The Boonville Lady Pirates JV track team made the most of its first Tri-County Conference track meet Monday at Osage.
With a total of eight conference champs, the Lady Pirates also finished second only to Eldon in the final-team standings 175.5-126.5.
Southern Boone placed third with 105 points, followed by Osage at 87, Hallsville at 54.5, California at 52.5 and Versailles at 49.
Boonville Lady Pirates track coach Melissa Baker said the JV conference meet was a great meet for the girls.
“It was fun to watch the girls get out and compete against other freshmen and sophomores in our conference,” Baker said. “I have said all season that we have a great group of young girls and it was evident when we placed second overall as a team in our JV conference meet.
“We had nine all-conference performances and four of those were conference champions. Jadzia Pacenza ran a great leg in the 4 X 800 and ran a PR in the 1600. Lillian Rohrbach ran a strong 400, shaving a second off her time. Olivia Eichelberger ran another PR in the 1600. Anna Thompson ran a solid 100 and 200 meter dash time. Brooke Eichelberger jumped a PR in the triple jump. Daylynn Baker ran well on both of her hurdle races and finished the 4 X 100m relay with a strong finish helping to capture second in that race. This is just a great group of girls and I am so excited to watch them progress and build a strong and competitive Lady Pirates Track and Field team.”
As for the first place finishes, freshman Olivia Eichelberger set a personal record in the 1600 meter run in a time of 6:21.86. Daylynn Baker also took first in both the 100 and 300 meter hurdles in times of 17.15 seconds and 51.17 seconds, respectively. Meanwhile, in the 4 x 800 meter relay and placing first in a time of 12:00.47 was the team of Molly Amos, Hope Mesik, Francesca Zecca and Jadzia Pacenza.
As for the Boonville Pirates JV track team, they also had four first place finishes in the meet.
In the final team standings for the boys, Osage captured first with 130 points. California finished second with 122 points, followed by Hallsville at 109, Southern Boone at 83, Boonville fifth at 77, Blair Oaks at 62, Eldon at 38 and Versailles at 20.
Boonville JV track coach Ryan Lyons said he couldn’t be more proud of the effort by the boys even more for their improvement this season.
“We only took six boys and still scored 77 points,” Lyons said. “Our relay teams (both 4x100 and 4x200) had never run together before and if it weren’t for one botched hand-off they would have won the 4 x 200 and taken fourth place overall; this small group of boys is loaded with talent and potential. Individually, we had several PR’s (person records) set on the day. That is the beauty of track and field…even if you don’t medal in your event, a PR makes you feel like a champion. I can’t wait to see what these young men accomplish in the next 2-3 years.”
Tyson Franklin was a conference champion in three events for Boonville.  Franklin won both the 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash in times of 11.22 seconds and 24.51 seconds, respectively, and ran a leg on the 4 x 100 meter relay team along with MarQuise Coleman, Fisher Jenkins and Jason Waller, which finished first in 49.10 seconds.
Jenkins also took first in the triple jump with a leap of 38’-1”, as did Coleman in the 800 meter run in a time of 2:31.39.
Boonville also had several second place finishes. For the boys, Waller took second in the high jump with a height of 5’-8”. For the Lady Pirates, Pacenza finished second and set a personal record in the 1600 meter run in 6:33.01. Amos took second in the 800 meter run with a season best time of 2:50. Meanwhile, in the 4 x 100 meter relay and placing second in a time of 55.90 seconds was the team of Lilly Rohrbach, Brooke Eichelberger, Reese Lavers and Daylynn Baker.
Third place finishers were Brooke Eichelberger in the triple jump with a personal record jump of 30’-5 3/4”, the girls 4 x 200 meter relay team of Katera Bonaparte, Layla Robinson, Payton Luscombe and Anna Thompson in 2:16, Jason Waller in the 300 hurdles in 53.42 seconds and Fisher Jenkins in the high jump at 5’-6”.
Finishing fourth were Brooke Eichelberger in both the high jump at 4’-0” and long jump at 13’-1”, Gracie Sadler in the javelin at 73’-1”, Anna Thompson in both the 100 and 200 meter dash with personal records in times of 13.84 seconds and 30.01 seconds, respectively, and Lillian Rohrbach in the 400 meter dash with a personal record time of 1:09.08.
Kaya Fenton took fifth in the shot with a throw of 25’-1”, as did Kaitlyn Divine in the 100 meter hurdles in 22.33 seconds.
Alyson Blank finished sixth in both the shot put and discus with throws of 23’-1” and 61’-4”, respectively, as did Francesca Zecca in the 800 in 3:20.27.
Eighth place finishers were Reese Lavers in the triple jump at 25’-6”, Madelyn Casey in the discus at 55’-8” and Gavin Gately in the 400 meter dash in 1:07.36. Gately also took 11th in the 100 in 13.59 seconds and 12th in the 200 in 28.87 seconds. Braylon Shawn finished 13th in the shot put with a toss of 24’-9”.