Boonville’s Austin Hinkle didn’t know what to expect in his first time competing in the NCMC Track Meet yesterday in Kirksville.
While the Boonville boys and girls track teams finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the final team standings, Hinkle can now lay claim as the fastest runner in the NCMC after placing first in the 100-meter dash with a personal record time of 11.27 seconds.
In the final-team standings for the boys, Hannibal captured first with 192.5 points. Kirksville finished second with 144 points, followed by Moberly with 121.5 points, Mexico with 86, Boonville with 59, Marshall with 56 and Fulton with 32.
Boonville Pirates track coach Steve Smith said the boys did a great job, as they put together six personal bests and filled in races they don’t generally run to finish fifth in the NCMC Championships. “We were led by Austin Hinkle in the 100-meter dash,” Smith said. “Austin ran a 11.20 prelim and came back and ran a winning time of 11.27 to earn him the championship. Nathan Jones also just missed first place in the triple jump by finishing second. Rory Concannon had the best night of his career running personal bests in both the 1600 and 3200. Austin Hinkle was not finished as he race out in the 200 to run a personal best time of 23.50 seconds.
“Grady Kay set a personal best in the shot and discus, which was great. The injury bug has hit our sprinters, as we lost two kids last night that had us scrambling to fill relay teams. In fact, we had to scratch out of the 4 x 100 that came in as a second seed. All in all, it was great to see this young team compete like they did against the rest of the conference. We will now get ready for districts in Mexico. The staff will look at the times and enter the kids where we think they have the best chance of moving on to sectionals.”
Of course Hinkle wasn’t the only medal winner for Boonville. Junior Nathan Jones finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 39’-11 1/2”. Jones also took fourth in the high jump at 5’-6”, as did Hinkle in the 200-meter dash with a personal record of 23.50 seconds and Rory Concannon in the 3200-meter run with a personal record time of 10:55.73.
Fifth place finishers were Grady Kay with a personal record in the shot put with a toss of 43’-2”, the 4 x 200-meter relay team of Hinkle, Jones, Jason Broyhill and Kenan Johnson in a time of 1:38.53 and the 4 x 800-meter relay team of Concannon, Broyhill, Jordan Weaver and Blake Saling in a time of 9:06.
Concannon also took sixth in the 1600 with a personal record time of 4:56.55 while Kay finished sixth in the discus with a personal record throw of 110’- 1 3/4”, as did Saling in the pole vault at 9’-6” and the 4 x 400-meter relay team of Weaver, Jones, Saling and Brian Hagen in a time of 3:55.31.
Page 2 of 2 - Finishing eighth were Weaver in the 800 in a time of 2:23.43 and Brandon Ford in the triple jump with a leap of 36’-6 3/4”.
In the final-team standings for the girls, Kirksville captured first with a total of 152.5 points. Mexico placed second with 132 points, followed by Moberly with 115, Hannibal with 107.5, Marshall with 95, Boonville with 48 and Fulton with 43.
Boonville girls track coach Melissa Baker said the girls couldn’t have asked for a better day weather-wise for a track meet.
“We had three all-conference athletes: Addy Reardon, Sarah Ellebracht and Millie Moyer,” Baker said. “Addy broke the school record in the 100-meter hurdles. Sarah also jumped a personal best in the pole vault. It was great to see season best performances and peaks at one of our biggest meets of the year. This is what we have been working on all year. I am proud of the girls that competed yesterday. We probably had the least amount of athletes competing yesterday and we still did some good things on the track and in the field. We have a big week of practices ahead of us to make sure the girls are ready for districts this Saturday at Mexico.”
In the 100-meter hurdles, sophomore Addy Reardon broke her own record by placing second with a time of 16.07 seconds in the prelims and a time of 16.24 in the finals. Sarah Ellebracht, meanwhile, set a personal best for the season in the pole vault by finishing second with a vault of 8’-6”.
Freshman Millie Moyer placed third in the 300 hurdles in 51.48 seconds.
Fifth place finishers were the 4 x 400-meter relay team of Devin Ellebracht, Sydnee Poindexter, Sarah Ellebracht and Millie Moyer in 4:36.69 and the 4 x 800-meter relay team of Devin Ellebracht, Hannah Spaedy, Jessica Luscombe and Kyra Price in a time of 12:07.07.
Finishing sixth were Savannah Burnett in the high jump at 4’-6”, the 4 x 100-meter relay team of S. Ellebracht, Poindexter, Reardon and Michelle Surratt in 55.48 seconds and the 4 x 200-meter relay team of Moyer, Poindexter, D. Ellebracht and Reardon in 1:59.48.
Poindexter also took seventh in the long jump with a leap of 13’-9”.
Surratt also placed eighth in both the long jump and triple jump with leaps of 13’-7” and 29’-6”, respectively.