Cassville pair place in state shot put
Postlewait, Dickinson take 4th, 5th in Class 3
The Cassville track and field teams competed in a combined nine events at the MSHSAA Class 3 State Championship 2021 on Saturday, with the best results coming in the throwing events for Kyren Postlewait and Bradan Dickinson.
Postlewait, a senior bound for Missouri Southern State University and winner of the district and sectional events with throws of 11.98 and 11.79, finished No. 4 in Class 3 with a throw of 11.95 meters, just under 1.5 meters less than the first-place finisher.
“Kyren had her sights set a little higher, but overall, we are pleased with the finish and can’t complain,” said Erin Flehmer, Cassville girls track and field coach. “Kyren threw well in every meet she was in this year.”
Dickinson, a junior, finished No. 5 in the boys event with a toss of 14.39 meters. The winner threw for 16.15 meters.
“Bradan was seeded eighth going into state, so we were just hoping for him to get to the podium,” said Clay Weldy, Cassville boys track and field coach. “Going into the last round of throws, he was sitting in third, but a couple other kids had some nice throws and he ended up fifth. Bradan just had a really good day.
“I think at sectionals he was a bit nervous. It took him to his last throw to even qualify for state. Once at state, I think those nerves went away and he was relaxed and just competed.”
Rounding out the medal winners for Cassville was David Oliphant, who placed 7th in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.32. The winner ran the same heat in 10.79.
Oliphant has run the 100 a tenth of a second faster this season, and Weldy said all the times at state were just a touch slower.
“For whatever reason, the times were not as good as they had been,” he said. “Even the kid that won is capable of running it faster. We are pleased with David’s finish, because any time a kid gets All-State [being a top-8 finisher in any event], that is a big accomplishment.
“Bradan and David medaled in every single meet they competed in this year, and that’s impressive.”
Flehmer’s girls had three relay teams at state, with the 4x800 team coming in only seconds away from placing.
“They missed eighth place by only 6 seconds,” Flehmer said. “That race was very fast. The girls fought hard and ran a personal record at state. Every leg, teams were fighting for eighth place. The nice thing about that relay team is it is three sophomores and a freshman, so they have their sights set high for next year.”
Riley Morris took 13th in the discus for the girls, Hannah Hackler took 14th in the 200-meter dash, and the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams also finished 14th.
“This was Riley’s first time at state,” Flehmer said. “She was a little nervous, but she did well. Hannah and the other two relay teams finished where they were seeded.”
The boys also brought sophomore Peter Littlefield to Jefferson City, and he finished 11th in the high jump.
“Peter was little upset afterward, but for him to make state as a sophomore is huge,” Weldy said. “We weren’t sure he would make it out of districts, so he has nothing to hang his head about. That [district] meet was pouring rain and cold, and a lot of kids didn’t handle that well, but Peter did. These last few meets of the season have been his best. He really overachieved this year.”
Weldy said with one All-State athlete and multiple sectional athletes returning next year, the Wildcats track team is excited.
“Returning two that were at state and one All-State winner is a big deal,” he said. “We had another junior make sectionals in pole vault, as well as a relay team comprised of all freshmen and sophomores. We hope to build on all that experience next year.”
Flehmer said the girls will look to build on a record year as well, having taken the most athletes and competed in the most events at state in at least the past 10 years.
“We are very excited to see what we can do and hope to make a return trip to state,” she said. “Overall, it was a great season, and the girls did awesome.”
Full results rom the meet include:
Kyren Postlewait, shot put, 11.95 meters
Bradan Dickinson, shot put, 14.39 meters
David Oliphant, 100-meter dash, 11.32
Marianne McCrackin, Tori Mitchell, Jolie Evans and Annie Moors, 4x800 relay, 10:31.95
Peter Littlefield, high jump, 1.8 meters
Riley Morris, discus, 29.51 meters
Hannah Hackler, 200-meter dash, 27.99
Taitum Groves, Kyren Postleait, Sharayah Seymour and Hannah Hackler, 4x100 relay, 53.18
Grace Yocum, Annie Moore, Kyren Postlewait and Hannah Hackler, 4x200 relay, 1:53.21