CHS Wildcat runners are looking stronger
Recently the Cassville Wildcat cross country teams competed in three different meets, including their own Cassville Invitational.
The team traveled to Carl Junction on Oct. 5, and the Ladycat varsity girls team looked good, placing three runners in the top 20.
Ron'L Hoff finished in 15th place followed by Tia Baker in 18th place and Misty Long in 19th place.
Ryan Hamilton won the boys junior varsity division with a time of 18:06, and Gage Holloway led the Cassville middle school runners, placing eighth with a time of 9:28 in the one and a half mile race.
Last Monday, Cassville hosted their own invitational.
In the junior high girls division, Jessica Barrientos and Calisia Brooks placed 42nd and 54th respectively, while the middle school boys were paced by Holloway who enjoyed a sixth place finish. Others who competed were: Austin Deffenbaugh, 48th place; Garrett Barnes, 64th place; Ben Crawford, 66th place; Lane Weldy, 68th place; Kendall Cooper, 80th place; and Drew Chadd, 92nd place.
In the high school boys varsity division, Hamilton placed ninth with a time of 18:32, and Willie Linenbrink took 39th, Kelly Walsh placed 51st and Zach Jacobs was 59th. Baker led the girls team with a sixth place finish and a time of 22:15. Long and Courtney Beagle also had a strong race, placing 11th and 18th respectively. Other top Ladycat runners were: Arriell Abramovitz, 33rd; Gabby Vincent 41st; Gabby LeCompte, 42nd; and Cheyann Essley, 55th.
Overall the Cassville girls team took third in the meet.
"Our meet was a success," said Coach Chris Shore. "The kids ran hard and did well. I want to thank all of our parents and helpers."
Cassville runners rounded out the week at Southwest on Thursday and had another strong showing.
In the middle school event, Holloway took sixth place in the boys, and Jessica Barrientos placed 11th in the middle school girls race.
Hamilton again led all Wildcat runners with a sixth place finish and a time of 18:00. Corey Wilbanks finished in 17th place.
The girls finished second as a team with Baker, Hoff, Long, Beagle and Abramovitz taking 12th through 16th places.
Now the Wildcat runners will turn their attention to conference, which is just a week away.