The Boonville boys and girls track teams had high hopes of qualifying its four members on to the Missouri State Track & Field Championships on May 25-26 in Jefferson City.


The Boonville boys and girls track teams had high hopes of qualifying its four members on to the Missouri State Track & Field Championships on May 25-26 in Jefferson City.

While competing in one of the toughest sectionals in the state in Class 3, the four members also knew it would be tough just to finish in the top four. As it turned out, the Lady Pirates had one fifth place finisher and two seventh place finishers while the Boonville boys had its lone participant finish seventh in the 800-meter run.

Senior Melanie Poock, a state qualifier  last year in the pole vault, missed out one qualifying for a second straight year by finishing fifth at Missouri Institute Country Day with a vault of 8’-9”. Haley Prior of MICDS captured first in the pole vault with a vault of 11’-0”.

As for the two seventh place finishers, sophomore Chloe Clinton finished seventh in the 200-meter dash in a time of 27.79 seconds while freshman Addyson Reardon placed seventh in the 100-meter hurdles in 16.61 seconds.

Kayle Heidelberg of University City won both the 200-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles in times of 25.25 seconds and 14.91 seconds, respectively.

Boonville Lady Pirates track coach Melissa Baker said making it to the sectional track meet was a great accomplishment for the kids.

“Melanie was very close to getting out in the pole vault, so that was a heartbreaker,”?Baker said. “Addyson and Chloe both ran good races. We are in a tough sectional meet so the times and performances by competitors at the meet are outstanding for high school girls. It was good for Addyson and Chloe to experience sectionals in individual events and for them to see where they need to be next year to qualify at sectionals. All three of these girls did a great job for the track team this year and were key components to the team.

“Overall, this was a great first track season as the girl’s head coach. We accomplished some good things. The girls were fun to work with and worked hard at practice and in the meets. The team will miss the senior leadership of Melanie Poock next year. There are some good upcoming freshman that will help with numbers and help strengthen our team.”

As for the lone participant for the Boonville boys track team, senior Jason Thurman finished seventh in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:02.49.

Amos Bartelsmeyer of MICDS captured first in the 800 in a time of 1:55.82.

Boonville boys track coach Steve Smith said even though Thurman was able to take two seconds off his previous best time, it just wasn’t enough to qualify for the state meet. “We knew coming in that it would probably take a 1:59 to get in and we were right on,” Smith said.  “Jason has a great season and as his experience increases, I?believe he will have very successful seasons for Columbia College.”

While Boonville and Marshall were shutout as far as state qualifiers, the Hannibal Pirates will be sending 14 total qualifiers to state. Kirksville will have six athletes moving on to state while Fulton and Mexico each have four and Moberly with two.

In the final-team standings for the girls at sectionals, University City captured first with 110 points. MICDS finished second with 97 points, followed by Bowling Green in third place with 43 points, McCluer South Berkeley in fourth place with 39 points and Fulton fifth with 38 points. The Boonville girls track team finished tied with North County Tech in 22nd place with 8 points.

Meanwhile, in the final-team standings for the boys, Hannibal ran away with the title while accumulating 124.5 points.

MICDS finished second with 71 points, followed by University City in third place with 65 points, Jennings fourth with 63 points and John Burroughs fifth with 57 points.

The Boonville boys track team placed 26th overall in a tie with Transportation Law with 2 points.