Postlewait to throw for MSSU
Cassville senior excited to take on new event
Kyren Postlewait has added her name to the long list of Cassville seniors that have signed on to play a collegiate athletics program, as she dotted her name with Missouri Southern State University to throw for the track and field team.
A track athlete since middle school, Postlewait said she was initially unsure of the sport.
“I didn’t know if I’d be good at it, but I tried it and liked it,” she said. “I picked MSSU because it felt like home to me. The people are nice, the environment is good and I liked the team and the coaches.”
Postlewait throws and runs for Cassville, and she will focus on the former at the college level, and in a new event.
“I’m doing the shot put and they want me to try the hammer throw,” she said. “I’m really excited for that because it looks fun.”
Postlewait’s high school career in shot put has been a successful one, as she has placed in both years at state, not getting to compete last year due to COVID-19.
As a freshman, she took fifth place in the event with a throw of 40-02.75 meters, 5-5.75 off the first-place finisher. In her sophomore year, she moved up to fourth place with a 39-03.50, closing the gap to being only 3-3.75 from first.
Erin Flehmer, Cassville girls track coach, said she’s excited to see her senior moving up.
“It’s very exciting, especially with MSSU because that’s where I graduated from,” she said. “Kyren has put a lot of work into it, so I’m glad to see her commit.”
Flehmer said Postlewait has been a key for the Lady Wildcats in her prep career.
“Kyren has a great commitment to her team and is a very strong team member,” she said. “She’s an all-around athlete and will do wonderful in college.”
To that effect, Postlewait said her greatest memory with the team was a team accomplishment.
“My greatest memory is winning districts two years ago,” she said. “We were all having fun and not thinking much about it. We just did what we wanted.”
Lance Parnell, who coaches throwers on the Cassville squad, said Postlewait’s abilities in throwing is all-natural.
“Kyren has unbelievable strength, and she’s very explosive and athletic,” he said. “When you put those three things together, you get a quality thrower. She has done nothing but get better every year for four years, and she hasn’t gotten to spend a lot of time on shot because she’s a dynamic athlete and runs the 100-meter dash and relays. Her performances on shot have been just her natural abilities.”
Parnell said he’s excited for Postlewait to hone in her focus on specific throwing events.
“Whether she’s on shot, hammer throw or if they put a javelin in her hands, it will be great to see her focus on throwing and grow over the next few years focusing on just the one thing,” he said. “I love to see our student-athletes get the opportunity to go on and use their athleticism to help them through college.”
Postlewait said for those hoping to follow her footsteps, setting goals is key.
“If you have a dream of doing something, you can achieve it if you work hard for it,” she said.
Postlewait is the daughter of Jennifer Young, of Cassville. She plans to major in kinesiology.