The 10th annual Boonville Cross-Country Invitational will go down as one of the coolest meets in its history.
Not only did this year’s meet surpass the number of teams entered at 16, the runners also competed in rather cool temperatures for one of the few times.
Boonville cross-country coach Melissa Baker said there is nothing better than running on your home course. “Our team went out and performed as well as they have so far this season,” Baker said. “There were six personal records: Emily Gibson, Daylynn Baker, Olivia Eichelberger, Rachel Massa, Anna Thompson and Hayden Allen. Cale Fox did not run a PR 5K, but he did run about 40 seconds faster than he did last year on our home course. All of our runners went out and attacked the course. They looked confident while running and it showed in their results. The girls team scored second overall, only missing first by five points.”
The day started with middle school girls race, followed by middle school boys, varsity girls and boys and JV boys and girls.
The varsity race was 3.1 miles while the middle school race was 1,500 meters.
In the varsity race, Samuel Wilhelm captured first in a time of 16:54. Shelby West of Salisbury won the girl’s race in 21:06.8.
Grandview boys won the team title with 27 points while California finished second with 89 in the boy’s division. In the girl’s division, Knob Noster took first with 40 points while Boonville finished a close second with 45 points.
For the Boonville girls, Emily Gibson placed third out of 44 girls in a time of 23:08.3. Only the top 15 medaled in the varsity race. Daylynn Baker finished ninth overall in a time of 23.29.6, followed by Olivia Eichelberger in 16th place in 24:44.7, Rachel Massa in 19th place in 25:24 and Anna Thompson in 43rd place in 34:59.
For the Boonville boys, who had only two runners, senior Cale Fox finished 10th in a time of 18:03 while Hayden Alley placed 71st overall in 23:40. Eight-six runners competed in the boy’s division.
New Franklin also had five runners compete in the varsity race. Tyler Perkins finished 18th overall in 19:26.3, followed by Asa Fischer in 42nd place in 20:46.5, Hayden Wiseman 45th in 21:02.3, Douglass Creason 50th in 21:19.1 and David Brucks 58th in 21:42.8.
New Franklin coach Madilynn Lyons said the Boonville Invitational course was a tough one. “I was very proud of the team for their exceptional effort and strength,” Lyons said. “They attacked the hills and finished strong at the end of the course. It was great to see multiple runners surprise themselves with new personal times for the season and others for their career as a whole.”
In the JV race for New Franklin, Mallori Burnett finished third out of 12 runners in a time of 25:53.4 while Logan Pierce placed 23rd out of 34 runners in 24:25.
Jaela Mitchell of Grandview had the top time for the girls in 24:46.4 while Luis Vazquez of Grandview turned in the winning time for the JV boys in 19:45.1.
Grandview boys JV won the team title with 15 points while Marshall finished second with 50 points.
For Prairie Home boys and girls cross-country teams, Savanna Tracy finished 12th overall in a time of 23:34. Clayton Pethan had the best time for the boys by finishing 44th overall in 20:56, followed by Allen Haslag in 53rd place in 21:28, Will Wright in 80th place in 25:43, Gabe Turner in 84th place in 28:48 and Preston Scheidt in 86th place in 34:34.
Prairie Home coach Marie Pope said Tracy is the first medal winner of the season. “Boonville is our toughest course of the year, and I’m incredibly proud of all of their performances,” Pope said. “We had exceptionally great weather for a meet that is normally very hot.”
In the middle school race, Noah Wallace of Knob Noster captured first for the boys in 10:01.1 while Kenzleigh Goans of California finished first for the girls in 10:33.3.
Thirty-nine boys and 23 girls took part in the middle school race.
For the LSE boys and girls cross-country teams, TaNaja Bledsoe finished 13th overall in 13:45 while Kadance Taylor placed 15th in 14:39. For the LSE boys, Will Schenck finished in 15th place in 11:09 while Ziaha Evans placed 25th in 12:07 and Jeremy Birk 38th in 14:33.
LSE coach Becky Eckerle said it’s always nice to run on your home course. “The runners continue to improve their times with every meet,” Eckerle said. “We are working on pacing and finishing strong.”