Boonville junior Cale Fox appeared to be in mid-season form Tuesday during the annual Salisbury Cross-Country Invitational by finishing fifth out of 78 runners in a time of 12 minute, 59.19 seconds.
As a team, the Boonville boys cross-country team placed second overall behind California 51-73. Father Tolton finished third one point back with 74 points, followed by Glasgow at 127, Salisbury at 145, Southern Boone at 147, New Franklin at 158, Hallsville at 184 and Braymer at 209.
Boonville cross-country coach Melissa Baker said Salisbury was a great course to start the season out on.
“It was only 3500 meters and we ran on the golf course,” Baker said. “It was an extremely hot day and they pushed the meet back an hour, which helped. Since this was the first time I've seen these boys compete in a cross-country race I was thrilled with our overall results. Cale, Logan, Luke and Charlie all brought home a medal for their individual race. These boys went out and competed. They ran a smart race and were still able to finish strong at the end. We will continue to train hard each day and get the mileage and speed work in that will help get our times to where we want them to be. I was pleased with all their times on this course that was a little over two miles.”
Jesse Weinstein of Salisbury won the meet in a time of 12:13.8.
As for the remaining runners for Boonville, Logan Pfeiffer placed 10th overall in a time of 13:06, followed by Luke Green in 14th place in 13:16, Charlie Pumel in 18th place in 13:30, Lance Marshall in 30th place in 14:27, Hayden Potter in 33rd place in 14:42 and Adam Schneringer in 53rd place in 15:52.
As for the Boonville girls, Jalyn Schnetzler finished 20th out of 37 runners in a time of 18:50 while Grace Sadler placed 36th overall in 25:09.
Kjirsten Guliford of Salisbury had the winning time in the girls race in 15:11.46.
Baker said Schnetzler played in the top 20 and received a medal.
“We will continue to work on getting stronger and shaving that time down race by race,” Baker said. “It was a good place to start for both of the girls though.”
In the team standings for the girls, Father Tolton won the meet with 28 points while Salisbury finished second with 47 and Glasgow third with 50.
Sam Ridgeway turned in the top time for the Bulldogs by finishing in 22nd place in 13:58.96 during the Salisbury Cross-Country Invitational on Tuesday.
Tyler Perkins placed 24th overall in 14:05.95, followed by Hayden Wiseman in 34th place in 14:44.62, Asa Fischer in 38th place in 14:48.23, Douglass Creason in 58th place in 16:28.29 and Logan Pierce in 70th place in 19:08.72.
New Franklin coach Adam Quest said the heat was definitely a factor at the Salisbury 3500.
“They actually ended up moving the start time back an hour to hopefully get some cooler conditions,” Quest said. “This race was different in that it was only 3500m in length. With the heat, the shorter length was definitely welcome.  There were several of other class 1 schools in attendance, so it was nice to compete against some of our closest rivals. In the end, I was pleased with how well our boys were able overcome the heat and perform at a high level.  We have a very competitive group of boys, and they often go back and forth in their placing. That was definitely on display yesterday. They were all really closely spaced, and the order of finish was completely different than previous meets. I think that competitiveness will help them improve in the long run. This time it was Sam Ridgeway who came out on top for us, followed closely behind by Tyler Perkins."
Prairie Home’s Allen Haslag finished 44th out of 78 runners in a time of 15:16 during the Salisbury CC Invitational on Tuesday.
Prairie Home coach Marie Pope said Haslag bettered his time in the same meet by one minute and 45 seconds. “I am really excited to see how his season progresses,” Pope said.