New England senior Dakotah Mansfield has qualified for State in the 800M run during his second meet of the season in Hazen in early April. Mansfield qualified with a time of 2:01.73.
By RACHEL BOCK
Last season Mansfield placed fourth in the event at the North Dakota State Track meet last season with a time of 2:01.47.
Head Boys Track Coach Shawn Flaherty is also hoping that Mansfield will be able to qualify for state in the 1600M, and possibly the 3200M and in some relays as well. Flaherty is hoping that
the weather will cooperate and that there will be more meets for Mansfield to compete at.
Flaherty is pleased with the way the season is going for the senior and feels that a big part of Mansfield’s success is due to the strong work ethic and dedication that Mansfield dedicates to the sport.
“[Mansfield] works hard, runs in the morning, gets a couple workouts a day. He is a hardworking individual, and is our lone senior boy, and one of our leaders out there. He is encouraging other kids, and he has made it more of a team thing with everybody which is admirable on his part,” Flaherty said.
Even though Mansfield is pleased to have qualified for state so early, he has another goal in mind, breaking a record. There is a New England School record in the 800M that he has his eyes on. The record hasn’t been broken for a number of years, and not only does Mansfield hope he can beat the record, but his teammates are also rooting for him.
“Feels pretty good that everybody wants me to break the school record. The support has been great from my teammates,” Mansfield said.