Wildcats win Ice Box Relays
The Cassville boys captured the tallest trophy at Aurora's Ice Box Relays on Thursday night. The Wildcats scored 120 points, easily outdistancing Carl Junction's 88.5 for second. Monett finished 11th in the 12-team field, scoring 38 points.
David Large's boys won with their usual formula of sprints and field events. Klayton Holt's fourth place in the 800 and an eighth place finish in the 4x800 relay were the only points Cassville scored in any event not field or sprint related.
Josh Lewright was a one-man army for the Wildcats. The senior multisport star won both the 200 (22.97) and 400 (53.93), and placed second in the 100 and the triple jump. Trevor Shumaker teamed with Lewright for a one-two sweep in both the 100- and 200-meter sprints. Shumaker won the 100 in 11.23 to Lewright's 11.26.
Cody Frana took second in both hurdle events. The Wildcats won the 4x200 relay (1:34.95) and placed second in the 4 x 200. Trevor Hobbs was fourth in the 400 while Bower was sixth in the high hurdles.
Devin Linenbrink placed third in the long jump and fifth in the triple jump. Garrett Mahurin took fourth in the shot, and Josh Lannum and Tyler Skinner placed fifth and eighth respectively in the discus.
In the pink division, Carl Junction ran away from the field with 122 points. Monett was fourth with 74, and Cassville finished seventh in the 13-team field with 52 points.
The Lady Wildcats continued their domination of the sprint relay events, winning both the 4x100 (53.34) and the 4x200 (1:53.85). Members of those winning relay teams include Danielle Pianalto, Calisia Brookes, Reba Dupont and Risa Darveaux.
Cassville's 4x400 relay team of Jessica Barrientos, Sydney Beuterbaugh, Gabz Ogan and Deborah Kern placed sixth in its stick event.
Risa Darveaux tied for fourth in the high jump with Monett's Hannah Martin.
Calisia Brookes and Darveaux placed second and fourth respectively in the 100-meter dash. Jessica Barrientos placed fourth in the 800-meter run with Deborah Kern taking seventh. Sydney Beuterbaugh was sixth in the 300-meter hurdles, while Courtney Parnell took seventh in the high hurdles.
"The girls are slowly coming around and improving at their events," said Coach Brian Wilbanks. "We continue to have some setbacks in some events, but we are hoping that everything comes together at the right time."