If Boonville senior Brandon Ford wasn’t already motivated after placing second in the 100-meter dash earlier during the NCMC Track Meet Friday at Marshall, imagine the fire that burned within Ford in the 200 after overhearing a track official commenting to Hannibal’s Shamar Griffith to go ahead and get it over with.
Although Ford had already finished second in the triple jump with a personal record with a leap of 42’-10”, the senior standout finished second to Griffith in the 100 by a mere 16 tenths of a second 11.42 to 11.58 seconds.
Ford, however, said he had a plan in the 200 to let Griffith run ahead. The two were neck in neck after the first turn. But on the final stretch, Ford edged past Griffith and never looked back while capturing first in a time of 23.11 seconds. Griffith finished second in 23.16 seconds.
Ford’s day wasn’t done, though. While anchoring the 4 x 100-meter relay along with Keon Johnson, Adam Edler and Jason Broyhill, the Pirates finished third overall with a season best time of 46.22 seconds.
Boonville Pirates track coach Steve Smith said Ford continued his roll by winning the 200, placing second in the triple and 100 and anchoring the 4 x 100. “Special day for this young man,” Smith said. “Brandon Johnson and Jacob Bailey both had personal records in the discus with throws of 110’-5” and 108’-8”. I can’t say enough how hard the kids pushed it. We really had to scramble to put some things together when Gabe got hurt this week. We will now look forward to districts in Montgomery City this coming Saturday.”
With the top three receiving medals and top eight picking up points, the Pirates also scored well in the shot put with junior Keandre Anderson placing second with a toss of 46’-9 1/2”.
The 4 x 800-meter relay team of Tayshaun Bledsoe, Trenton Johnson, Brian Hagen and Austin Ray, meanwhile, finished fourth overall in a time of 9:27.31.
Wray also took sixth in the 400 in a time of 54.32 seconds, as did the 4 x 200-meter relay team of Keon Johnson, Adam Edler, Trenton Johnson and Jason Broyhill in 1:42.23 and the 4 x 400-meter relay team of Trenton Johnson, Adam Edler, Austin Wray and Jason Broyhill in 3:53.83.
Eighth place finishers for Boonville were Edler in the 100-meter dash in 12.47 seconds, Trenton Johnson in the 400 in 56.05 seconds, Raymond Sosa in the triple jump at 37’-7” and Broyhill in the pole vault at 9’-0”.
In the final-team standings for the boys, Hannibal captured first with 178.50 points. Mexico finished second with 158 points, followed by Kirksville with 140, Fulton 72.33, Moberly 67.33, Boonville sixth with 58.33 and Marshall seventh with 19 points.
As for the Boonville Lady Pirates track team, senior Kaleigh Schaefer finished second in the high jump with a jump of 4’-8”.
Meanwhile, in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200-meter relays, the team of Zoe Coffelt, Jalyn Schnetzler, Bre Coleman and Schaefer finished fourth in times of 53.94 seconds and 1:55.57, respectively.
Boonville Lady Pirates track coach Melissa Baker said the time in the 4 x 100 was a season best.
The Lady Pirates also picked up a season best from freshman Madison Lenz in the triple jump after placing sixth with a leap of 30’-3”. Also placing sixth was the 4 x 400-meter relay team of Annabel Carter, Bealea Welch, Emily Painter and Madison Lenz in 5:21.48 and the 4 x 800-meter relay team of Annabel Carter, Aarica Shay, Sydney Florine and Kyleigh Skoufos in a time of 13:03.
Seventh place finishers were Bre Coleman in the 100-meter dash in 14.14 seconds, Jalyn Schnetlzer in the 200-meter dash in 29.62 seconds, Kennedy Walker in the discus with a toss of 87’-1”.
Kyleigh Skoufos also took eighth in the pole vault with a vault of 7’-0”.
Baker said the NCMC Track Conference has some very strong teams.
“We ran our season best time in the 4 x 100 relay, and Madison Lenz jumped a personal best in the triple jump,” Baker said. “Kennedy Walker also threw a personal best in the discus with a throw of 87’-1”, which placed her seventh in conference. This is the time of year where we want our kids to peak, and when kids run PRs at conference that is something to be proud of. I am looking forward to districts and hopefully we will get a few events to sectionals.”
In the final-team standings for the girls, Hannibal captured first with 216 points. Moberly finished second with 151 points, followed by Kirksville with 105, Mexico 71, Marshall 59, Fulton 57 and Boonville with 34 points.