Wildcat runners off to state
Cassville sends multiple athletes to track finals
The Cassville track team will be busy at state this weekend with four girls’ events getting representation from the school and one event on the boys’ side.
The Lady Wildcats finished fifth as a team at sectionals, with the top four in each event qualifying for state.
Results for the girls are as follows:
• Jordyn Stafford: 3,200-meter, 12:33.56
• Kyren Postlewait: Shot Put, 38-4.5; 100-meter, 12.51 school record
• Jordyn Stafford: 1,600-meter, 5:45.63
• Kennedy Parnell, Parker Marple, Hannah Hackler and Kyren Postlewait: 4x100 Relay, 52.15
• Kyren Postlewait, Long Jump, 16-7.25
• Sharayah Seymour: High Jump, 4-10
• Landry Parnell, Emilee Mann, Hannah Hackler and Parker Marple, 4x200 relay, 1:54.70
• Opal Gouvion: Discus, 85-07
• Landry Parnell: Javelin, 92-09, personal record
• Hannah Hackler: 100-meter, 13.37
On the boys’ side, Garrett Kritz, a freshman, will represent the Wildcats in the shot put after finishing second at sectionals with a throw of 47-4.25.
“I think it’s pretty impressive that as a freshman Garrett qualified,” said Clay Weldy, Cassville coach. “Shot is usually an older kids sport simply because they are stronger. Garrett is well ahead of schedule. Another impressive fact is that his worst finish in any meet this season has been second place, and a freshman that is always first or second is very impressive.”
Weldy and throwing coach Lance Parnell worked with Kritz on Monday and then talked with the youngster about what to expect on Friday.
“We told him to just go up there and have fun,” Weldy said. “He has no pressure whatsoever. I’ve watched older kids go to state and press and then just choke. Being young in this case is probably a blessing. Our goal is to make this as fun as possible and just be our best when the time comes.”
Weldy said the top nine throwers in the preliminaries are invited back to the finals round on Saturday.
Currently, Kritz is ranked No. 10 in the state currently in the shot put.
Nathan Dick came up short in his bid for state with a sixth place finish in the Pole Vault with a height of 11-6.