The Boonville Pirates cross-country team had its final tune-up over the weekend in the Frank Lemons Invitational in Hannibal before the NCMC Meet this coming Saturday at Marshall.
With four boys and three girls competing in the meet for Boonville, head coach Blake Bodenhamer said the athletes knew how hard this course was prior to the race.
“Their final times were a minute or two off of most of their PRs, but I attribute most of that to the huge difficulty differences between the courses,” Bodenhamer said. “If anything, this was great practice for the athletes who see the state cross-country meet in their future. Next week we will be at Marshall for the NCMC Conference Meet. All of our athletes are very excited to head back to Marshall since this was where most of them got their best times of the season so far.”
While still waiting on the official results, Bodenhamer said sophomore Cale Fox had the best time for the Pirates by placing 26th overall in 21 minutes and 7 seconds. Charlie Pumel finished right behind Fox in 31st place in 21:35, followed by Skyler Blumhorst in 54th place in 23:18 and Ethan Gunderson in 68th place in 26:27.
“All of our guys got out of the gate surprisingly fast this race,” Bodenhamer said.  “At one point Cale was in the top 10, which may have been a little bit too quick for this race, but to make a statement like that early on in the race takes a lot of guts.  All of our guys were sitting really good around the first mile.  All of them were on or under pace which is great.  
“About halfway through the race I could see Cale holding his hamstring which is never a good thing.  He continued to run a very strong race, but I could tell that he was in a lot of pain the last two miles of the course.  He ended up finishing with a decent time and position despite his injury.  Charlie came in about 30 seconds after Cale, followed by Skyler, then Ethan.  Ethan had one of the strongest finishes that I had seen from him all year.”
As for the Boonville girls, junior Jalyn Schnetzler finished 26th overall in a time of 26:43 while Blake Allison placed 31st in 27:28 and Annabel Carter in 40th place in 28:44.
Bodenhamer said when the girl's race started all of the Boonville girls were towards the middle of the pack but by the first mile, Blake had moved up to the upper third, while Jalyn and Annabel stayed towards the middle.  
“Blake was on pace at the first mile, Jalyn and Annabel were slightly over their normal mile split,” Bodenhamer said.  “About halfway through the race Annabel hurt her ankle, so Jalyn had to leave her to make sure that she stayed on pace.  At the second mile Blake was slightly over pace and Jayln was making steady progress to try to catch up to Blake.  Halfway through the second mile Jayln caught up to and passed Blake.  Jalyn managed to finish first for our girl's team this meet.”