The Cassville girls and boys track team opened up the 2008 season at McDonald County last Thursday night.
The Wildcat boys finished third overall at the Mustang Stampede and the Ladycats ended up in eighth place. Other teams competing at the meet included Carthage, East Newton, Jasper, McDonald County, Monett, Neosho, Pierce City, Purdy, Seneca and Southwest.
On the boys side of the competition, sophomore Matt Angel brought home gold in the high jump as he cleared 5'8" to lead the field. Devan Scroggins earned a bronze medal in the event with his jump of 5'8".
Phillip Cooper was also a gold medal winner in the 100-meter dash. The senior finished his race with a time of 11.3.
Fellow senior Cody Lee set a new school record in the shot put with his throw of 49'1.5", which was good enough for first place. Seth Thompson finished second in with a throw of 47'4".
Other top finishers for the Wildcats were: Cooper, second, 200-meter dash, 23.2; Billy Wright, third place, discus, 135'1"; Jake Musser, fifth place, 110-meter hurdles, 17.6, and fifth place, 300-meter hurdles, 47.2; and Corey Wilbanks, fifth place, 3,200-meter run, 11:26.
The Ladycat tracksters were led by sophomore Marti Richmiller who brought home two bronze medals in the high jump and long jump. She cleared 4'10" in high jump and leaped 15'15.5" in long jump at the first meet of the season.
Senior Brittney Wilbanks was Cassville's only other medal winner. She placed third in pole vault by clearing 9'.
Other key contributors for the Ladycats were: Paige Hukill and Risa Darveaux, fourth place, 200-meter, 28.0; Darveaux, fifth place, 100-meter, 13.1; Kyra Asbury, fifth place, discus, 91'1.5"; Emily Pry, sixth place, 1:11.1; and Kristi Whitcomb, sixth place, 300-meter hurdles, 53.1.