For Boonville track coaches Steve Smith and Melissa Baker, the annual Joe Shy Relays Friday in Chillicothe wasn’t about where the teams placed or how high. It was more about competing and being pushed against some of the best talent in the state.
While competing against a field of 15 boy’s teams and 14 girl’s teams, Smith said as usual the Joe Shy Relays are one of the toughest meets all year and the boys really improved from Tuesday’s meet at Central Methodist.
In the final-team standings, the Maryville boys captured first with 123 points. Chillicothe, meanwhile, finished second with 110 points. Hamilton-Penney placed third with 79, followed by Trenton with 72, St. Joseph Benton with 66, Lawson with 56, St. Joseph Lafayette with 46, Carrollton with 35, Richmond with 32.5, Marshall with 25, Stewartsville with 15, Boonville in 12th place with 12.5, Cameron with 10, Princeton with 9, Bishop LeBlond with 7 and Brookfield with 4.
As for place finishes for the Boonville boys, junior Dakota Meyer finished fourth with a personal record in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in a time of 43.92 seconds.
Jason Broyhill, meanwhile, placed seventh with a personal record in the 3200-meter run in a time of 11:37.47, as did Blake Saling in the pole vault with a personal record vault of 9’-6”. The 4 x 100-meter relay team, which consisted of Meyer, Austin Hinkle, Brandon Ford and JT Washington, also finished seventh and set a personal record in a time of 46.56 seconds.
The only other place finisher for the Boonville boys was the 4 x 800-meter relay team of Brian Hagen, Blake Saling, Jordan Weaver and Jason Broyhill with an eighth-place finish and a personal record in 9:46.36.
“The kids are just beginning to hit their stride and I am really looking forward to seeing these kids grow individually and as a team,” Smith said.
As for the Boonville girls track team, they finished 10th overall with 23 points.
Chillicothe won the relays with 117.5 points while Maryville finished only eight points back with a score of 107.
Hamilton-Penney placed third with 98 points, followed by Lawson with 77.5, Trenton with 74, Brookfield with 60, Marshall with 34, Cameron with 30, Bishop LeBlond with 25, Boonville 23, Richmond 22, Carrollton 10, St. Joseph Lafayette 9, Benton 8 and Princeton 7.
Coach Baker said the Joe Shy Relays had some outstanding competition. “It was good for our kids to see some great track athletes and track teams,” Baker said. “Great competition helps push our kids to their highest potential and helps them find their inner drive to improve individual and team times. Track and field takes a lot of experience and growing from the meets or seasons before. We are a young team and I see a lot of potential in our athletes. I am happy with my athletes as long as we are improving our times and technique each time we step on a track for competition.”
Freshman Kaleigh Schaefer is definitely showing improvement each and every meet. With a successful meet last week at CMU, Schaefer followed it up with another outstanding effort Friday by placing second in the high jump with a jump of 4’-10”. Schaefer also ran a leg on the 4 x 200-meter relay team along with Chloe Clinton, Sydnee Poindexter and Addyson Reardon, which placed third in a time of 1:53.18. She also took sixth in the 100-meter dash in a time of 13.38 seconds and ran a leg on the 4 x 400-meter relay team along with Clinton, Millie Moyer and Devin Ellebracht, which finished seventh in 4:32.40.
Moyer also finished seventh in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles with a personal best for the season in 51.74 seconds and eighth in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.89 seconds. Clinton, meanwhile, finished eighth in the 200-meter dash in a time of 28.94 seconds. The 4 x 100-meter relay team of Kyra Price, Jessica Luscombe, Havyn Monteer and Michelle Surratt also took eighth in a time of 56.17 seconds.
The Boonville boys and girls track team will compete next on Tuesday, April 9th in the Richmond Invitational starting at 4 p.m. Then, on Friday, April 12th, the Pirates will host the annual McCush Invitational at the BHS Sports Complex starting at 3:30 p.m.