Boonville Lady Pirates track coach Melissa Baker had been there before as a member of the California track meet.
So when giving advice to freshman Daylynn Baker, who is also her daughter, Friday at the state track meet in Jefferson City, Baker said she just told Daylynn to relax and leave everything on the track.
As it turned out, Baker was more than relaxed by finishing fifth and setting a personal record along with a school record from 1994 in a time of 47.14 seconds.
Ranked 10th going into prelims in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, Baker beat the odds and then some by finishing third in her heat in a time of 47.94 seconds.
“As a freshman you look up at the record board and the pictures of the all-state athletes in the commons at the high school daily,” Baker said. “Many of those records and the possibility of having your picture on the wall can seem unattainable. This weekend Daylynn was able to add her name and picture to both while making a memory that will last a lifetime.
“In the prelims I told her to hold her head high and that she should be proud that she made it this year,” Baker said of her daughter. However, Daylynn’s strength in this race is the last 100 meters and she came alive. She ended up third in her heat, which was a personal record. Daylynn’s time put her in seventh overall, which got her to the finals.”
In the finals, Baker said Daylynn was more confident during her warm ups and with the huge crowd.
“Daylynn was in lane one and ran an outstanding race,” Baker said. “Again, she ran down competitors at the end of the race and placed fifth in the state in Class 3. I couldn’t be anymore proud of Daylynn and her accomplishments this season. Saturday was the sixth time she ran the 300 hurdles and she improved her time every race. Competing in the state track meet is every track athletes goal. Daylynn represented the Boonville Pirate track team well and we couldn’t have asked for a better way to wrap up our 2018 track and field season.”
By finishing fifth at state as the only member of the Boonville Lady Pirates track, Baker scored 42 team points for a tie for 42nd place.
Busiwa Asinga of Principia won the 300 hurdles in a time of 44.02 seconds.
As for team standings, Cardinal Ritter captured the boys 3A title with 72 points while John Burroughs won the girls 3A title with 62 points. In Class 4, Carthage won the boys title with 62 points while MICDS finished first for the girls with 88 points. In Class 5, Lee’s Summit North boys finished first with 60 points while Lee’s Summit West captured first with 86 points.