Mapleton didn’t have to travel far to for its third meet of the season


March 23, 2019 — Mapleton didn’t have to travel far to for its third meet of the season, bringing some 1A heat to the multi-classification Siuslaw Icebreaker Invitational last Thursday at Siuslaw High School.

For the girls, junior Trinity Holmes had the team’s top individual finish with a second-place run in the 400 meters with a personal best time of 1:12.89. Teammate Opal Burress, a freshman, placed fourth in 1:24.39. Burress also ran the 3,000-meter event, clocking a PR time of 13:02.41 to finish third overall.

Also finishing third was the Lady Sailors’ 4x1 relay team of Emily Stevens, Brier Shird, Jahala Blake and Holmes, with a time of 59.16.

Other top finishes for the girls’ team included: Stevens, with fifth place in the 100 meters (14.56); Blake, who finished fifth in the 200 meters (32.68), 11th in the 100 meters (15.35) and 10th in the long jump (12-03); Daleena Bender, with 10th place in the 200 meters (36.57) and 15th in the 100 meters (16.74); and ninth place for Shird in the long jump with a leap of 12-04.75.

In the boys events, sophomore JJ Neece won the 300-meter hurdles with a personal best of 45.81. Neece also won the high jump with a PR at 5-08 and landed second in the triple jump at 39-09.

Neece also ran a leg on the second-place 4x1 relay team with Jeremy bender, Phillip Burnett and Nate Neece, clocking a time of 49.43.

Other top boys’ team finishes included:  Nate Neece, who was fourth in the 400 meters with a personal best of 59.6, was 111th in the 200 meters (27.13), and was seventh in the shot put with a mark of 33-10;  sophomore Robert Burnett was seventh in the 3,000 meters (14:01.90); Phillip Burnett, also a sophomore, placed sixth in the 300 hurdles (53.80); and junior Dylan Rogers had fifth-place finishes in both the shot put (36-11) and javelin  (123-06).

The Sailors will be back on the track April 2, when it hosts the Mapleton Invitational.

Events begin at 3 p.m.

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