Sailor track season kicks into high gear

First-year Mapleton track and field coach Ed Dillahay hosted his first meet on March 30. Dillahay also teaches P.E. for the Mapleton School District. (Photos by Zac Burtt/Siuslaw News)

Mapleton hosts Special District 2 meet

April 1, 2022 — On March 30, Mapleton hosted its first home track meet of the season when five other members of the 1A Special District 2 came to town for a league meet.

Crow, Glendale, McKenzie, Riddle and Triangle Lake joined the Sailors on picturesque Penellis Field and Bowerman Track, both located on the hill above Mapleton’s football field.

Mapleton’s two seniors were again the big winners for the Sailors at the event on Wednesday.

On the girls side, Opal Burruss won two events.

Opal achieved a personal record (28’5”) to win the triple jump. She also set a personal record in the 1500m when she finished in 5:44.71 to win that event also.

She also jumped 10’5” in the long jump to finish third and showed her versatility by also setting a personal record in the shot put (21’11”).

Freshman Helen Burruss was right behind her sister in the 1500m and finished second in that event. Helen also pulled off a third-place finish in the long jump when she jumped 10’5”. She also tried two throwing events, finishing ninth in shot put and 11th in discus.

With only two athletes competing, the Sailors will have an uphill battle all season when it comes to accumulating team points, so their 34-point/fifth-place finish on March 30 wasn’t a surprise.

The winner on the girls side was Triangle Lake, whose 133 points edged second-place Crow, which had 106.

For their victory, the Lakers were paced by speedy sophomore Ella Mather, who won the 200m and 400m and was also part of Triangle Lake’s win in the 4x100 relay.

Another top performance on the girls side came from Crow’s Clara Simonsen, a senior, who won the 800m, discus and javelin.

For the Sailor boys, senior Joe Shepard put on another show. Shepard won the triple jump, where he’s a contender for a state title, with a jump of 30’5”. He was also second in the high jump and fourth in long jump.

The highlight for junior Caleb Lewis was his second place in the 110m hurdles, where he set a personal record with a time of 22.81 seconds, and high jump, where Lewis also set a personal record when he jumped 4’10”. Lewis also finished fourth in the 400m.

Like their girl teammates, the Triangle Lake boys also won the team points competition. The Lakers scored 134. Next closest was McKenzie who had 72. Mapleton was sixth with 36 points.

Sophomore Viggo Beck was Triangle Lake’s top individual performer when he won the 800m and 1500m and was also part of the Laker’s 4x400 relay team that took first. Sophomore Marshall Mather won the 100m and finished second in javelin to also help lead Triangle Lake to victory.

Next for the Sailor track team is another 1A Special District 2 meet today in McKenzie. First events start at 11 a.m. at the McKenzie Community Track.