madelen Jones, Makayla Strutton, and Danielle Lillie continued their progress in the 4x100m relay. The four went 54.88 in only their second time together. The mark was good enough for second place in a photo finish with Booneville’s 54.63 first-place nod.
Lillie and Strutton continued a hot streak in the 100m hurdles. In a closely contested race, the pair went top two for the second consecutive week. Lillie came out on top of this one with a 17.63 etching. Strutton nosed past in 0.05 seconds later for the second-place prize.
Jadelynn Wood and Jones gave Mansfield hurdlers more good news as the pair gave the team another 11 point boost. Wood clocked in at 56.70 in the 300m hurdles for third place. Jones was fourth at 56.94.
Rainwater and twin sister Hope Rainwater gave MHS value in the distance events. They each scored individually in the 3200m and 1600m runs respectively. Faith also scored in the 800m run.
The twins plus Darby Jones and Wood made the 4x800m squad relevant with a 12:10 mark. That time was second overall.
Brooke Wright, Sarah Fisher, and Seven Sanderson pushed the pack in the throwing events. The trio together took two seconds and two-thirds in the shot and discus events.
Madelen Jones, Strutton, Lillie, and Faith Rainwater netted 13 points in the jumps department. The four covered the long jump, triple jump, and high jump duties for the team.
Haylee Helms set a PR in the pole vault at 7’ 0”. She was the lead leg in the 4x200m relay team with Shelby Cole, Harleigh Mars, and Wood. Together the quad squad took fourth at 2:06.84.