Wright finishes seventh and Wilbanks 10th at state meet

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Cassville High School's Billy Wright and Brittney Wilbanks both qualified to compete in the state track meet last week and Wright brought home some hardware.

Wright, who was a first-time qualifier, finished seventh overall in the boys' discus throw event. The senior wasn't for sure that he would get past the preliminary round, but a 145' toss on his third and final throw in prelims, garnered him the last spot.

In the finals, Wright moved up two spots and took seventh with a toss of 145' 2". To get to the competition Wright had thrown 153' at sectionals and 159' at districts.

"I thought I did pretty good, I mean as much stress as I was under, I was nervous," said Wright.

Zach Thompson, representing Willard High School, won the event with a toss of 165'04".

Wright is hoping to continue his track and football career at some point, but in the fall will attend Ozark Technical College in Springfield, which currently does not field any sports teams.

Wilbanks finished 10th in the girls' pole vault event. Also a senior. Wilbanks cleared 9'6" and technically tied for ninth but lost on the tie break. Wilbanks cleared 9' at districts and 9'6" at sectionals. The senior broke the Cassville girls' pole vault record this season when she cleared 10'. A 10' jump at state would have tied Wilbanks for fourth.

Michelle Lange, from Ladue Horton Watkins High School, took first overall when she cleared 11'6". Maggie Givens, from Branson, was the highest finisher from Cassville's sectional and district. She took second after clearing 10'6".

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