Boonville sophomore Bre’Zahe Coleman knew she had qualified in the 100-meter dash for sectionals Saturday at the Class 3 District 4 Track Meet in Centralia.
She just didn’t know if she had won the district championship or was edged out by Centralia’s Lynsie Curtis in a photo finish.
As it turned out, Coleman was declared the winner in a time of 13.0 seconds while Curtis finished second at 13.01 seconds.
Sophomore Zoe Coffelt was the only other sectional qualifier for Boonville by placing second and breaking her own school record in the javelin with a toss of 115’-1”.
Despite getting only two through sectionals, head coach Melissa Baker said the girls had a great day at districts. “Bre and Zoe took their next step forward by placing in the top four in districts and moving onto sectionals,” Baker said. “This is a goal we talked about starting the first day of track practice. Bre went out and competed. She ran a great race and is the district champion and that is something to be proud of. We will work hard on technical things this week. Our competition at sectionals will be tough, though. But for two sophomores to be moving on is a great accomplishment.”
As for the Boonville boys track team, they will have four moving on to sectionals after picking up two third place finishes and one fourth place.
Only the top four in each event advanced on to sectionals.
Of course freshman Tramell Coleman will compete in two events for Boonville after placing third in the long jump with a leap of 19’-10 1/2” and fourth in the 200-meter dash in a time of 24.43 seconds.
Boonville Pirates track coach Steve Smith said Coleman qualified for sectionals in the 200 by two hundredths of a second.
“Tramell had a great day,” Smith said. “He just ran out of gas. He competed in the 100 and 200-meter dash so he had the prelims, plus the finals in those events and then he had all of his jumps in both the long and triple. Honestly, I was tickled pink that we got as many through as we did. I really through one or two would get in but the kids competed and we had some pleasant surprises considering we don’t have our jumping or throwing facilities anymore.”
Also placing third and moving on for the Pirates were Jacob Bailey in the discus with a toss of 129’-2” and Austin Wray in the 400-meter dash in a time of 52.69 seconds.
Smith said Bailey’s throw in the discus was a personal record for him. “Jacob just keeps getting better and better in the ring,” Smity said. “As for Wray, I thought he ran real hard considering he has battled a should injury for most of the season. He showed a lot of heart on Saturday.”
Tramell Coleman also finished sixth in both the triple jump with a leap of 38’-9 1/4” and 100-meter dash in 12.01 seconds, as did the 4 x 800-meter relay team of Tayshaun Bledsoe, Skyler Blumhorst, Nick Ferrari and Austin Wray in a time of 9:11.01. The same group also placed ninth in the 4 x 400-meter relay in 3:57.31. Meanwhile, in 10th place was Brandon Johnson in both the discus at 113’-1” and shot put at 38’-10” and Bledsoe in the 800 in 2:17.70.
Other place finishers for the Boonville girls had Bre’Zahe Coleman finishing sixth in the 200 in 28:31 seconds.
Eighth place finishers for the Lady Pirates was the 4 x 100-meter relay team of Coffelt, Coleman, Jalyn Schnetzler and Lily Terrell in 55.37 seconds, the 4 x 200-meter relay team of Reece Lavers, Schnetzler, Terrell and Coleman in 1:56.70 and the 4 x 400-meter relay team of Lavers, Kali Corbitt, Amelia Widel and Annabel Carter in 4:48.39.
Terrell also finished ninth in the pole vault with a vault of 8’-6”.
Finishing 10th were Emily Painter in the pole vault at 8’-0”, Corbitt in the 800 in 2:51.12 and Schnetzler in the 400-meter dash in 1:08.88.
Kia Moore took 11th in the 1600-meter run in 6:45.51. Kennedy Walker finished 12th in the discus with a throw of 77’-8”, as did Annabel Carter in the 300 hurdles in 55.60 seconds. Martha Waller placed 15th in the shot at 27’-7 1/2”, as did Carter in the 100 hurdles in 21.86 seconds. Meanwhile, in 20th place in the discus with a toss of 58’-9” was Waller.
In the final-team standings, the Centralia boys captured first with 156 points while Father Tolton took first for the girls with 138 points.
The Boonville boys and girls track teams both finished 11th with 31 and 24 points, respectively.