After a four hour delay due to the rain and lightning Saturday at the Missouri Track and Field Championships in Jefferson City, Boonville sophomore Zoe Coffelt knew that it was now or never to make the finals in the javelin.
While finishing third overall in her flight with a distance of 109’-3”, Boonville Lady Pirates track coach Melissa Baker said Coffelt was ranked fifth going into finals.
As it turned out, the distance of 109’-3” was good enough for sixth place overall for Coffelt, who just picked up the javelin and started throwing this season.
Baker said the state track meet was a perfect culmination of the season for Coffelt.
“Zoe is talented in multiple areas, but really found a passion for the javelin this season,” Baker said. “Through practice and hard work and teaming with her coaches, she was able to qualify for the state meet.
Although the weather wasn’t perfect, Zoe’s training paid off and she made it to the finals. All of the coaches and the team are so proud of Zoe and how she represented her school and community. Zoe’s finish at state is an amazing achievement to earn all-state honors and the coaching staff is looking forward to her for two more track seasons.”
Cassidy Beem of Lamar captured the title in the javelin with a distance of 120’-10”. Katelyn Mooney, also of Lamar, finished second with a distance of 118’-8”, followed by Camryn Ramsey of Odessa at 117’-3”, Caitlyn Holmes of Central Park Hills at 113’-6”, Mekaylee Beard of Seneca at 111’-11”, Coffelt at 109’-3”, Kerrigan Gamm of Osage at 108’-4” and Blair Widmer of Father Tolton at 106’-9”.
Only the top eight are awarded medals at state.
As for Coffelt, the sophomore standout finished with throws of 104’-0”, 109’-3”, 94’-0”, 99’-2”, 106’-3” and 104’-9”.
John Burroughs boys and  McCluer South-Berkeley girls captured the state title in Class 3 with 62 and 60 points, respectively.