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The Outstanding Male Athlete at the Lebanon County Track and Field Championships is selected by a vote of six head coaches. Members of the media do not vote on the award

But if the media had voted, Palmyra’s Tony Mansfield would’ve been selected as the Outstanding Male Athlete at the county meet.

In a bizarre turn of events at Saturday’s Lebanon County Track and Field Championships at Lebanon High School, Mansfield was not recognized as the Outstanding Male Athlete on the track, despite winning four events. It may have been the first time in the history of the popular event that a runner won four events and wasn’t honored as the Outstanding Athlete.

Mansfield began his day by winning the 100-meter dash in 11.21 seconds, then followed it up by capturing the 400-meter dash in 51.38. Then, the Cougar sprinter ripped off a 22.64 to strike gold in the 200-meter dash, before anchoring the victorious Palmyra 1600-meter relay team, which also included Xander Topos, Jake Klucinec and Quinton Townsend, to a new meet record of 3:22.61.

Certainly, Mansfield’s performance at the County meet bodes well for his postseason chances moving forward. He will seek to lower his times and to continue collecting medals at the upcoming Mid-Penn Conference championships, the District Three meet and, quite possibly, at the PIAA Track and Field Championships.

During the fall season, Mansfield also starred on the gridiron for the Palmyra football team.

  • Jeff Falk

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