Wildcats show improvements

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Pulling away Chuck Nickle Photography Danielle Pianalto runs away from her competition in the 200-meter race to claim first place in the event for the Lady Wildcats at the Cassville Invitational Meet last Thursday.

The Cassville boys' track team placed second and the girls claimed third at the annual Cassville Track and Field Invitational on Thursday evening at Wildcat Stadium. Carl Junction claimed the boys division with 145 points. Cassville totaled 96, and Southwest scored 28.

The Reeds Spring Lady Wolves scored 105 to take the pink division. Calisia Brookes and Danielle Pianalto won the sprint events as Cassville edged Carl Junction 83 to 82 for third, and Southwest scored 25 points.

Cody Frana paced Cassville with gold-medal performances in both hurdle races, while Josh Lannum won the shot with a throw of 45'5" and placed second in the discus.

Monett's Chris Renteria scored the distance trifecta, winning the 800, 1600, and 3200 meter runs.

Results for the Cassville boys are as follows.

First place

* 110-meter hurdles: Frana, 15.8.

* 300-meter hurdles: Frana, 42.0.

* Shot: Lannum, 45'5".

Second place

* High jump: Joseph Campbell, 5'6".

* Discus: Lannum, 129'5.5'.

Third place

* High jump: Cade Pendergraft, 5'5".

Giving it a toss Chuck Nickle Photography Josh Lannum, a senior at Cassville, hurls the shot put 45'5" to claim first place at the Cassville Invitational Meet last Thursday.

Fourth place

* Discus: Drew Still, 125'4'.

* 800-meter: Klayten Holt, 2:17.5.

* 200-meter dash: Glenn Thomas, 24.5.

* Pole vault: Kendal Cooper, 9'6".

* Long jump: Hayden Prater, 19'5".

Results for the Cassville girls are as follows.

First place

* 100-meter: Brookes, 13.1.

* 200-meter: Pianalto, 27.4.

Second place

* 400-meter: Katrin Fetzer, 1:05.0.

* Pole vault: Becca Haney, 8'6".

* Long jump: Pianalto, 15'5.75".

Fourth place

* 800-meter: Deborah Kern, 2:43.5.

* Discus: Katelyn Pitts, 78'11".

Southwest results

On Wednesday night, Linda Morgan was installed as the Southwest Track and Field coach. There were a few nerves for the new coach and her athletes on Thursday at Cassville.

Southwest does not have a track facility and the Cassville Invitational is the closest thing to a home meet for Southwest's runners, throwers and jumpers. Despite being the only small school in the meet, the Trojans and Lady Trojans made a respectable showing.

Senior Cristian Sellars led the Trojans in the boys division with his second place medal in the 800-meter. Sellars has signed to run at Fontbonne University in Clayton.

Freshman Nicole Ickes took second in the 100-meter dash, third in the long jump and fourth in the 400-meters for the Lady Trojans.

Carl Junction meet

The Carl Junction Invitational saw the Cassville thinclads struggle against some of the area's best track teams last Tuesday. The Lady Wildcats scored 54 points, finishing fifth in the field of 11 schools.

Cassville's boys scored 24 points in taking seventh position. Webb City ran away with the boys division with 173 points, and Neosho won the girls side with 121.5.

Lannum scored 18 points in the weight events to lead the Wildcats. He won the discus with a toss of 149'4.5", and placed second in the shot with a throw of 43'4.5".

The Lady Wildcats scored repeatedly in the sprint events in reaching their 54-point total. Brookes won the 100-meter in 13.34, while Pianalto won the 200-meter in 28.04.

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