The Cassville Wildcat and Ladycat track teams traveled to Branson this past week to compete. Both teams fared well in a highly competitive and deep contest. The girls' team finished fifth overall while the boys placed seventh.
For the Ladycat sprinters, it was a good day. In the 200-meter race Paige Hukill took fifth. In the 400-meter race Leah Jones took third with a time of 1:05.76. Kristi Whitcomb led the Ladycat hurdlers, picking up a third place in both the 100-meter (18.92) and 300-meter (52.71) races. Nanci Young also took fourth place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.92.
Field event competitors also helped the Cassville girls to a fifth place finish with Marti Richmiller leading the way. She jumped 14'9.5" in the long jump, which was good enough to earn her third, place and also got fifth place in the high jump and triple jump. Brittney Wilbanks also took third in the pole vault with a height of 8'00," which ties Cassville's school record that she previously set.
The Cassville girls' relay teams also did well. The 4x100 team made up of Ron'L Hoff, Ariell Abramovitz, Wilbanks and Hukill took fourth place with a time of 54.64 seconds. The Ladycat 4x800 team (Hoff, Misty Long, Abramovitz and Tia Baker) also placed fourth with a time of 12:00.34. The 4x200 team took fifth.
On the boys' side, the Wildcats field events were their strength. Cody Lee led the 'Cats with a third place finish in the shot put on a 43'08.5" toss. Seth Thompson also took eighth in the event. Others who helped Cassville collect points in field events were: Brian Elkins who took fifth in the triple jump; Billy Wright who took seventh in the discus throw; and Brent Elkins who finished eighth in the long jump.
Cassville sprinters also had a good night, highlighted by Nate Evans' performance. Evans ran a 52.82 second 400-meter to garner third place and record a personal best in that event.
Others who did well included: Justin Nosler who finished seventh in the 110-meter hurdles; Phillip Cooper who finished seventh in the 100-meter race; Tim Orrell who took eighth in the 200-meter race; and Jake Musser who finished eighth in the 110-meter hurdles.
Cassville's relay teams also did fairly well. The 4x100 team (Orrell, Brian Elkins, Brent Elkins and Cooper) almost set a school record as they took third in the event. Their time was 46.12 seconds, which is simply three-tenths of a second off the school record. The 4x200 team (Jon Haney, Jacob Gouvion, Joseph Gouvion and Cooper) and the 4x800 team (Jeremy Archuleta, Evans, Matt Angel and JR Woodruff) both finished seventh.
Cassville runners will next compete at Aurora this Thursday.