If opposing teams didn’t take notice of the Boonville’s 4 x 100-meter relay team before Tuesday’s annual Guy Rush Memorial Invitational Track Meet at California, they have now.
While competing against a field of eight other teams on a unusably warm day, the Lady Pirates 4 x 100 meter relay team of Jodie Bass, Daylynn Baker, Reese Lavers and Jalyn Schnetzler blistered the field with a season best time of 54.14 seconds to capture Boonville’s only first place finish.
As for the final team standings, Versailles captured first with 142 points. North Callaway finished second sith 131, followed by Southern Boone at 98.5, California 80, Boonville fifth at 65, New Bloomfield 54, Green Ridge 29, Tipton 26.5 and Otterville 14.
Boonville Lady Pirates track coach Melissa Baker said the team had three season best performances at the California meet.
“Our goal each meet is to improve and achieve a new personal record. We talk about our goal before running, and both sprint relay teams did what they set their mind to at the meet. We are getting into the peak of our season with only one more meet until conference. I believe we have a few strong events that will be competitive at conference and I am looking forward to continuing our hard work over the next-two weeks as we prepare for our conference meet.”
Schnetzler and Baker also brought home a couple of second place finishes for Boonville. Schnetzler finished second in the 100-meter dash in 13.63 seconds while Baker placed second in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.55 seconds. Lily Terrell also took second in both the pole vault at 8’-0” and second in the javelin with a toss of 91’-9”.
The same 4 x 100 meter relay that place first and set a season best also finished third with a personal best for the season in 1:56.02.
In the 100 meter dash, Bass placed fourth in 14.05 seconds while Schnetzler ran a personal best in the 400 meter dash in 1:08.71.
Bass also took sixth in the 200 in 30.14 seconds.
Finishing fifth was Baker in the 300 meter hurdles in 56.30 seconds, Martha Waller in the shot put with a toss of 27’-3”, Molly Amos in the 800 in 2:52.42 and the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Lavers, Amos, Kali Corbitt and Brooke Eichelberger in 4:54.
Eichelberger also placed eighth in the long jump with a jump of 13’-10”, as did Corbitt in the 800 in 2:58.68.
As for the Boonville boys track team, they also had several place finishers in the meet.
In the final team standings for the boys, New Bloomfield accumulated 150 points to win the title. Southern Boone finished second with 126 points, followed by California at 81, Versailles 79, North Callaway 77, Tipton 63, Boonville seventh with 38, Green Ridge 15 and Otterville 0.
Boonville Pirates track coach Steve Smith said the kids are starting to see their times fall and its fun to see the excitement.
“The 4 x 800 meter relay team shaved 16 seconds off their race and that kind of set the stage for the rest of the group,” Smith said. “The youngsters all improved their times even though they didn’t place. Christian Thomas, Brayden McFarland in the 800 and Kristopher Ueligger in the 100 and 200, along with Nick Ferrari in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200. Garrett Coffey had a PR in the javelin with a throw of 102. We have one more meet this Friday in Fulton before the NCMC meet on May 4th.”
With no first or second place finishes in the meet, the Pirates did have six third place finishes.
Sophomore Tramell Coleman finished third in both the long jump at 18’-6 1/4” and 100 meter dash in 11.86 seconds. Charlie Pumel placed third in the 3200 in 11:40.87 and then ran a leg on the 4 x 800 meter relay team along with Skyler Blumhorst, Nick Ferrari and Hayden Potter, which took third with a personal best time of 9:22.92.
Blumhorst, Ferrari and Potter also ran a leg on the 4 x 400-meter relay team along with Anthony Black, which finished fourth with a personal best time of 3:50.31. Meanwhile, in the 4 x 100 and running a season best time of 47.27 seconds, was the team of Black, Potter, Ferrari and Coleman.
Coleman took fifth in the triple jump as well with a leap of 40’-6 3/4”. Blumhorst placed sixth in the 1600 in 5:23.47. Potter finished seventh in the 400 meter dash with a personal record of 56.09 seconds.
Eighth place finishers were Jason Waller in the high jump at 5’-2” and 300 hurdles in 52.53 seconds and Alan McCarter in the shot put with a throw of 34’-10”.