Lady Wildcats run to first

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Annie Moore, at left and Jordyn Stafford pace the field at the Seneca cross-country meet last Thursday. Chad Hayworth/Special to the Cassville Democrat

Cassville girls claim top honors at Seneca meet

The Cassville girls cross-country team ran away with the team title at the Seneca cross-country meet on Thursday.

The Lady Wildcats recorded 43 team points, which was 11 better than Neosho with 54. In cross country, the lowest score wins.

Jordyn Stafford paced the Lady Wildcats with a sixth-place finish in 21:21.50. Annie Moore was seventh with a time of 21:41.40.

“Our girls have a ton of experience,” said Courtney Kirk, Cassville coach. “It is exciting to watch these runners work hard and continue to have success in the high school level after having success at the middle school level.”

Sophomore Jolie Evans finished 10th with a 22:16.60, and Marianne McCracken was 12th with a 22:32.80.

On the boys’, side Pace Evans was 10th for the Wildcats with an 18:05.7, followed by Jacob Martinez in 22nd with a 19:01.30. The Wildcats did not have enough to field a boys team at the event.

“Pace is one of the hardest workers we have,” Kirk said. “You can tell he takes the sport serious.”

The team heads to Hollister on Thursday.

“The key for us is to keep the balance of getting our work in and staying healthy,” Kirk said. “We used the summer to get distance work in, and now we are focused on taking the next step as a team.”

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