Boonville senior Rory Concannon didn’t mind the shorter course Tuesday while competing in the teams first cross-country meet of the season at Salisbury.
While running a 3.5K instead of the normal 5K race, Concannon captured first with an overall time of 12 minutes and 37 seconds.
In the final-team standings for the boys, Southern Boone captured first with 38 points while Cairo finished second with 56, Glasgow third with 60 and Boonville fourth with 80 points.
Junior Jason Broyhill, meanwhile, finished seventh overall in a time of 14 minutes and 11 seconds. Brian Hagen, Joel Concannon and Zac Ruffolo finished back-to-back-to-back in the middle of the pack with times of 15:45, 45:54 and 16:08, respectively.
Boonville cross-country coach Emily Allsop said the boys got off to a great start for the season. “All of them brought intensity and finished strong,” Allsop said.
As for the Boonville girls, junior Holly Krumm finished eighth overall in a time of 16:15. Freshman Grace Schupp came in 20th overall in a time of 19:40, followed closely by Patience Dorman in 19:51, Savannah Burnett in 20:04, Rebecca Gramlich in 21:09 and Kayla Cotten in 21:17.
Salisbury captured the team championship with 42 points. Glasgow finished second with 69 points, followed by Hallsville with 71, Southern Boone with 79 and Boonville with 98.
Allsop said the girls have consistently been strong at pacing themselves at practice, however, as a team they started out with a slower pace than necessary and maintained that the whole race.
“They are smart runners, and I need to do a better job making them run faster,” Allsop said. “Overall, I was pleased with the effort from both teams, and it gave me a great picture of specific things I need to work on with them as a team and as individuals to get better.”