Manning sets NM javelin record in opener
North Marion sophomore Tyler Manning picked up right where he left off on the javelin runway after his freshman year.
Taking part in his first competition of the 2019 season at the Wolfpack Small School Invitational at Tualatin High School on March 21 , Manning uncorked a throw of 150-05 that not only beat out his previous personal-best by more than five feet, but set a new school record for the North Marion High School track and field program, besting Marc Gillette's former school record of 149-06 set in 2006.
It was the second time in the past eight days Manning has set a new personal best in the event, and the fourth consecutive time he has set a PR dating back to last year's conference championships.
As a freshman, Manning set a new PR by one inch with a throw of 129-09 in the preliminary round of the 2018 Oregon West Conference Championships. He beat that mark in the finals with a distance of 135-11 to finish sixth in the event.
Manning proceeded to break that record in the first meet of the season — North Marion's intrasquad Husky Time Trials on March 13, where he peeled off a distance of 145-02 before upping that mark once against last week.
Manning wasn't the lone bright spot for the Huskies at Tualatin. The girls team saw the debut of senior Mar Verastegui, who is looking to make her third consecutive trip to the 4A state championship this season.
Verastegui finished 14th in the long jump at state as while just barely missing the cut on qualifying in the triple jump in her sophomore season. As a junior, Verastegui made it to state in the triple jump, placing seventh, but missed in the long jump.
In her opening meet of the season, Verastegui leapt into first place in the long jump by beating her previous PR with a mark of 16-09.75, a distance that would have been good enough to place fourth in last year's state event.
The North Marion track and field team will take spring break off before returning to competition in April, where the program will host 13 schools at the Husky Invitational on April 6.