Wildcat runners get 2007 season started

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Cassville Wildcats cross country team got its season underway this past week. The Wildcats competed in the Southwest Coaches Association meet in Nixa and the Monett Invitational.

Cassville did not have enough boys to qualify as a team and top runner Ryan Hamilton has been out with a minor leg injury. Ryan Pace led Cassville in the event. The junior took 77th in the race with a time of 19:51. Willie Linenbrink and Marcus Henry also ran for Cassville, finishing 92nd and 96th with times of 21:18 and 21:48 respectively.

The Cassville girls squad also competed in the event. Ron'L Hoff led the Ladycats taking 47th with a time of 22:16. Courtney Beagle finished right behind Hoff with a time of 22:20.

Others who competed for Cassville included: Misty Long, 57th (22:55), Tia Baker 62nd (23:21), Gabby LeCompte 72nd (24:03) and Cheyanne Essley 93rd (27:23).

"We ran some decent times," said head coach Chris Shore, "but not all of my girls ran their best."

The Ladycats finished eighth, which was higher than any of their district opponents that also ran in the competition.

The Wildcats also competed in the Monett invitational Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Cassville competed in the large class division, which included Class 3 and Class 4.

The Wildcat girls finished seventh overall. Long led the team, finishing 17th with a time of 22:51. Baker came in 29th (23:32), Beagle finished 48th (25:02), Hoff took 49th (25:08), LeCompte placed 60th (26:43) and Essley finished 68th (29:37).

The Wildcat boys team were not able to field a full team. Pace led their squad with a 53rd place finish and a time of 20:49. Others who competed for Cassville were Willie Linenbrink 78th (22:23) and Kelly Walsh 82nd (23:31).

In addition to the Wildcats many other local area teams competed in the Monett meet. Purdy, Wheaton and Southwest all participated in the event.

The Trojans did not have a full team but did well individually.

Southwest's Jacob Jenn-ings finished 10th with a time of 18:49, and Logan Pendergraft, the Trojans' other top runner, took 24th with a time of 19:55. Other Trojan finishers included Luke Hackett 27th (20:10) and Kyle Buttrum 31st (20:20). Southwest's Charlotte Buttrum finished 11th on the ladies' side with a 24:03 mark.
Wheaton did produce a full team for the event and finished ninth on the men's side.

Sean Crane was the Bulldogs top runner, finishing 38th at the 20:48 mark. Wheaton also had Bobby Tate 41st (21:05), Jakob Beck 49th (21:44), Jamie Musick 57th (22:17), Corbitt Bradley 74th (23:32), Dentin Schwartz 76th (23:55) and Brandyn Turner 84th (25:40).

The Lady Bulldogs also fielded some runners. Shannon Burns took 23rd with a time of 26:12, Rachel Russell finished 39th with a mark of 28:46 and Leah Jones finished 44th with a time of 34:07.

The Purdy boys team took 10th behind Wheaton.

Blake Williams led the Eagles, finishing 21st and posting a mark of 19:42. Trenton Patton finished 45th (21:23), Justin Kelly placed 50th (21:45), J. Jones took 69th (22:48), Scott Klein finished 75th (23:34), and Yang Yougyee took 90th (30:17).

Purdy had one girl runner, Audrey Patton, who took 26th with a time of 26:42.

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