Father Tolton boys, Columbia Indpendent girls win team titles
With sunny skies and cool temperatures, the Boonville boys and girls cross-country team couldn't have asked for any better weather Tuesday while hosting the Third annual Boonville Invitational at Kemper park.
While growing each year to what is now six teams, head coach Dustin Davis said it was also a first for him to host a meet as a coach and the feedback seemed pretty positive.
Teams competing in the meet along with Boonville were Fulton, Father Tolton, Salisbury, Stover and Columbia Independent.
"There are a few things I need to remember next year, but I was happy to not have a serious problem I had overlooked," Davis said.
Of course it also came as no surprise as to the winner of the race on the girl's side. After winning at home last weekend at Fulton, senior Jenny McCarty led from the start on Tuesday to finish first in a time of 20:21.8.
As for Boonville, sophomore Holly Krumm placed sixth overall, which was just one spot out of the medal running, in a time of 22:58.55. Freshman Patience Dorman, meanwhile, finished 13th overall in 27:03.21, followed by Savannah Burnett in the 15th spot in 27:28.55 and Sammy Dorman 16th in 28:07.71.
Davis said senior Kathryn Rodman started but wasn't able to finish due to taking a wrong turn on the course.
A total of 20 boys and girls participated in the meet.
"Overall, the girls ran pretty well," Davis said. "We ran times pretty close to what we ran at Fulton in a smaller meet, and a few girls ran faster (Savannah by 8 seconds, Sammy by 40 seconds). I was hoping we'd contend for the team title, but Kathryn taking the wrong turn forfeited our 5th runner and we couldn't score as a team. She felt terrible about it afterwards, but she's so used to running the old course and I probably didn't have the turn marked well enough. They all ran hard and that's what matters to me as a coach. If we can show up each meet, give our best effort, we can hold our heads high. Now we need to look towards this weekend at Marshall and get mentally ready for another battle."
On the boy's side, Cameron Bagley from Father Tolton captured first in a time of 17:44.99 while Jordan French from Morgan County finished second in 18:02.93.
As for Boonville, junior Rory Concannon placed third overall in a time of 18:29.02, followed by Jason Broyhill in eighth place in 20:40.05, Blake Sailing in 13th place in 21:20.99 and Brian Hagen in 18th place in 22:53.27.
Davis said the team race was won by Father Tolton with a team score of 22 points. Fulton finished second with 33 points.
"I was hoping Rory could get an individual win yesterday, but it just wasn't in the cards," Davis said. "I told him before the race that he should win and I think he expected to just jump out to a lead and never look back. He went through the mile on 17:00 5k pace which is even more impressive considering the hill in the first mile, but the pace took its toll and he ended up 3rd. He was pretty disappointed, but if 18:29 for 5k is a bad day, then I can't wait for what happens on another good day like we had this past weekend. The other guys ran really well too. Jason ran just as fast on our course as he did at Fulton, and we were able to have Blake and Brian put together great races as well. Kind of like with Rory, if we can run times like we did yesterday in a small meet on a tougher course, then I can't wait for us to get into another big race on a fast course."
Davis said he expects good performances this coming Saturday at Marshall.
"We might look tired after the race Saturday, the race yesterday, and a hill workout this Thursday, but I still expect them to have good races," Davis said. "We have to keep training hard through these early season meets because that will lead us to success in October and November."