Boonville junior Sarah Ellebracht   may have surprised even herself Tuesday while placing first in the pole vault during the Hoot Middleton Relays in Richmond.
In only her second season of pole vaulting at Boonville, Ellebracht topped a tough field with a winning vault of 8’-0”.
Boonville girls track coach Melissa Baker said Tuesday’s meet at Richmond was exciting for some of athletes, especially Ellebracht.
“Sarah brought home the gold medal in the pole vault with a personal best,” Baker said. “Also, Michelle Surratt, who is a freshman and this is only the second time she has triple jumped, jumped a personal best of 31’-8”. Millie Moyer, another freshman, also ran a personal best in the 300 hurdles in a time of 51.68 seconds and placed third. As a team, we are still working on growing as individual athletes and improving each time we compete. We have to overcome a few injuries and continue working on proper technique for events. As coaches we continue to talk with our athletes on taking care of their bodies and warming up properly so we can be healthy and strong as we are getting into the core of our track season.”
With 11 teams competing in the girls division and 12 for the boys, the Lady Pirates track team finished in the middle of the pack in sixth place with a total of 56 points. Lawson captured first in the girls division with a total of 129.2 points, followed by Grain Valley with 112.7, Lafayette County 92.5, Odessa 80, Richmond 65.2, Boonville 56, Knob Noster 55, Oak Grove 37.2, Holden 33, Carrollton 28.2 and Lexington 13.
Freshman Michelle Surratt also had her best jump to date in only her second meet of the season by placing second in the triple jump with a leap of 31’-8”. Sophomore Addyson Reardon, meanwhile, set a personal best for the season by placing second in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 17.08 seconds.
The Lady Pirates also had two third-place finishers in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles and high jump, both of which are freshmen. Millie Moyer took third in the 300 hurdles with a personal best time of 51.68 seconds, while Kaleigh Schaefer finished third in the high jump with a jump of 4’-10”.
Savannah Burnett finished fourth in the high jump with a jump of 4’-8”.  Devin Ellebracht placed fifth in the 800-meter relay in a time of 2:40.66, as did the 4 x 100-meter relay team of Chloe Clinton, Sydnee Poindexter, Havyn Monteer and Michelle Surratt in a time of 55.81 seconds.
Baker said Surratt and Poindexter also ran as alternates on the 4 x 400-meter relay team along with Ellebracht and Moyer, which placed sixth in a time of 4:36. Meanwhile, in the 400-meter dash, Surratt took eighth in a time of 1:09.84.
As for the Boonville boys track team, they also had several personal records for the season.
In the final-team standings for the boys, Oak Grove captured first with 130.50 points. Grain Valley finished second with 92.50 points, followed by Lawson with 86, Holden with 63, Odessa with 56, Knob Noster and Richmond tied for sixth place with 48 points, Lafayette County eighth with 41 points, Boonville ninth with 40.50 points, KC Northeast 10th with 36 points, Carrollton 11th with 32 points and Lexington 12th with 31.50 points.
Boonville boys track coach Steve Smith said a number of boys had a good meet versus former MRVC teams. “Nathan Jones had one of his best meets of his career, placing in three of his events led by a personal best in the triple jump,” Smith said. “Rory Concannon also performed well in all his races with personal best in the 4 x 800 with a split of 2:17.90 and both the 1600 and 3200. Sophomore Austin Hinkle had a great day with his 100-meter time and also leading both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 teams. I would also like to mention freshman Jordan Weaver, Jason Broyhill and Brian Hagen for running their personal best times in the 4 x 800 and 800: Jordan 2:19; Jason 2:24; and Brian 2:27.30. These kids have a very bright future.”
Junior Nathan Jones was the overall point getter for the Pirates, placing second in the high jump at 5’-10”, third in the triple jump with a personal record of 41’-2” and eighth in the 400-meter dash in a time of 55.98 seconds.
Austin Hinkle took fourth in the 100-meter dash with a personal record time of 11:70 seconds, as did Rory Concannon in the 3200-meter run with a personal record time of 11:01.85. Concannon also finished fifth with a personal record in the 1600-meter run in 5:00.37. Blake Saling, meanwhile, placed sixth in the pole vault with a vault of 9’-0”.  The 4 x 200-meter relay team of Dakota Meyer, Austin Hinkle, Brandon Ford and JT Washington also took sixth in a time of 1:39.94.
Seventh place finishers were Meyer in the 300 hurdles in 45.67 seconds and the 4 x 100-meter relay team of Meyer, Hinkle, Ford and Washington in a time of 47.59 seconds.
Finishing eighth was the 4 x 800-meter relay team of Concannon, Weaver, Broyhill and Hagen with a personal record time of 9:31.00.