Cassville boys cross-country team off to the races

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Cassville’s Jordyn Stafford took sixth individually at the Seneca cross-country meet on Saturday. Chad Hayworth/Special to the Cassville Democrat

Wildcats begin season with solid showing at Seneca

A fourth-place finish at Seneca on Saturday for the Cassville boys cross-country team was a good result in its opening race of the season, according to Coach Chris Shore.

“East Newton is loaded, Lamar is the two-time defending state champion, and then there is a tough Neosho team,” Shore said. “That’s who beat us Saturday. Overall, I was pleased with the way we started the season.”

Cassville’s Jordyn Stafford took sixth individually at the the Seneca cross-country meet on Saturday. Chad Hayworth/Special to the Cassville Democrat

As with any meet, Shore said there is much room for improvement going forward.

“We notoriously start slow,” Shore said. “I thought we were too relaxed at the start. We let the leaders get too far out in front, and we were never able to reel them back in. We need to have a better feel for the pace of the race.”

Still, Shore was not too concerned and said he will continue to bring the team along at a steady pace.

“We will mix in some speed training in our next few practices,” Shore said. “You don’t want your team to peak too early in the season. I felt last year, especially on the boys side, we peaked too early, and we didn’t run our best at districts.”

Devon Brookes paced the Wildcats with a 12th-place finish in 18:57. Steven Collinwood was 20th overall with a 19:25.

Pace Evans was 28th in 19:53; Quinn Cook finished 34th, 20:04; Cole Jackson was 37th 20:10; Kel Wilson took 44th, 20:36; and Nathan Dick landed in 68th, 22:27.

Cassville’s Jordyn Stafford was the lone female entry for the squad. She finished in 22:12, good enough for a fifth-place finish.

“She ran a great race,” Shore said. “I was proud of her.”

Cassville ran Tuesday at Monett, results were not available at press time. The team will be in action on Thursday at Hollister.

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