Wildcats break through at Ice Box Relays
By Lee Stubblefield
The Cassville thinclads had a breakout team performance at the Aurora Ice Box Relays on Thursday, April 8 and finished second in the boys team standings with 102.5 points. Lamar scored 106 to win the meet, which was attended by nine schools.
The Wildcats scored 68.5 points in the field events and placed in the first three relays to take an early lead. But the black and gold clad runners were shutout in the 100, 200, high hurdles and the two longest running events, and fell just three and a half points short of the tallest trophy.
Dylan Gibson was a double winner, owning both the shot and the discus rings. His throws of 46'7" and 144'9" easily bested the competition. Devin Linenbrink also won two events, taking the long jump with 18'11.75" and the triple jump with 38' 6".
Cassville athletes went one-two in two field events. Garrett Mahurin took second in the shot behind Gibson with a push of 41'8", and Trevor Tanner took the runner-up spot in the triple jump with a leap of 37'7.5".
The Cassville 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams made up of Tanner, Joseph Gouvion, Linenbrink and Zach Vititoe placed first (46.68) and third in their events.
Tyler Mitchell was the highest placing Wildcat individual in the track events, taking third in the 400-meter dash in 57.28. Matt Angel ran a strong fourth in the metric half mile, clocking in at 2:09.5. Angel also placed second in the high jump.
The Ladycats of Cassville scored 84 points to take fourth in a 10-team field. Reeds Spring won with 102.5 points followed by Willard and Lamar with 98 points each.
Marti Richmiller captured both horizontal jumps to lead Cassville. She covered 14'2.75" and 31'4.5" in the long and triple jumps respectively.
The sprint relay teams of Calisia Brookes, Risa Darveaux, Reba Dupont and Danielle Pianalto won gold in both the 4x100 and 4x200 stick events, clocking 53.31 and 1:55.0.
Besides her two relay wins, Darveaux also won the high jump, clearing the bar at 5'2", and won the 100-meter dash.
Jessica Barrientos placed third in the 1,600 in 6:10.9 and fourth in the 3,200 in 13:21.1. Brookes had a third place finish in the open 200.
Cassville scored twice in the 400-meter dash as Lockhard placed fourth in 1:10.2 and Kern was sixth in 1:11.3.
Becca Haney fought her way over over a personal best 7' on her way to the pole vault pit to earn a point for sixth place.