Senior Blake Allison turns in the top time for the Boonville girls
Boonville sophomore Cale Fox appears to have it figured out when it comes to competing in cross-country meets.
While going up against a field of 16 other schools Thursday during the Oak Grove Invitational, Fox finished 19th overall out of 72 runners in a time of 20 minutes and 21 seconds.
Jackson Letcher of Platte County turned in the fastest time in the meet in a time of 18:06.
“They handed out medals to the top 20 runners in the boys varsity division so Cale Fox brought home a medal for his second meet in a row,” said Boonville cross-country coach Blake Bodenhamer. “He is more than capable of holding his own on the courses now and keeping his medaling streak up. Cale is really starting to mature as a runner. You can see it in his composure and the way that he paces himself during races. Last year, Cale finished with a time of 21:33, so this year's time is almost a minute and ten seconds better which is a very exciting improvement especially this early in the season. If he can keep up these gains, I am very anxious to see how he can perform on some of the courses where he received his best times last year like the Fulton course. Charlie Pumel ran a good race today, but I could tell that we need to work a bit on his endurance and strength since we are sharing him with the soccer team more this year. He had a very competitive finish, but w just need to work on getting him faster throughout the entire race. Ethan Gunderson ran a pretty good time of 26:51 for his first ever 5K. Tyler Weixeldorfer did pretty well too coming off an ankle injury earlier in the week.”
Charlie Pumel finished 36th overall in a time of 21:55 while Ethan Gunderson placed 66th in 26:51 and Tyler Weixeldorfer 72nd in 32:31.
As for the Boonville girls, which competed against a field of 51 runners, Blake Allison had the top place finish in 23rd place in 27:34. Annabel Carter finished 28th overall in a time of 28:03 while Kia Moore took 41st overall in 30:40.
Hailey Alvis of Fort Osage had the fastest time for the girls in 21:26.
“They handed medals out to the top 20 runners in the girls division, so Blake was just shy of bringing home some hardware tonight placing 23rd,” Bodenhamer said. “Annabel was pretty close after finishing at 28th. The athletes knew that this was one of the harder courses that we will encounter all season because of the massive hill midway through the course. The hill work that we looked at the last couple weeks at practice in preparation definitely made a difference this meet, but we still need some more. I would like to see our girls get stronger driving up hills in our future meets. Our endurance is where it needs to be at, but we just need to work on some strength on the girls side. Thankfully, we are still early in the season with this meet being our first official 5K of the season.
The Boonville boys and girls cross-country team will compete next on Saturday, Sept. 16th at Fulton starting at 10 a.m.
Bodenhamer said as a team the Pirates are always excited to go to Fulton because in the past that is where most of the athletes have ran their best times.