After spending a month of the season indoors and competing in a hand full of meets in the rain and cold, the Boonville boys and girls track teams had what they considered an actual meet yesterday while participating in the California Open.
While competing against a field of nine teams, the Boonville boys and girls both finished in sixth place with 41 points each.
The Blair Oaks girls captured the team title with 146 points. California finished second with 127 points, followed by Russellville with 123, Eldon with 82, Smith-Cotton with 68, Boonville with 64, Versailles with 36, Jamestown with 29 and Sedalia’s JV with 2.
In the final team standings for the boys, Eldon and Blair Oaks tied for first with 148 points. Smith-Cotton finished second with 119.5, followed by California with 118, Versailles with 67.75, Boonville 41, Russellville 26, Sedalia’s JV 21 and Jamestown 6.75.
Boonville boys track coach Steve Smith said the team finally caught a great day and the kids really improved their times.
“Nathan Jones placed in all of his events,” Smith said. “Kenan Johnson is really coming on in the sprint relays and 400 and the distance kids dropped their times by a bunch. Jason Broyhill ran a PR in the 1600 in 5:11.06, as did Brian Hagen in the 1600 in 5:28.78 while Rory Concannon had a nice time in the 3200 and also a time of 2:12 split in the 4 x 800. Sophomore Austin Hinkle continues to get stronger in the 100 and sprint relays. We cut back on some events tonight because we run again Friday at Fulton and will again change some things up with the NCMC championship.”
Boonville girls track coach Melissa Baker said the Guy Rush Memorial in California was a great meet for the kids. “We brought home several medals,” Baker said. “My numbers are getting slim due to some injuries. Therefore, I was proud of the girls for trying new events and filling spots in relays that they had never ran before. The track season is coming to an end very quickly so it was wonderful to get a meet in before conference and districts.”
While the Boonville boys and girls track teams had no first-place finishers in the meet, they did have several second-place finishers.
For the Lady Pirates, Addy Reardon finished second in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.42 seconds while Millie Moyer ran a season’s best in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles by placing second in 50.34 seconds.
As for the Boonville boys, Austin Hinkle finished second and set a personal record in the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.46 seconds while Rory Concannon placed second and set a personal record in the 3200 in 10:48.52.
Nathan Jones also took second in the high jump with a jump of 5’-8”.
Jones also finished third in the triple jump with a leap of 40’-5 1/2”, as did Millie Moyer in the 100 hurdles in 17.56 seconds, Devin Ellebracht in the 800 in 2:40, the girls 4 x 200-meter relay team of Moyer, Poindexter, Reardon and Devin Ellebracht in 1:59.21 and the 4 x 400-meter relay team of Surratt, D. Ellebracht, Poindexter and Moyer in 4:33.56.
Fourth place finishers for Boonville were Savannah Burnett in the high jump at 4’-8”, Sarah Ellebracht in the pole vault at 7’-8”, the girls 4 x 100-meter relay team of Sarah Ellebracht, Sydnee Poindexter, Michelle Surratt and Jessica Luscombe in 56.34 seconds and the boys 4 x 400-meter relay team of Kenan Johnson, Nathan Jones, Jordan Weaver and Jason Broyhill in 3:49.80.