Cross country teams attract good numbers

Thursday, August 31, 2006
Cassville cross country teams Members of the 2006 Cassville Wildcat cross country teams are pictured above. Both middle school and high school runners posed for a photograph before beginning their early morning run. In the front row, from left, are: Lane Weldy, Kendall Cooper, Drew Chadd, Garrett Barnes, Calisia Brookes and Trinity Smith. Second row: Jessica Hilburn, Gabby Vincent, Gage Holloway, Cheyann Essley, Ben Crawford, Austin Deffenbaugh, Tia Baker and Ron'L Hoff. Third row: Coach Chris Shore, Courtney Beagle, Misty Long, Kelly Walsh, Dale Henbest, Zach Jacobs, Ryan Hamilton and Willie Linenbrink. Absent from the photo were Ariell Abramovitz, Gabby LeCompte, Corey Wilbanks and Leah Jones. Democrat Photo (b)

Cassville Wildcat cross country teams will open the 2006 season at Berryville, Ark., on Sept. 9.

The team, coached by Chris Shore, has attracted 24 runners in middle school and high school.

Coach Shore expects his Ladycats to have a good chance at performing well in the conference and district meets.

"Our girls team should stack up very well," said Shore.

The Ladycats return five from last year's team and also picked up several new runners who show promise.

Returning letterwinners include juniors Ron'L Hoff and Gabby LeCompte and sopho-mores Courtney Beagle, Tia Baker and Ariell Abramovitz. Hoff earned All-Big 8 and All-District honors last fall as did Baker and Beagle. All three runners also qualified for the state cross country meet in Jefferson City.

Top prospects for the girls include junior Misty Long, sophomores Cheyann Essley and Leah Jones and freshman Gabby Vincent. Long was a frequent medalist in long distance events during the 2006 track season.

Only one boy returns from last year's squad. Junior Kelly Walsh is the boys team's lone returning letterwinner.

He will be joined by junior Dale Henbest, sophomore Corey Wilbanks and freshmen Zach Jacobs and Willie Linenbrink.

"The boys group is inexperienced overall but should compete," said Coach Shore.

Junior high runners include: Lane Weldy, Kendall Cooper, Drew Chadd, Garrett Barnes, Calisia Brookes, Trinity Smith, Jessica Hilburn, Gage Holloway, Ben Crawford and Austin Deffenbaugh.

When looking ahead to this season's competition, Shore points to East Newton as the team to beat for both the boys and the girls. He also expects Monett to field strong cross country teams this fall.

Cassville's schedule, which features six meets before Big 8 and district competition, is as follows: Berryville, Ark., Sept. 9; Monett High School, Sept. 12; Nixa High School, Sept. 19; East Newton High School, Sept. 26; Cassville Invitational, Oct. 9; and Southwest, Oct. 12.

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