Lady Wildcats second at Big 8 track championships
The Cassville Lady Wildcats turned in a strong 110-point performance to place second at the Big 8 Conference Track and Field Championships held at Monett on May 1. The Lady Bulldogs from Carl Junction won the meet with a score of 128. Lamar finished third with 89, and Monett was fourth with 59.
Cassville's boys finished fourth with 76 points. A powerful Lamar Tigers team took first with 175, followed by Carl Junction with 98, and Monett with 95.
The Lady Wildcats claimed first place in six different events, winning the 4x100 and 4x200 relays in 52.8 and 1:52.6, respectively.
Calisia Brookes won the 100-meter in 13.1, and Danielle Pianalto won the 200-meter in 27.9. Kaitlyn Pitts took the discus with a toss of 85'11', and Becca Haney cleared 8'6" for a gold medal in the pole vault.
Pianalto earned the only silver medal for the Lady Wildcats, taking second in the long jump with a leap of 15'6'.
Cassville's boys won some medals while taking fourth in the team race, but none of them were gold.
Cody Frana was edged in the high hurdles by Jeff Jeffries of Lamar, with both runners receiving a 15.3 time. Frana also took second in the 300-meter hurdles. Throwers from Lamar kept Josh Lannum out of the winner's circle. Cassville's strongman took second in both the shot and discus events.
Frana placed third in the 100-meter, Campbell was third in the high jump, and Cassville's quartet placed third in the 4x100 relay, clocking 45.2.
Chris Renteria, of Monett, won all three boys distance races, while Lamar's boys swept all four relays.
Cassville's thinclads will be in action Saturday at the Class 3, District 6 meet at Carl Junction.