Wildcats, Lady ‘Cats 2nd at Cub Relays

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Cassville’s David Oliphant launches himself in the triple jump at the Cub Relays in Monett last week. Oliphant won the event, as well as the long jump and the 100-meter dash. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Track teams combine for 9 firsts in Monett

The Cassville boys and girls track teams both took home second-place honors at the Cub Relays in Monett on April 27, combining for nine individual first-place finishes.

The Monett boys won the 15-team event with 124 points. Cassville was second with 101, and McDonald County took third with 81. For the girls, Monett scored 135 team points to take first out of the 16 schools competing. Cassville was second with 123 points, and McDonald County took third with 94.

Hannah Hackler grits her way to the finish line in the 4x200 relay for the Lady Wildcats, who finished second in the event at the Cub Relays in Monett last week. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Clay Weldy, Cassville boys track coach, said he has been happy with the progress of his team as the postseason comes calling.

“Our seniors continue to be great leaders for us, and our underclassmen keep improving,” he said. “Our toughest meets are coming in May with our Conference Meet, [which was held Tuesday in Monett] and then districts, sectionals and state. So, we will see how it goes in the coming weeks, but I’ve been very proud of this team this spring.”

Erin Flehmer, Cassville girls track coach, said the team was happy with the finish.

Sharayah Seymour clears the bar in the high jump at the Cub Relays in Monett last week, finishing second in the event. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

“Overall we were happy that we got second, but when we compete, we always set our goal to win the meet,” she said.

Weldy said a bright spot for his Wildcats were the distance runners, who picked up a few third-place finishes.

“Our distance boys have vastly improved this season,” he said. “This is the best distance group we’ve had in my 10 years as head track coach. Zane Mebruer, Russell Dunker, Pace Evans, Caleb Leach, Jacob Martinez and Peter Littlefield are a hard-working group, and have a great bond amongst themselves.

Hernan Hernandez hands the baton to Jake Anthonysz in the 4x200 relay, where the Wildcats finished in second place. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

For the Lady Wildcats, it was again the relay teams stealing the show.

“I have been very happy with my relay teams and how they keep improving every meet,” Flehmer said. “They work very hard in practice and are very competitive. We have been playing with the order of the relays and are ready for the postseason.”

Individually, senior David Oliphant won big for the Wildcats, taking home first place in three events, including the 100-meter dash.

“Like many kids on our team, David has had a great year for us,” Weldy said. “What makes his season more unique is this is his first year running track in high school. He came out last year, but we lost the season to COVID. David is very naturally talented, and has incredibly springy legs. He has continued to work hard to improve on all of his events.”

Top finishes on the girls side were varied, with seven girls and three relay teams earning top-three finishes.

“Overall I feel our team is very supportive of each other and want the team to do well in the postseason,” Flehmer said.

Boys results include:

1st place

David Oliphant, 100-meter dash, 11.25

David Oliphant, long jump, 6.34 meters

David Oliphant, triple jump, 12.40 meters

Bradan Dickinson, shot put, 14.25 meters

Peter Littlefield, high jump, 1.78 meters

2nd place

Garrett Ewing, Hernan Hernandez, Jake Anthonysz, Bryson Jacobson, 4x200 relay, 1:39.2

3rd place

Pace Evans, 1600-meter run, 4:48.9

Pace Evans, 3200-meter run, 11:33.30

Jake Anthonysz, 200-meter run, 24.43

Peter Littlefield, Zane Mebruer, Caleb Leach, Jacob Martinez, 4x800 relay, 9:04

Peter Littlefield, Zane Mebruer, Josh Case, Jacob Martinez, 4x400 relay, 3:48.28

Garrett Ewing, Hernan Hernandez, Trey Wilson, Bryson Jacobson, 4x100 relay, 47.65

5th place

Zane Mebruer, 800-meter run, 2:13.2

Caleb Leach, 3200-meter run, 11:55

6th place

Josh Case, 400-meter run, 58.17

Bradan Dickinson, discus, 32.45 meters

Bradyn Hayes, high jump, 1.63 meters

Girls results include:

1st place

Jolie Evans, Annie Moore, Tori Mitchell and Sheridan Beach, 4x800 relay, 11:28

Jolie Evans, 800-meter run, 2:41.4

Kyren Postlewait, shot put, 12.01 meters

Annie Moore, pole vault, 2.3 meters

2nd place

Marianne McCrackin, 100-meter hurdles, 17.6

Hannah Hackler, 100-meter dash, 13.03

Grace Yocum, Annie Moore, Sharayah Seymour and Hannah Hackler, 4x200 relay, 1:55.1

Taitum Groves, Hannah Hackler, Sharayah Seymour and Kyren Postlewait, 4x100 relay, 52.6

Sharayah Seymour, high jump, 1.42 meters

Kyren Postewait, javelin, 33.11 meters

3rd place

Riley Morris, discus, 26.22 meters

4th place

Hannah Hackler, 200-meter run, 27.4

Kyren PostlewaIt, 100-meter dash, 13.22

Tori Mitchell, 1600-meter run, 6:19.2

Marianne McCrackin, 300-meter hurdles, 51.57

Marianne McCrackin, Jolie Evans, Tori Mitchell and Annie Moore, 4x400 relay, 4:40.9

Maci Barton, discus, 22.75 meters

5th place

Grace Yocum, 300-meter hurdles, 55.93

Riley Morris, triple jump, 8.85 meters

6th place

Taitum Groves, 400-meter run, 1:07

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