Cassville burning up local pavement
Track teams take first in Auroras Ice Box Relays
The Cassville boys and girls track and field teams have started the season out hot, melting the competition in Auroras Ice Box Relays on Thursday with a pair of first place team finishes.
The boys earned six first-place medals, led by a trio of golds from David Oliphant in the 100-meter, triple jump and long jump.
The girls added one more to the boys total with seven golds. Kyren Postlewait led with individual firsts in the 100-meter and shot put, then doubled up in relay golds in the 4x200 and 4x100.
Clay Weldy, Cassville boys track coach, said while the Wildcats have only participated in two varsity meets and one JV meet as of Friday, the results have been encouraging.
We finished second in McDonald County and first in Aurora, so weve had a pretty good start to the season, he said. A lot of kids are placing, and we are getting points in pretty much all our events.
Weldy said his class of seniors is stepping up to lead the squad, bringing the younger participants along with them.
Patrick Dunker, Russell Dunker, Pace Evans, Zane Mebruer and David Oliphant have been great this season, he said. Track teams are all about numbers, and you need numbers to score everywhere. There are 9-10 events, and we have people in every one. Our seniors are doing really well, but even our sophomores and freshmen are scoring points for us right now.
Weldy said the team hopes to keep the momentum going as the season gets tougher.
Our goal is simple we want to be better every day no matter the number of firsts, he said. We will do the best we can and try to improve, and then the postseason stuff will take care of itself if we do that.
For the girls, Coach Erin Flehmer said they could not ask for a better start to the season.
Weve started out really well, she said. The girls have come out and are competing strong, and they continue to get better at every meet.
Cassville is led by five seniors Kyren Postlewait, Jordyn Stafford, Hannah Hackler, Hallie Hackler and Tatum Groves. Hallie Hackler is a newcomer to track this year, and Groves is a transfer helping lead the way.
We are sophomore-strong this season and have about six or seven freshmen, Flehmer said. I am very impressed with my seniors and how they have come on to help the team and the younger girls.
Flehmer said the goal for the season is to repeat the results of the 2019 season by winning a district team title.
We won districts two years ago, and our main goal is to do that again, she said. We also have several individuals that should qualify for state if they keep working hard.
Full boys results from Aurora:
David Oliphant 100-meter, 11.87
David Oliphant triple jump, 12.09 meters
David Oliphant long jump, 6.06 meters
Peter Littlefield high jump, 1.72 meters
Eli Pickett pole vault, 3.2 meters
Bradan Dickinson shot put, 13.23 meters
Charles Elliott 300-meter hurdles, 46.48
Zane Mebruer 800-meter, 2:16.46
Pace Evans 1600-meter, 5:06.1
Caleb Leach 3200-meter, 11:54.93
Bradan Dickinson discus, 35.83 meters
Pace Evans, Zane Mebruer, Caleb Leach, Jacob Martinez 4x800 relay, 9:08.13
Garrett Ewing, Hernan Hernanez, Trey Wilson, Bryson Jacobson 4x100 relay, 48.51
Pace Evans, Zane Mebruer, Peter Littlefield, Charles Elliott 4x400 relay, 4:01.69
Caleb Leach 1600-meter, 5:10.8
Pace Evans 3200-meter, 11:55.91
Garrett Ewing, Hernan Hernandez, Jake Anthonysz, Bryson Jacobson 4x200 relay, 1:42.32
Charles Elliott 110-meter Hurdles, 20.4
Josh Case 400-meter, 58.78
Peter Littlefield 800-meter, 2:19.11
Patrick Dunker shot put, 11.51 meters
Jacob Martinez 1600-meter, 5:23.6
Jake Anthonysz 200-meter, 25.47
Jake Anthonysz javelin, 33.12 meters
Bryson Jacobson high jump, 1.57 meters
Bradyn Hayes high jump, 1.52 meters
Jonathan Oliphant long jump, 4.98 meters
Full girls results from Aurora:
Kyren Postlewait 100-meter
Grace Yocum, Hannah Hackler, Sharayah Seymour, Kyren Postlewait 4x200-meter relay
Taitum Groves, Hannah Hackler, Sharayah Seymour, Kyren Postlwait 4x100-meter relay
Kyren Postlewait shot put
Sharayah Seymour high jump
Riley Morris discus
Jordyn Stafford 1600-meter
Hannah Hackler 100-meter
Taitum Groves 400-meter
Jolie Evans 800-meter
Annie Moore pole vault
Marianne McCrackin, Jolie Evans, Annie Moore, Jordyn Stafford 4x800-meter relay
Annie Moore 1600-meter
Marianne McCrackin 300-meter hurdles
Jordyn Stafford 3200-meter
Tori Mitchell 1600-meter
Hannah Hackler, Jolie Evans, Taitum Groves, Annie Moore 4x400-meter relay
Riley Morris triple jump
Marianne McCrackin 100-meter hurdles
Lacey Norris 400-meter
Sheridan Beach 800-meter
Taylor Glidewell, shot put
Maci Barton discus
Eden Morris long jump
Grace Yocum 300-meter hurdles
Kyah Saffold 400-meter
Hallie Hackler long jump