Wildcat throwers earn state berths
Cassville qualifies 3 in javelin, 1 in shot put
In its first year as an official track event, Cassville High School is quickly becoming recognized as a power in the javelin event.
That image was enhanced this week with three Cassville javelin throwers and one shot put hurler qualifying for the state track meet in Jefferson City on Friday and Saturday.
Reaching the meet for Cassville were Steven Hunter, javelin; Jordan Reed, javelin; Josi Rose, javelin; and Audra Brooks, shot put.
"I am happy for all of our qualifiers," said Clay Weldy, Cassville coach. "For our first-year javelin kids to all qualify, I'm very proud of their progress."
Weldy said Brooks' development over the last three weeks has been outstanding.
"Audra set personal records at the conference, district and sectional meets," Weldy said. "She has worked very hard and wasn't even sure she wanted to be on the track team this season."
Brooks qualified with a throw of 34-3.75 and finished fourth at sectionals.
"Audra went into the sectional meet as the No. 8 seed," Weldy said. "Only the top four advance to state. I am extremely proud of her resolve."
The javelin differs in the way athletes qualify for state. The top 16 throwers advance to the state meet from each section, however, an athlete can enter any throw made at a qualifying meet throughout the season for their official throw.
"Early in the season, we took the whole team down and made them throw the javelin to see if their were any natural throwers," Weldy said. "Josie and Jordan showed the natural ability, and Steven came on strong picking up a knack for the javelin as well."
Weldy also noted the importance of having Doug Martin, Cassville athletic director on staff.
"Doug threw the javelin in college," Weldy said. "We [coaches] were clueless about how to throw the javelin. He told us that if we had a few throwers, he would be happy to work with them."
Weldy said the Wildcats will work on their throws mostly in the first part of the week, and then taper off in order to be fresh for the state meet.
Cassville opens with the girls shot put on Friday at 10 a.m.
Girls javelin throws at 4 p.m. Boys javelin is set for 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.