Lady ‘Cats shine at Big 8 Meet

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Annie Moore runs a leg 4x800 relay for the Cassville girls, an event the team won in 10:37.71 at the Big 8 Conference Championships. Kyle Troutman/

Cassville runners place in slew of events

The Cassville boys and girls track and field teams competed in the Big 8 Conference Championships on May 5, with the girls runners producing a strong showing in the 14-team event.

The girls collected two first-place finishes, in the 4x800 relay and the shot put. The relay team of Jolie Evans, Annie Moore, Tori Mitchell and Jordyn Stafford took first in 10:37.71. Stafford was behind McDonald County’s Melysia McCrory going into the final stretch, pulling ahead to win the race.

Marianne McCrackin clears a hurdle in the 100-meter hurdles at the Big 8 Conference Championships. She took 7th in the event with a time of 17.44. Kyle Troutman/

Kyren Postlewait, who signed two days before to throw at Missouri Southern State University, showed why the school sought her out. She threw for 12.04 meters, besting the second-place finisher by 0.27.

In other top results, Stafford took second in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:56.19, only 7.48 seconds off the winner.

The 4x200 relay team of Grace Yocum, Moore, Postlewait and Hannah Hackler earned third in a time of 1:53.20.

Jonathan Oliphant pushes toward the finish of the 100-meter dash at the Big 8 Conference Championships. He took 10th in 11.75. Kyle Troutman/

For the boys, two second-place finishes ruled the day, with David Oliphant getting silver in the 100-meter dash in 11.3, and Bradan Dickinson also silver in the shot put with a throw of 14.8 meters.

Oliphant also claimed third in the long jump at 6.25 meters, and third in the triple jump at 12.55 meters.

Both teams will compete in Class 3, District 6 Meet in Lamar on Saturday.

Full results for the girls include:

1st place

Jolie Evans, Tori Mitchell, Annie Moore and Jordyn Stafford, 4x800 relay, 10:37.71

Kyren Postlewait, shot put, 12.04 meters

2nd place

Jordyn Stafford, 1600-meter run, 5:56.19

3rd place

Grace Yocum, Annie Moore, Kyren Postlewait and Hannah Hackler, 4x200 relay, 1:53.20

4th place

Hannah Hackler, 100-meter dash, 13.04

Taitum Groves, Kyren Postlewait, Sharayah Seymour and Hannah Hacker, 4x100 relay, 52.45

Jolie Evans, 800-meter run, 2:37.69

Jordyn Stafford, 3200-meter run, 12:47.16

6th place

Hannah Hackler, 200-meter dash, 28.36

Riley Morris, discus, 28.40 meters

7th place  

Marianne McCrackin, 100-meter hurdles, 17.44

Taitum Groves, 400-meter dash, 1:06.60

Tori Mitchell, 1600-meter run, 6:26.36 

8th place

Marianne McCrackin, Jolie Evans, Tori Mitchell and Annie Moore, 4x400m relay, 4:38.66

High Jump Sharayah Seymour

Pole vault Annie Moore

Javelin Kyren Postlewait 

Full results for the boys include:

2nd place

David Oliphant, 100-meter dash, 11.3

Bradan Dickinson, shot put, 14.8 meters

3rd place

David Oliphant, long jump 6.25 meters

David Oliphant, triple jump 12.55 meters

5th place

Zane Mebruer, Jacob Martinez, Caleb Leach and Peter Littlefield, 4x800 relay, 8:58.2

6th place

Pace Evans, 1600-meter run, 4:47.64

Eli Pickett, pole vault, 3.05 meters

Peter Littlefield, high jump, 1.72 meters

7th place

Garrett Ewing, Hernan Hernandez, Trey Wilson and Bryson Jacobson, 4x100 relay, 47.26

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