Tired, hot and exhausted from the day’s events Saturday during the Class 3 District 4 Track Meet at California, Boonville freshman Daylynn Baker wasn’t about to let what transpired earlier in the 4 x 100 meter relay stop her from qualifying in the 300 hurdles.
With a banged up leg from a softball game, Baker made the most of the situation by placing third in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in a time of 49.09 seconds.
Boonville Lady Pirates track coach Melissa Baker said the district meet was a great opportunity for the athletes to go out and compete, and improve on their personal best.
“Several of the girls had season best performances,” Baker said. “Annabel Carter finished her high school track career with a personal best in the 300 hurdles with a 57. Lily Terrell finished her sophomore season with a personal record in the javelin with a throw of 105’-0” and Daylynn Baker had a season highlight by running a 49.09 in the 300 hurdles. This performance placed her third in districts making her an all-district athlete and she will now move on to sectionals next Saturday.”
Of course Baker isn’t the only member of the Boonville track team moving on to next week’s sectional at Lutheran North High School in St. Louis.
Sophomore Tramell Coleman and junior Brandon Johnson also punched their tickets by placing in the top four in their respective events. While missing out in the 100-meter dash by placing fifth in 11.69 seconds and  sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 40’-1/2”, Coleman finally made good in the long jump with a second place finish with a jump of 19’-10”.
As for Johnson, he ran into some bad luck while sitting in third place with one thrower to go in the discus. As it turned out, the Hallsville thrower wound up knocking Johnson back to fourth place by only inches at 132’-4”.
Boonville track coach Steve Smith said this was a very competitive district at California. “We didn’t have our best day but the kids competed. “Tramell is going to have to find 21 or 22 feet to move on next week in St. Louis. As for Brandon, I think he has a real good shot to move on to state. There are six throwers all together in the 130s but I think with a good week of practice, Brandon can separate himself from the rest of the pack.”
In all, the Boonville boys scored in 11 events while the Lady Pirates finished in the top eight in five events.
The boys 4 x 400-meter relay team of Skyler Blumhorst, Nick Ferrari, Hayden Potter and Anthony Black finished sixth in a time of 3:50.70.
The Boonville boys also had three seventh place finishers. Smith said Jason Waller set a personal record in the high jump at 5’-8” while Nathan Platt broke Christian Kosnopfal’s record in the javelin with a throw of 127’-8”.
Also placing seventh was the 4 x 800-meter relay team of Charlie Pumel, Ferrari, Blumhorst and Potter in 9:33.50.
Finishing eighth were Johnson in the shot put with a toss of 41’-1 1/2”, Jacob Bailey in the discus at 123’-6” and Kosnopfal in the javelin at 127’-5”.
As for the Boonville girls, Molly Amos finished sixth in the 800 in 2:44.81
Lily Terrell placed seventh set a personal record in the javelin with a throw of 105’-8, as did Jodie Bass in the 100-meter dash in 13.62 seconds and the 4 x 400-meter relay team of Amos, Kali Corbitt, Reese Lavers and Brooke Eichelberger in 4:49.88.
The Boonville Lady Pirates also had some bad luck in the 4 x 100-meter relay. While capturing the NCMC title one week earlier, the Lady Pirates were third going into the final 10 meters but had a runner stumble to knock them out of the running.
Baker said the girls went into the meet with the goal of setting a school record and moving onto sectionals. “Two of the four girls on the team fought through injuries this week, which made practicing difficult,” Baker said. “Leaving it all on the track and charging hard to the finish line, Jalyn Schnetzler stumbled as she was competing for an all district finish for her team. It was a heartbreaking defeat, but it will stoke the first of these underclassmen as they prepare for next year’s track season. This is an all around great group of girls that I have thoroughly enjoyed working with this season.”
The Centralia boys and girls won the team titles with 131.5 and 153 points, respectively.