Wildcats finish second in Big 8
The Cassville Wildcat boys track team finished third at the Big 8 Conference track meet at East Newton High School on Tuesday, May 4, scoring 81 points. The Monett Cubs won the Big 8 title with 132 points followed by Mt. Vernon with 84. East Newton finished in fourth with 80 points followed by Lamar (73), Carl Junction (58), Seneca (33) and Aurora (16).
The Carl Junction Lady Bulldogs lived up to their top billing, blowing away the pink division with an impressive 160 points. Monett took 2nd with 97, followed by East Newton's 86 and Aurora's 73. Lamar headed the second tier with 64, Cassville scored 50, and Mt. Vernon and Seneca finished with 18 and 9 points, respectively.
There were a number of double winners, including Cassville's Dylan Gibson and Monett's Jenny Frazier in the throws, East Newton's Lindsey Bragg in the horizontal jumps, and Aurora's sprint champ Emily Weldin.
In winning his gold medal in discus, Gibson set a new Cassville High School and Big 8 record with his throw of 166'4," surpassing a conference record (164'7") that was set by Dusty Jones, of Carl Junction, in 1989 and a CHS record (165'10") that was established by Nick Pianalto in 2007.
Gibson also won gold in the shot put with his heave of 49'10.5" and the discus 166'4".
Corey Phillips, of Mt. Vernon, won the boys horizontal leaps but missed a third gold by one spot when he placed second in the high jump.
The Cassville sprint relay team of Joseph Gouvion, Trent Tanner, Trevor Shumaker and Devin Linenbrink edged Lamar in the 4x100 stick event - 46.1 to 46.2 - in the best race of the afternoon.
Matt Angel was another event champion for Cassville. He won the Big 8 golf medal with his finish of 52.9 in the 400 meters.
Linenbrink was a second place medalist in the long jump. He also earned a bronze medal in the 200 meters.
Angel and Tyler Mitchell also finished as third place medalists in the high jump and 800-meter events respectively. The 4x200 relay of Gouvion, Trent Tanner, Shumaker and Josh Lewright placed third also.
Cassville girls results
Risa Darveaux brought home gold for Cassville by clearing 5'0" in the high jump. The 4x100 and 4x200 relays teams of Darveaux, Danielle Pianalto, Reba Dupont and Calisia Brookes also were Big 8 champions. The teams finished their races in 53.7 and 1:50.3.
Darveaux also picked up a bronze medal in the 100-meter dash.