The Boonville 4th annual Cross-Country Meet yesterday at Kemper park may have been the best yet with a two-person race in both the boys and girls division.
While running a total of 26 girls and 28 boys in the varsity division, the meet also saw an increase of two teams from last year from six to eight.
Participating in the meet along with Boonville were Fulton, Stover, Father Tolton, Salisbury, Centralia, Harrisburg and Columbia Independent.
In the final-team standings for the boys, Fulton captured first with 45 points. Stover finished second with 53 points, followed by Father Tolton with 55 and Boonville with 64.
Meanwhile, in the final-team standings for the girls, which consisted of only three teams, Salisbury won the meet with 19 points while Boonville finished second with 54 and Fulton third with 56.
The traveling cow bell trophies also went to the first-place teams, who will get to keep the bells until next year.
Boonville cross-country coach Emily Allsop said as a team they are getting better every race with new personal bests and season best times.
"That is great to see," Allsop said. "We also find new things we need to improve on, so we keep getting stronger as the season goes on. The teams will be back in action on Saturday at Marshall and we will have the debut of our new runners/soccer players, Allan Wilkinson."
After completion of the JV boys and girls races, the varsity girls took to the course under cloudy skies at the Kemper parade field.
In a two-person race for pretty much the entire course, Salisbury's Sydney Ratliff edged out Boonville's Holly Krumm at the finish line by a mere 17 tenths of a second, 22:19.29-22:19.46.
Allsop said it was the closest finish she has ever seen.
Freshman Grace Schupp finished 14th overall for the Lady Pirates in a time of 26:12 while Savannah Burnett placed 18th in 27:05, Kayla Cotten 19th in 27:13, Rebecca Gramlich 21st in 27:44 and Patience Dorman in 23rd place in 28:00.
Allsop said only the top-three JV winners and top-five varsity winners received medals.
In the final race of the night, which also came down to a two-person race, Stover's Jordan French edged out Boonville's Rory Concannon by 11 tenths of a second, 17:38-17:47.
Allsop said Concannon had a great race. "We will get better at a stronger finish," Allsop said.
Jason Broyhill also had a great race while finishing seventh overall in a time of 19:58 while Zac Ruffolo placed 20th in 21:47, Joel Concannon 24th in 22:57 and Brian Hagen 25th in 23:26.
Allsop said Broyhill had an amazing finish. "I told him he had 30 seconds to break 20 minutes and he found something from somewhere and sprinted to the end," Allsop said. "It was amazing. One of the best finishes for any BHS runner for the season. This was Jason's best time."
In JV competition, Ada Karabegovic of Father Tolton captured first in a time of 27:54. Meanwhile, for the boys, John Burch of Fulton took first in a time of 22:36.
Five participated in the JV girls meet while seven total took part in the JV boys meet.