Disappointing in one respect and exciting in another is the best way to describe Saturday’s Class 3 Sectional 2 Track Meet at Montgomery County High School.
While qualifying in a total of 11 events for the sectional meet, the Pirates and Lady Pirates will each have one moving on to state after the girls 4 x 100 meter relay team of Reese Lavers, Sophi Waibel, Arie Perry and Jodie Bass finished third in a time of 52.36 seconds and Logan Pfeiffer fourth in the 1600 meter run in 4:56.88.
The 4 x 100 meter relay team will run in the preliminaries on Friday at 1:50 p.m. and then if they make the finals will compete Saturday at 1:10 p.m. As for Pfeiffer, the senior standout will compete in the finals on Friday at 1:15 p.m.
In the final team standings for the boys, Boonville finished 11th out of 23 teams with 24 points while Trinity Catholic captured first with 149 points. As for the girls, Trinity Catholic ran away with the title with 169 points while Boonville placed 17th overall with 11 points.
Boonville Lady Pirates track coach Melissa Baker said she was extremely happy in their performances today. “To make it to state is a dream every track season,” Baker said. “We set our goals at the beginning of the season to try to get to the state track meet and we’re doing it. This is a really had sectional and only the best of the best get out and to make it in the top four is good.”
No other team was dealt with a bigger blow going into sectionals than the 4 x 100 meter relay team, which lost one of its members earlier in the week after having surgery for appendicitis. But with Daylynn Baker out in both the 4 x 100 and 300 meter hurdles, Baker said junior Reese Lavers stepped up and did a tremendous job in the relay.
“I can’t say enough about Reese for stepping up and filling that role because that was a big role to fill,” Baker said. “This week the girls stayed positive whenever they hit adversity and they worked on their hand offs and we changed the order up and I think the girls really reacted well to the new order and they made it happen. I talked to Jodie (Bass) about finishing hard and that’s what she did. The No. 1 goal is just to make it there but once you get there you want to get in the top eight. If we can make it to Saturday that’s what we are going for because we don’t care, we just want to get in the top eight.”
Of course nobody was going to catch Trinity Catholic, who finished first in the 4 x 100 in a time of 49.26 seconds.
Trinity Catholic also dominated in the 4 x 200 meter relay by placing first in a time of 1:49.51. Boonville’s team of Anna Thompson, Sophi Waibel, Arie Perry and Jodie Bass finished eighth overall in a time of 1:56.45.
Baker said she knew it was going to be tough for the girls in the 4 x 200. “Anna Thompson filled in for Daylynn and I thought she ran a good leg,” Baker said. “However the 4 x 200 is a tough race but I thought the girls did good just to make it to sectionals, which is an accomplishment.”
Bass also competed in the 100 meter dash and finished fifth overall with a personal record time of 12.77 seconds. Madison Fuller of John Burroughs won the race in a time of 11.71 seconds.
“I thought Jodie had a really good start,” Baker said. “The competition is solid and to go in ranked fifth and finish fifth I think was a good day for and a good season as well in the 100.”
As for the Boonville boys track team, head coach Steve Smith said overall it was a disappointing day. “We looked a little lethargic when we should have been excited,” Smith said. “To me you can get out of districts with athleticism but to get out of sectionals you have to be all in and I don’t know maybe we weren’t all in and maybe we were but we weren’t good enough.”
Pfeiffer was more than good enough in the 1600 meter run. While inching his way in last week at districts, Pfeiffer was bound and determined to stay with the group on the first three laps in the mile. Meanwhile, on the final lap, Pfeiffer remained with the lead group and wound up getting the final spot to move on to state.
Smith said Pfeiffer is one of those kids that has been in all year and worked his butt off. “When you do that good things are going to happy and Logan stuck with it and did what he had to do last week and this week,” Smith said. “I am so proud of him because now he gets an opportunity to run at the state meet, which is a really special thing.”
Carson Sanders of Orchard Farm captured first in the 1600 in a time of 4:49.82.
Junior Tramell Coleman also had a great chance to move on in three events but wound up placing fifth in the long jump, 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash. Coleman finished the long jump with a leap of 21’-3 1/4”, which was slightly behind the first place finisher in Peyton Davis of Centralia at 22’-6 1/2”. Meanwhile, in the 100 and 200 meter dash, Coleman finished in times of 11.10 seconds and 22.96 seconds, respectively. Kemeric Winston of Trinity Catholic captured first in both events in times of 10.69 seconds and 21.64 seconds.
Smith said Coleman had been jumping right at 21’-0” all season and he did that on Saturday. Meanwhile, in the 200 meter dash, Smith said he thought Tramell was in good shape but he didn’t quite finish it. “From where I was standing it looked like a couple of guys got Tramell right at the wire,” Smith said.
Senior Brandon Johnson also failed to qualify in both the shot put and discus. Despite setting a personal record in the shot put with a toss of 45’-7 3/4” for fifth place, Johnson was well behind Paden Lewis of North Callaway with a throw of 54’ 6 1/2”. Meanwhile, in the discus, Johnson finished sixth overall with a throw of 133’-9”. Arcullous Heard of Lutheran St. Charles captured first in the discus with a toss of 153’-6”.
“Brandon just wasn’t at the top of his game,” Smith said. “In the discus he hasn’t thrown those distances for a long time. Meanwhile, in the shot, he had a personal record but just came up a little short there.”
Senior Raymond Sosa fouled in the triple jump to end his season.