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Area Track, Field Season Opens With Mansfield Invite

Cards’ Bygland Edges Bluejay WallinSamuels Bolts To VictoryIf you’re going to compete in early-season track & field meets in Nebraska, you better be tough!
That certainly proved to be the case Saturday, as athletes, coaches and fans braved chilly temperatures and howling winds at the 2008 Mansfield Invitational in Albion.
No team scores are kept in this meet for area schools, but a number of individuals had terrific days despite the inclement weather conditions.
St. Edward sprinter Shavontae Samuels was the only multi-event winner in the boys division, but four girls reaped multiple gold, including three victories by Boone Central soph Savannah Baker.
Cardinal coaches were pleased with the efforts of their athletes.
“We were very proud of the kids – the weather conditions were far from ideal, but they pushed on,” praised BC Girls Coach Kris Pestel. “We competed well and had some very good performances.

Baker had a sterling day for the Cardinals, sweeping the 100 meter dash (13.1) and 200 meter dash (28.3) and adding a third gold medal in the long jump (14-6½).
Two more Boone Central competitors – Emily Wells and Ashlynn Bader – were double-winners. Wells took top honors in the shot put (34-1½) and discus (116-8) and Bader captured the 1600 meter run (6:13.7) and 3200 meter run (13:23.4).
Holy Family’s Natalie Korus also corraled double gold, winning the 400 meter dash (1:07.1) and 800 meter run (2:43.3). Lindsay teams also swept victories in the three girls relay events.
Samuels posted his second consecutive three-gold meet, duplicating his sprint sweep at the Cedar Rapids Invitational with victories in the 100 dash (11.0), 200 dash (23.3) and 400 dash (53.6) Saturday.
Holy Family brothers Lucas and Kevin Weeder waged spirited battles in the distance events – Lucas winning the 1600 (4:54.5) and Kevin the 3200 (10:51.8).

Complete Details in Print Edition of the Albion News