After dominating the Cooper County Relays last week at the BHS Sports Complex, Boonville boys track coach Steve Smith and girls coach Melissa Baker both knew that Tuesday’s triangular against Centralia and Moberly would be different.
With the Panthers at the top of the Clarence Cannon Conference year in and year out, Moberly is also among the top teams in the North Central Missouri Conference.
As it turned out, Centralia dominated as expected in both the boys and girls division with 108 and 77 points respectively.
The Boonville boys finished second overall with 26 points while Moberly scored 24 points to finish third. Following the Centralia girls, meanwhile, was Moberly in second place with 26 points and Boonville third with 23.
Smith said the kids really improved from last week. “I was very proud how they went out and competed, especially coming off spring break,” Smith said. “We have a lot of work to do down the road as we get ready for the bigger meets.”
Baker said she was happy with the girls effort. “Many of their times improved from our first meet,” Baker said. “Centralia and Moberly both had some strong competitors and for our girls to place in the top three in events is something to be proud of.”
Boonville’s Keandre Anderson, Gabe Kaiser and Kaleigh Schaefer definitely did that Tuesday for the Pirates by placing first in their respective events. Anderson won the shot put with a toss of 45’-2” while Kaiser captured first in the 300 hurdles in a time of 43.88 seconds. As for Schaefer, she placed first in the 100-meter dash in a time of 13.62 seconds.
Boonville also had a number of second place finishes in the meet. Schaefer placed second in the 200-meter dash in 29.11 seconds and then ran a leg on the 4 x 100-meter relay team along with Allison Holem, Jalyn Schnetzler and Zoe Coffelt in a time of 55.34 seconds.
Other second place finishers were Bre Coleman in the 100-meter dash in 13.81 seconds and the 4 x 200-meter relay team of Holem, Schnetzler, Coffelt and Madison Lenz in 2:00.59.
For the Boonville boys, Anthony Reasons placed second in the 800-meter run in 2:15.75. The Pirates also took second in the 4 x 100 (Gabe Kaiser, Adam Edler, Jason Broyhill and Brandon Ford) in 46.58 seconds, 4 x 200 (Gabe Kaiser, Adam Edler, Jason Broyhill and Anthony Reasons) in 1:38.65, 4 x 400 (Gabe Kaiser, Trenton Johnson, Anthony Reasons and Adam Edler) in 3:49.30, and 4 x 800 (Austin Wray, Brian Hagen, Raymond Sosa and Tayshaun Bledsoe) in 9:42.75.
Third place finishers for Boonville were Reasons in the high jump at 5’-6”, Allison Holem in both the 100 and 300 hurdles in 18:47 seconds and 54.75 seconds, respectively, and Bre Coleman in the 400 in 1:18.
The Boonville boys and girls track team will compete next on Tuesday, April 5th in the CMU Relays in Fayette starting at 1 p.m. Then, on Friday, April 8th, Boonville will compete in the Chillicothe Relays starting at 2 p.m.