The Boonville boys and girls cross-country teams competed in its most competitive race of the season over the weekend while running against a field of over 280 runners in the Fulton Invitational.
With 157 male runners and 123 female runners in the varsity race alone, head coach Melissa Baker said there was also over 20 teams taking part in the meet.
“Fulton was the most competitive meet we have raced at this season,” Baker said. “The boys didn’t finish where they wanted to, but their competitiveness will continue to drive them in practice and meets to come. As for the girls, I was proud of them for working hard, especially under the circumstances. It was a hot day, and all of our girls are dual-sport athletes. For them to represent the Boonville Pirates on the cross-country course is great for our program, as well as making them stronger athletes.”
Jack Crull of Helias had the top overall time in the meet in 16:49.32 while Alexis Fischer of Fatima turned the fastest time for the girls in 20:24.46.
The Fatima boys and girls also won the team title with 69 and 43 points, respectively. Helias finished second in the team standings for the boys with 97 points, followed by Battle with 122, Jeff City with 129 and Owensville with 186. For the girls behind Fatima, Owensville finished second with 89, followed by Helias at 99, St. Charles at 111 and Jeff City at 146.
The Boonville boys cross-country team finished 14th overall with 374 points.
As for the top runners for Boonville, Logan Pfeiffer finished 51st overall in 19:39.08 while Cale Fox placed 53rd in 19:49.27, Charlie Pumel 87th in 20:53.77, Luke Green 102nd in 21:30.75, Lance Marshall 111th in 22:05.90, Hayden Potter 127th in 22:55.16, Brayden McFarland 130th in 22:59.55 and Adam Schneringer 139th in 23:54.05.
Baker said Pfeiffer and Fox work well together on pushing each other. “They both ran a strong race, and we will keep working on speed work for all of our boys,” Baker said.
For the Boonville girls, sophomore Daylynn Baker finished 79th overall in 26:59.43 while Rachel Massa placed 111th overall in 29:37.56, Molly Amos 112th in 29:45.69 and Payton Luscombe 123rd in 44:37.10.