MHS track competes at Toledo Twilight

Freshman Dom Stewart joined the Mapleton track team half-way through the season. He achieved a PR in high jump at the Toledo Twilight meet on May 6. He also competed in the 100m, shot put and discus. (Photo by Zac Burtt/Siuslaw News)

Last warm-up before district

May 11, 2022 - The Mapleton track and field team traveled north to Toledo on May 6 for the Toledo Twilight Meet. This represented the Sailor’s final warm-up before their district competition at the end of this week.

As is usually the case, Mapleton was the smallest school in the competition.

“The Mapleton track team competed very well against some schools whose track teams were the size of our high school,” said MHS coach Ed Dillahay.

There were only three Sailors who took to the track at the event.

First, the lone female representative, junior Emily Neece, tried her hand at the throwing events: shot put, discus and javelin.

Though Neece had an off night, she still finished seventh in discus.

“Emily is looking forward having a full week to prep for district,” said Dillahay.

Next, freshman Dom Stewart tried his hand at four events. This was Stewart’s second meet of the year as he only recently joined the team.

Stewart competed in high jump, 100m, shot put and discus.

According to Dillahay, “Dom is continuing to improve, with a PR [4’6] in the high jump.”

Lastly, senior Joe Shepard shows why he has been the top scorer for the MHS track team most of the season.

Shepard won the triple jump, edging Coquille’s Brock Willis, one of the top triple jumpers in the 2A division. Shepard jumped 40’8.75, his second longest triple jump of the year. He finished tied for second in the high jump, with a personal best 5’8 jump. He also competed in the long jump.

Next for the Sailors is 1A Special District 2 Championships in McKenzie on Friday. First events start at 11 a.m.