You didn’t have to remind Boonville’s Holly Krumm or Rory Concannon about missing the state cross-country meet last year in Jefferson City.
As a qualifier in 2011, Krumm missed the cut by one runner by finishing 16th overall while Concannon went in seeded 20th and wound up finishing 30th.
Fast forward to Saturday’s Class 3 District 5 Cross-Country Meet at Rothwell park in Moberly. While running first at 10 a.m., Krumm took out fast with the first group and finished the same way while finishing sixth overall out of 68 runners with a personal best time of 21:27.70.
As for Concannon, he too, went out strong with the leaders and wound up making the cut by three runners by finishing 12th overall in a time of 18:16.
Krumm and Concannon will now advance to the Missouri State Cross-Country Meet on Saturday, Nov. 9th at Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City. Concannon will compete first at 12 noon, followed by Krumm at 1:05 p.m.
As for the final-team standings for the boys, Warrensburg captured first with 43 points. Moberly finished second with 67 points, followed by Helias in third place at 74, Odessa fourth at 122, Osage fifth at 144, Chillicothe sixth at 183, Clinton seventh at 187, Eldon eighth at 191, Kirksville ninth at 198 and Fulton 10th at 199.
In the final-team standings for the girls,  Helias finished first with 30 points. Warrensburg placed second with 62 points, followed by Clinton at 116, Kirksville at 124, Moberly at 132, Odessa at 156, Chillicothe at 174, Eldon at 193, Boonville ninth at 204 and Marshall 10th at 248.
Trent Classen of Warrensburg was the overall boys winner in a time of 17:05.60 while Nicole Lee of Clinton captured first for the girls in 19:10.
Boonville Cross-Country coach Emily Allsop said after missing out by one runner last year and a mere 3 seconds, Krumm set out to ensure that didn’t happen this year.
“Holly has risen to the challenge in every big race this year, and I couldn’t have been more proud of her performance on Saturday,” Allsop said. “She landed her spot early in the race and never gave it up.”
Krumm said she had it built up in her mind since  last year that she didn’t want that to happen again.
“I have worked really hard for it and I was seeded to go to state but I knew that wasn’t enough and then I have been sick these last few days and this morning,” Krumm said. “I was nervous so I didn’t think sick would make a difference but I came out fast and strong and stuck with it and ended up getting sixth with my best time, which was really good, so I was happy with it.”
Krumm also took the same approach from the conference meet by going out fast.
“It worked out well for me at conference so I tried to come out fast here and stuck with the runners that I knew to be fast runners and then I ended up passing those girls and just stuck with the fast pace and had a strong finish,” Krumm said.
As for Concannon, Allsop said Rory was racing for what could have been the last race of his high school career.
“Rory has never made it to state, and he has struggled this season with keeping his spot for an entire race,” Allsop said. “Last year he placed 30th in districts, his sophomore year 25th, and his freshmen year 33rd. Rory is a runner who always pushes himself every day at practice, but has never seen his dream of participating in the state tournament realized. We worked on mental preparation and racing strategy to help him visualize the finish he wanted to have on Saturday. When he crossed the one mile mark he was in fifth place, as usual. Waiting to see him come out at the two mile mark was the longest six minutes of the season. If he maintained his place he would make it to state, but all season he has given up his position in the second and third miles.”
Allsop said the first-five runners came out of the woods at the two-mile mark, but Concannon wasn’t with them anymore. She said as a coach she got nervous, but 25 seconds later Rory emerged in ninth place.
“I think he and I both felt a little more confident that he was going to make it,” Allsop said. “He gave up two places going into the first for the first time, but came out 11th for the final one-half mile stretch  to the finish line. I told him it was all mental from there, and he had prepared for it. He placed 12th out of 74 competitors. It was the best moment of the season to see a senior with four years of hard work and dedication to the sport behind him finally qualify for state.”
Concannon said he went out where he wanted to go out.
“Honestly, no one was as fast as they wanted to be today because it was really muddy and the course had changed and nobody knew the course had changed,” Concannon said. “I came up here last week and actually looked and ran the new course so that helped out a lot knowing the course. I wanted to get in the top 15 and I got 12th but I stayed with the pack of people I wanted to. I didn’t really move too far up or too far down. I started fairly close to where I finished.”
Concannon said time-wise everyone was a little bit off. “I wasn’t too made about that,” Concannon said. “I am just happy to go to state. I kind of wanted to finish top 10 but after not making it last year I am just happy to go. My goal at state is to hopefully be in the top 25 because I feel like that is doable, but it will be hard.”
While Krumm and Concannon will get to move on to state, senior Savannah Burnett ran the last high school race of her career after finishing 58th in a time of 28:08.80.
Freshman Grace Schupp finished second for the Boonville girls and 45th overall in a time of 25:59.80 while Rebecca Gramlich placed 55th overall in 27:34.60, Kayla Cotten 57th overall in a time of 28:04.40 and Patience Dorman in 59th place in 28:18.70.
Allsop said all of the girls beat their times from the Moberly meet a few weeks ago.
“Savannah has been a great leader for us this season, and motivated all the new runners to stay with her in practice and meets,” Allsop said. “Grace’s goal was to break 25 minutes, and she did that with a solid stride on the final stretch. Cotten also finished with a really strong sprint to the finish line.”
As for the Boonville boys cross-country team, they had only three runners compete over the weekend and therefore did not have the required five members to qualify in the team standings.
Sophomore Jason Broyhill finished 53rd overall in a time of 21:02.20 while Joel Concannon placed 70th in a time of 22:54.30. Allsop said although Broyhill and Concannon are not state bound this year, their ability to push Holly and Rory at practice contributed greatly to the team’s success.