The Boonville Pirates Cross-Country team had several incentives for competing in the Moberly Cross-Country Invitational.
Along with competing against several conference opponents, head coach Dustin Davis said the Pirates also ran well well on the district course.
For the boys, Andrew Gordon of Kirksville captured first in a time of 16:35.
Boonville junior Rory Concannon, meanwhile, had the fastest time for the Pirates in 17:41.5. Jason Broyhill finished 29th overall in a time of 19:51.1, followed by Blake Sailing in 46th place in 20:42.4 and Brian Hagen in 60th place in a time of 22:38.9.
"I'm really proud of the way the guys ran today," Davis said. "For the first time all season, I feel like they got through the first mile under control and we kept moving up. Brian didn't run as well as I'd have liked, but he's dealing with a small injury right now so I'm proud he decided he could run and finish. As for the other guys, they looked the best they have all season."
On the girl's side, sophomore Holly Krumm placed 12th overall in a time of 22:04.7 while Patience Dorman finished 43rd overall in a time of 25:51.3, Savannah Burnett in 46th place in 26:40.8, Sammy Dorman in 50th place in 27;26.5 and Kathryn Rodman in 55th place in a time of 28:35.5.
"The girls had a great race as well," Davis said. "They got to see the guys set the tone (guys ran first) and they executed a similar plan of being under control for the first mile. They all did a great job of moving up as the race went on and we had a few season bests. I still think there is a lot of room for improvement for all the girls, but next week's training will help with that. Kathryn didn't have a great race today but she's also dealing with an injury right now and I was proud of her effort."
Davis said he feels like the team is going in the right direction and that they should have success at the district meet on October 27th.
"I'm really looking forward to getting about a two week period of uninterrupted training starting on Monday because we've had to sacrifice some hard days to recover for meets," Davis said. "I have to think we're ready to run well at the conference meet on the 13th which will lead us right up to the District meet. My biggest concern right now is keeping everyone healthy. Brian and Kathryn are the first to struggle a little bit with injuries, but I know other people are probably on the edge. It's tough as a coach because you preach to your athletes that hard work is key and you have to just push through fatigue, but you also have to know when to hold them back. I care so much about the athletes and don't want to see them lose any part of their season; it would probably hurt me the most for them to lose any part of their season. But again, I'm very proud of what we've accomplished and look forward to future success."