Wildcats tune up for districts
The Cassville Wildcat varsity track teams went to two meets recently and were busy tuning up for districts.
The Wildcats traveled first, just a little ways up the road, to compete at the Monett Relays. The girls did well on the day, finishing sixth overall.
Marti Richmiller set a personal and team best in the triple jump with a leap of 32'11". She also took fifth in the long jump. The 3,200-meter relay team of Ron'L Hoff, Tia Baker, Ariell Abramovitz and Misty Long took second overall. The same team also finished fourth in the 1,600-meter event.
The 400 meter relay team of Emily Orrell, Abramovitz, Leah Jones and Hoff received third. Orrell took fifth in the 200-meter race, and Naomi Beck rounded out the Ladycat scoring by placing sixth in the shot put.
The boys took third overall, finishing just 14 points behind first.
The Wildcats had four first place finishers. The 3,200-meter relay team of Corey Wilbanks, Nate Evans, Dannon Rose and Jeremy Archuleta took first with a time of 9:01.08.
Nick Pianalto garnered first place honors in the discus throw with a toss of 143'6", and the 400-meter relay team did the same with a time of 46.18 seconds. Wilbanks finished first in the 3,200-meter race setting a new team best and personal best in the event with a time of 10:40.78.
Wilbanks also took second in the 1,600-meter race. Phillip Cooper took third in the 100-meter race, and Evans finished third in the 400-meter race. Archuleta took third in the triple jump.
Cassville's 800-meter team and 1,600-meter team took fourth and sixth respectively. Devan Scroggins took fifth in the pole vault and sixth in the high jump. Cody Lee took fourth in the shot put. Colt Beck took fourth in the high jump with Mathew Angel coming in right behind him in fifth. Billy Wright took fifth in the discus throw, and Cooper took fifth in the 200-meter race. Brent Elkins finished sixth in the long jump.
Big 8 meet results
Cassville also competed at the Big 8 conference meet. with the young men taking fourth overall at the meet.
Brian Elkins took first place in the triple jump with a jump of 39'10". The 3,200-meter relay team of Wilbanks, Evans, Rose and Archuleta took second, setting a new season best by six seconds with a time of 8:40.94. Wilbanks took second in the 3200-meter race, finishing just three seconds behind the first place finisher.
The Lee brothers shined for Cassville in the throwing events. Cody Lee took third in the shot put with a hurl of 46'7.25". He broke both his personal best and the team best with the toss. Brother AJ Lee finished second in the discus throw. He threw 127'6.5," which broke his personal record by eight feet.
The Cassville girls' squad also took fourth in the Big 8 meet.
The 3,200-meter relay team of Hoff, Long, Abramovitz and Baker placed second with a time of 10:41.3, beating the team best by 15 seconds.
Kristi Whitcomb took second in the 300-meter hurdles. Long garnered second place honors in the 3,200-meter race, posting a personal and team best time at 13:12.27. Nanci Young set a new personal best and team best in the 100-meter hurdles while taking third. Her time was 17.62 seconds.
The 400-meter relay team of Hoff, Abramovitz, Brittney Wilbanks and Hukill took third, and Richmiller finished third in the long jump and fourth in both the high jump and triple jump.
The 800-meter team of Orrell, Jones, Young and Abramovitz finished fourth. Jones was also fourth in the 400-meter race.
Baker took fourth in the 800-meter race, and Hukill finished in that same position in the 200-meter race. Brittney Wilbanks took fourth in the pole vault, while teammate Beck finished sixth in the shot put.
"This was a great finish for the girls team," said Coach Brian Wilbanks. "They improved from a sixth place finish last year."
Wilbanks also feels that the team might be able to compete for the Big 8 championship next year.
Both teams will compete again on Saturday at the district meet at Carl Junction.