A pair of Cassville High School track athletes have advanced to the Class 3 state track and field championships, which will be held at Lincoln University in Jefferson City this Friday.
Senior Billy Wright will be competing in the discus event after finishing fourth in sectional competition at Branson on Saturday with a throw of 153".
"Billy is throwing really well right now," said Coach David Large. "He's been consistent and has looked really good in the last two meets."
According to Large, only five athletes in the state threw farther than Wright's 153" and three of those were at the Branson sectional.
Brittney Wilbanks, another Cassville senior, has earned the right to compete at state in the pole vault. She was Cassville's top qualifier at sectionals, finishing second and clearing 9'5".
"Brittney struggled to begin sectionals but hung on and made a great comeback, and in the end, getting second place," said CHS Ladycat Coach Brian Wilbanks.
Wright will throw at 11 a.m. on Friday, and Wilbanks is scheduled to begin her competition at 2 p.m.
Other sectional results
The Cassville boys' 4x100 relay team had another great performance at sectionals and just barely missed qualifying for state. The team of Joseph Gouvion, Jacob Gouvion, Trevor Shumaker and Phillip Cooper finished in fifth place and set a new school record, besting their mark set earlier in the season.
"That is the closest we have had a relay team make it to state in six years," said Coach Large.
Sophomore Matt Angel also competed at sectionals in the high jump. He failed to make the cut for state but had a strong season for the Wildcats.
"Matt cleared six foot in the high jump and was jumping really well the last couple of meets," said Coach Large. "Sectionals was very tough with all eight competitors coming in at six feet or higher."
On the girls' side at sectionals, Misty Long finished sixth in the 800-meter run and Kristi Whitcomb also placed sixth in the 300-meter hurdles. Both Ladycats finished just two places away from qualifying for state.