BOONVILLE — For the first time in four years, Chillicothe High School’s girls’ and boys’ track-and-field teams on Friday swept the team championships in a meet involving more than four schools.
The Lady Hornets used top-end quality to win a whopping 11 of the 18 events in the Boonville Invitational and rack up 1591⁄3 team points, 52 more than runnerup Odesa. The Hornets, meanwhile, won a solid, but less-overwhelming, four events, but coupled three 1-2 finishes with eight other top-3 performances to collect a comparable 152 team markers. That left the CHS boys 271⁄2 points ahead of second-place California.
The last time both CHS teams had captured a “large” meet’s first-place trophies came at the Mineral?Water Classic in Excelsior Springs in April 2008.
“We performed very well,” commented boys’ head coach?Bill?Shaffer. “The weather didn't produce the best times or performances, but it was a very good meet for us.”
“The girls did really well,”?Lady?Hornets head coach?Karen Jackson echoed. “…I was very pleased with everybody’s performance.”
The Chillicothe squads are back at it tomorrow, competing at Cameron at 3 p.m. Geographically, it’s their closest remaining outing of the 2012 season. They’ll then be at Excelsior Springs for the Mineral?Water Classic Friday.
The Lady Hornets swept all four relays for the second time in their last three outings, even though its lineups for those races were changed some, and got “doubles” (two first-place finishes) from a sophomore and a freshman. The 800 relay unit of junior Madison Williams and sophomores Erin?Gilliland,?Mackenzie Barnett, and Jordyn?Circo broke the meet record with a time of 1:51.74.
Star hurdler Gilliland took both of those races – the 100-meters high hurdles in 16.46 and the 300 lows in 48.79, while ninth grader Ali Stephens claimed the 800-meters run in 2:35.37 after winning the 1,600 in 5:39.81.