Bishop, Pianalto medal at districts
Cassville's Kyle Bishop is the Class 3, District 12 champion in the high jump following competition at Branson on Saturday.
The senior, who will become a member of Central Methodist University's men's track and field team in the fall, brought home gold by clearing 6'4" for the first time this season.
Bishop made the jump on his third and final try. With the win, Bishop has earned the right to compete at sectionals this Saturday at Ozark. If he medals there, he'll head onto the state.
Wildcat junior Nick Pianalto also qualified for sectionals by placing second in the discus, his premiere event. His throw of 138'9" was good enough for silver.
Other athletes who competed at the district meet were Nate Evans and Michael Baker.
Members of the Ladycat girls' track squad also competed in the Class 3 district meet in Branson.
The 400-meter relay team of Paige Hukill, Whitley Willard, Brittney Wilbanks and Ron'L Hoff placed eighth at districts.
Tia Baker placed seventh in the 800-meter run, and Brittany Vollenweider made it to the finals in both the discus and shot put. Misty Long placed sixth in the two-mile run.
"We would have liked to have performed at a higher level at the end of the season, but we did have a lot of success throughout the season, winning many medals and finishing first in the Cassville ninth and 10th grade meet," said Coach Brian Wilbanks.
"We have a talented group of middle school girls coming up, and if we can keep the good group of girls we have now through their senior year, we should only get better every year," Wilbanks added.
The season also saw two Ladycat athletes set new school records. Vollenweider set a record in shot put with a throw of 108'1", and Brittney Wilbanks established the school's pole vault record by clearing eight feet. Both Vollenweider and Wilbanks are sophomores.