The Boonville boys and girls cross-country team had the perfect warm up for this weekend’s conference meet at Kemper park in Boonville while competing in the Helias Invitational in Jefferson City on Saturday.
With a total of 59 male runners and 46 female runners, head coach Emily Allsop said the Lady Pirates finished sixth overall with a team score of 161 while the Boonville boys placed ninth with 221 points.
The Jefferson City High School boys and girls swept the field in the final team standings with 30 and 27 points, respectively.
Hickman finished second in the boys division with 75 points, followed by Mexico and Hazelwood West each with 88, Helias with 90, Eldon with 192, Clinton with 201, Smith-Cotton with 205 and Boonville with 221.
In the girls division, Helias finished second with 39 points while Hickman placed third with 84, Hazelwood West with 102, Eldon with 135 and Boonville sixth with 161.
Malik Holman of Mexico had the winning time for the boys in 16:54 while Nicole Lee of Clinton captured first for the girls in a time of 19:22.
Boonville senior Rory Concannon had the best overall finish for the Pirates in 15th place in a time of 18:15.78. Jason Broyhill, meanwhile, finished 44th overall in 20:43 while Allan Wilkinson placed 54th in 22:03, Joel Concannon 58th place in 23.26 and Brian Hagen 59th place in 23.52.
For the Boonville girls, Grace Schupp finished 38th overall in a time of 26:29. Rebecca Gramlich placed 40th overall with a personal best time in 27:30 while Savannah Burnett finished 41st in 27:40, Kayla Cotten 42nd in 28:05 and Patience Dorman 45th in 28:54.
The NCMC Saturday at Kemper park will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the coaches meeting, followed by the JV boys and girls race at 10, varsity girls at 10:30 and varsity boys at 11.
The top 14 finishers in the boys and girls divisions will receive medals in addition to all-conference honors.
The top boy’s and girl’s teams, meanwhile, will also receive a team trophy.
Allsop said the highlight of the race for the girls was Rebecca Gramlich earning a new personal best.
“We have been working on pacing and running faster in the third mile than you do in the first-two, and she did a phenomenal job at that,” Allsop said. “She passed numerous runners in the last mile. All of the girls did a good job with pacing and finishing strong.”
As for the boys race, Allsop said Broyhill and Wilkinson had smart runs.
“They loved the course, and it showed in their finish,” Allsop said. “Rory ran perfect as planned in his first-two miles, but in the last mile, he let three runners pass him, who shouldn’t have. This will be the focus of our training between now and districts.”
After conference, the Boonville boys and girls will compete in the Class 3 District 5 Cross-Country Meet on Saturday, Oct. 26th at Moberly.