Despite the frigid conditions Friday during the annual Jack McCush Invitational at the BHS Sports Complex, the 10 teams competing appeared to be more than up to the challenge.
With no team points kept during the invitational, coaches relied solely on personal bests and personal records as a gauge as to how well their teams actually fared during the meet.
For the Boonville boys track team, they had three personal records during the meet while the Lady Pirates recorded one PR against a field of nine other teams, which consisted of Odessa, Richmond, Holden, Fulton, Chillicothe, Marshall, Versailles, California and Osage.
Boonville boys track coach Steve Smith said the kids did a great job, as they had to fight the elements along with great competition to turn in many season and personal best. "We are still dealing with some nagging injuries, but the kids are working through them which is really encouraging," Smith said. "Our relay teams hand offs are improving, so our times are dropping. Dakota Meyer, Kenan Johnson, Jordan Weaver, Blake Saling and Austin Hinkle all had their best races."
With no first-place finishes for Boonville, the Pirates and Lady Pirates track teams did pick up several second place finishes.
Junior Dakota Meyer placed second in the 300-meter hurdles in 43.96 seconds and then ran a leg on the 4 x 200-meter relay team along with Austin Hinkle, Brandon Ford and Kenan Johnson, which placed second with a personal best for the season in 1:38.21.
As for the Boonville girls track team, sophomore Sarah Ellebracht placed second in the pole vault with a vault of 7'-6" while senior Bailey Pfeiffer, in her first meet of the season, finished second in the 100-meter dash in 13.16 seconds.
Boonville girls track coach Melissa Baker said it was nice to have a home meet and let the kids compete on their own track.
"We had a nice meet with some quality competition," Baker said. "There were some schools at the Jack McCush Relays that we hadn't ran against this year and that is always good for the kids. Bailey Pfeiffer and Holly Krumm were able to compete for us at the meet. It was fun to see them compete and I am looking forward to having them as part of the track team for a couple meets that do not interfere with soccer games.
"For Boonville to be competitive in our conference we have to have numbers and athletes and when athletes can double up in soccer and track it is good for the school. I had three girls (Kaleigh Schaefer, Havyn Monteer and Chloe Clinton) out with injury and that hurt us, but hopefully we can get them on their mends and ready to go as our season is quickly heading towards our biggest meets of the year."
Page 2 of 2 - The Lady Pirates also had two third-place finishers in the meet. Junior Savannah Burnett took third in the high jump with a jump of 4'-4", as did the 4 x 200-meter relay team of Chloe Clinton, Addy Reardon, Devin Ellebracht and Bailey Pfeiffer in a time of 1:58.18.
Fourth place finishers for Boonville were Pfeiffer in the 200-meter dash in 29.98 seconds, Reardon in the 100 hurdles in 16.96 seconds, Millie Moyer in the 300 hurdles in 52.28 seconds, Michelle Surratt in the long jump at 14'-3" and the 4 x 400-meter relay team of Surratt, Devin Ellebracht, Moyer and Sydnee Poindexter in a time of 4:39.18.
Finishing fifth were Nathan Jones in the triple jump with a leap of 38'-3 1/2", the 4 x 100-meter relay team of Dakota Meyer, Austin Hinkle, Brandon Ford and JT Washington in 47.75 seconds and the 4 x 400-meter relay team of Jordan Weaver, Jones, Ford and Johnson in a personal best time of 3:53.71.
Placing sixth were Austin Hinkle with a personal record in the 100-meter dash in 11.57 seconds, Rory Concannon in the 3200-meter run in 10:48.81, the boys 4 x 800-meter relay team of Weaver, Concannon, Blake Saling and Jason Broyhill in 9:31.12 and Millie Moyer in the 100-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 17.50 seconds.
Concannon also took seventh in the 1600-meter run in 5:04.15, as did Michelle Surratt in the triple jump with a leap of 29'-9".
Eighth place finishers were Kenan Johnson in the 400-meter dash with a personal record time of 56.88 seconds, Jordan Weaver in the 800-meter run with a personal record time of 2:18.41 and Holly Krumm in the 1600-meter run in a time of 6:28.
Four records also fell by the wayside during the Jack McCush Invitational. With 14 records broken in 2012, the Chillicothe and Richmond girls each set two records on Friday. For Chillicothe, Erin Gilliland broke the record in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 15.46 seconds while Ali Stephens set a new record in the 1600-meter run in 5:40.55. As for Richmond, Mary Beth Bailey broke the record in the 3200-meter run in a time of 11:43.56 while Savannah Hamilton surpassed the old record in the 800-meter run in 2:31.08.
The Boonville boys and girls track teams will compete next on Tuesday, April 16 in the Osage Invitational starting at 3:30 p.m.