Wildcats have record breaking day

Thursday, April 26, 2007
<b>Final sprint to the finish</b> Nate Evans, with teammate Dannon Rose, close behind, leads the field in the 400-meter event. Evans won gold in the event and Rose placed fifth. Photo by Robert Hoppie/Action Sports Photos

By George Ulmer

Last Thursday, the Cassville Wildcat and Ladycat track teams hosted and competed in their own meet. All in all, 10 schools competed on what was a terrific night for track.

In the boys division, the Wildcats finished third just getting edged for second by Nixa in the final events.

The 4x800 meter team of Dannon Rose, Corey Wilbanks, Nate Evans and Jeremy Archuleta got things started for the Wildcats, placing first with a time of 8:46.0 and beating the best time this season by 18 seconds.

Brian Elkins on his second jump, in the triple jump, cleared his and the team s season best by over two feet with a leap of 41 2, which took first in the event. Evans set a team and personal best in the 400-meter with a time of 52.5 seconds. He also took first. Nick Pianalto placed first as well in the discus throw with a toss of 143 8 .

Cassville s 4x200 meter team (team members names were not available) took second in their event and also set a season best. Colt Beck finished second in the high jump with a personal and season best jump. Corey Wilbanks beat the team and his season best in the 3,200-meter race and took third. Billy Wright took third in the discus and set a personal best for himself.

Other top finishers on the boys side included: the 4x100 meter relay team (team members names were not available) who although finishing fourth at the meet edged even closer to the school record as they drew to within 23 hundreths of a second; Justin Nosler, fourth, 300-meter hurdles, and fifth, 100-meter hurdles; Wilbanks, fourth, 1,600-meter race; Brian Elkins, fourth, 200 meter race; Pianalto, fourth, shot put; Rose, fifth, 400-meter race; Cody Lee, fifth, shot put; Devon Scroggins, fifth, pole vault; Brent Elkins fifth, long jump; Evans, sixth, 800-meter race; Jacob Creason, sixth, pole vault; and Jeremy Archuleta, sixth, triple jump.

Overall, the Wildcats set 15 season bests and 19 personal bests on Thursday.

The Ladycats did much the same in the meet. They finished fourth as a team, falling just three points behind third place finisher McDonald County.

Again, the 4x800 meter team of Ron L Hoff, Misty Long, Ariell Abramovitz and Tia Baker got the team off on the right foot. The team took first in the event and beat the season best by a full minute and four seconds with a time of 10:56.0. Kristi Whitcomb took first in the 300-meter hurdles and also set a team and personal best with a time of 53.1 seconds.

Brittney Wilbanks set a new school record in the pole vault as she catapulted nine feet, beating her old record of eight feet and taking second. The 4x100 meter relay team of Hoff, Abramovitz, Nanci Young and Paige Hukill came within seven hundreths of a second to setting the school record as they took second. Young also took second in the 300-meter hurdles, setting a new personal best for herself. Hukill placed third in the 200 meters and was just one second shy of the school record in that event. The 4x400 meter team of Hoff, Baker, Whitcomb and Abramovitz also took third.

Other top finishers for the Ladycats were: Marti Rich-miller, fourth, triple jump, and sixth, high jump; the 4x200 meter team of Emily Orrell, Abramovitz, Young and Hukill, fifth; Hoff, fifth, 800-meter race; Young, sixth, 100-meter hurdles; Long, sixth, 3,200-meter race; Naomi Beck, sixth, shot put; and Hukill, sixth, triple jump.

The Ladycats set one new school record, came close on two more, set eight team bests and 11 personal bests.

Other area competitors

In addition to Cassville competing in the meet, both Southwest and Purdy had runners entered.

For Southwest, Dustin Breedlove took first in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:08.0. Randy Burns took fourth in the triple jump and sixth in the high jump. Kyle Buttrum finished sixth in the 3,200-meter race, and the Trojans 4x800 meter relay team took fifth. Charlotte Buttrum was the only Lady Trojan to place as she took first in the 3,200-meter with a time of 13:12.0.

Purdy did not place any competitors.

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