Boonville freshman Daylynn Baker once again defied all odds Saturday during the Class 3 Sectional 2 Track Meet at Lutheran North in St. Louis.
While finishing third the week before at districts in California, Baker was a longshot to make it to state in her first year of high school track. However, in the meet on Saturday, Baker was the final runner to get in by placing fourth in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in a time of 48.24 seconds.
Sage Wilder of Winfield captured first in the 300 hurdles in 47.24 seconds, followed by Samantha Steve of Trinity Catholic at 48.01, Sayde Taggart of Southern Boone at 48.12 and Baker fourth at 48.24.
Boonville Lady Pirates track coach Melissa Baker said coming into sectionals her hope for Daylynn was that she just run a solid race and have a personal best. “We talked a lot about not worrying about next weekend (state) and just focusing on today,” Baker said. “Going into the race Daylynn was nervous, but she ran a great race. Daylynn’s strength is the end of the race and that showed today. Daylynn closed very strong and set a personal record along with getting the honor of representing Boonville at the state track meet next weekend. With another strong week of practice, we plan on shooting for another personal record next week.”
Of course Baker wasn’t the only participant for Boonville as juniors Tramell Coleman and Brandon Johnson competed in the long jump and discus, respectively.
As the eighth seed going into the discus, Johnson missed the cut by one spot by finishing fifth with a throw of 133’-01”.
Boonville Pirates track coach Steve Smith said the throw by Johnson was his second best this season.
“Brandon threw great all week in practice so I thought he had a shot,” Smith said, “but he handled it well. I look for him to make it next year.”
Jordan Jenkins of McCluer South-Berkeley won the discus with a toss of 152’-1”, followed by Anthony Heard of Lutheran St. Charles at 146’-6”, Jonathan Niemeyer of Orchard Farm at 144’-11” and Zane Torreyson of Centralia at 134’-3”.
As for Coleman in the long jump, the junior standout placed eighth with a leap of 18’-11”.
Joshua Hopkins of Lutheran North won the long jump with a jump of 23’-3”, followed by Peyton Davis of Centralia at 23’-1”, Isaiah Williams of Trinity Catholic at 22’-3 3/4” and Dai’Shawn Cotton of McCluer South-Berkeley at 20’-9”.
Smith said Coleman just wasn’t quite on his stride. “He had one good jump but scratched,” Smith said. “I thought Tramell did the best he could. This is the level he made last year so hopefully we can get him through to state next year. We got two to sectionals so hopefully we will get more next year. It’s always tough when you have to put things away for the year, but we’ll work on the things we need to work on and try to get back here next year.”
The Trinity Catholic boys and girls also captured the team titles with 84.5 and 106.5 points, respectively.
Boonville boys and girls track teams finished 21st and 19th overall, respectively, with 5 points.