Sailors gain steam toward district

Mapleton sophomore Phillip Burnett (left) set PRs in both the 100 meters and 110-meter hurdles at McKenzie on Saturday.

“The goal is to begin peaking as you head into district.”

May 1, 2019 — “The goal is to begin peaking as you head into district,” said Mapleton track and field coach Johnny Sundstrom. “With 19 PRs and three season-best performances, we seem to be gaining steam at the right time.”

During last Saturday’s 1A meet at McKenzie High School, six girls teams and eight boys teams competed in a meet that is essentially a district preview, with most teams coming from within the 1A Special District 2.

Crow High School took the team title in both the girls and boys divisions, with Mapleton finishing third and second, respectively, overall.

For the boys, brothers JJ and Nate Neece each had three personal records on the day, with JJ placing second in both the 100-meter dash in a PR time of 11.88 and in the 300-meter hurdles in 20.11, which wasn’t a PR. However, the sophomore went on to win the javelin after launching a PR throw at 147-05 and landed a personal record in the triple jump for first place at 41-01.5.

Nate, a junior, opened the day with a PR time in the 200-meter race (26.01) for fifth place, then PRd in the 400 meters in 59.45 for another fifth-place finish. He also PRd in the long jump with a leap of 16-11 for first place, and also was sixth in the shot put at 34-08.5.

Other PRs came from sophomore Phillip Burnett in the 110-meter hurdles (20.11) for second place and in the 100 meters (13.43) to finish 10th; freshman Joseph Shephard in the 800 meters (3:26.59); sophomore Robert Burnett in the high jump (5-02) for third place and a season-best in the 3,000 meters (13:42.89) for third place; and junior Dylan Rog-ers in the shot put (37-03) for third place, as well as a season-best mark in the javelin (129-06) for second place.

For the girls, sophomore Emily Stevens had two PRs and a pair of third-place finishes at McKenzie, first with a time of 14.24 in the 100 meters and a time of 32.09 in the 200 meters.

Stevens also placed third in the 100-meter hurdles (19.68) and ran a leg on the second-place 4x100-meter relay team with freshmen Brier Shird and Opal Burruss, and junior Trinity Holmes (1:00.43).

Burress had her own PR on Saturday, in the 1,500-meter race, with a time of 6:01.47 to place second. Burruss also ran the 3,000 meters, finishing second in 13:25.75.

In the long jump, Shird landed a PR at 12-10 for fourth place. She also placed third in the 800 meters (3:00.39).

Junior Darleena Bender ran a PR in the 300-meter hurdles with her time of 1:14.25 to finish fifth.

“We’re building our momentum and trying not to peak too early,” Sundstrom said of the team, which competes at the Toledo Twilight Invite this Friday before heading to district the following week.

First event at Toledo is set for 4 p.m.


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