Facing tough competition and difficult conditions, Boone Central’s track & field athletes continued to improve times and marks in the Grand Island Northwest Invitational Thursday, April 23.
Temperatures edging into the 90s and winds gusting over 30 miles-per-hour made Thursday’s meet a challenge for some of Central Nebraska’s best Class B and C athletes.
Cardinal Coach Kris Pestel was pleased with the way her charges responded.
“The weather took a turn and went almost too far to the warm side,” Pestel noted. “Along with battling stiff competition, the high temperatures made things a little difficult for the kids.
“However, the whole idea of track & field is to improve and they continue to up their performances at every meet. The work ethic in all the kids, in all disciplines, is showing.”
The Boone Central girls notched three event victories at Northwest while placing fifth in the difficult field – just five points out of third.
“The highlight in the field events was certainly the long jump where Savannah Baker won, Kayla Kettelson placed third and Jaime Kennedy placed fifth, all with season bests.” Pestel praised. “On the track, our 4×400 relay team won with a season best time and the 4×100 team also ran a season best and took third.
“Bobbi Beckwith had another great day, winning the 400 meter dash, placing second in the 100 and anchoring the relays.”
The Lady Cards’ best scoring event was the long jump. Baker popped a 15-9½ winning effort, Kettelson leaped 14-10½ for third and Kennedy went 14-8½ for fifth.
Beckwith romped away from the field in the 400, winning by more than two seconds in a time of 1:01.0. She was nipped at the tape in the 100 (13.0) and led the 4×400 team of Kennedy, Baker and Megan Bygland to first in 4:20.4. That foursome clocked 52.6 in the 4×100.
Halie Smith gave a great effort in the 3200 meter run, improving her season best time by 15 seconds in a second-place effort (12:55.5). Bygland placed fourth in the 100 meter high hurdles in 17.2, Breann Thorberg took fifth in the 200 dash with a season best 27.7 and Chancee Nolan was sixth in the 400 in 1:06.2.
The Boone Central boys finished just eighth in team standings, but produced a number of season best efforts, as well.
Kevin Carder scored in two events for the Cardinals, placing third in the 3200 meter run (10:43.6) and fifth in the 1600 (4:56.9). Kalvin Zoucha also placed twice, taking fifth in the discus (138-0) and sixth in the 100 meter dash (11.9).
Boone Central’s fifth-place 4×400 relay team of Nathan Olson, Keenan Howell, Kalvin Zoucha and Kevin Krohn took another five seconds off its area-best time (3:40.5), just one week after improving by 17 seconds. The 4×100 squad of Dustin Christo, Krohn, Olson and Zoucha also took fifth with a season best 46.1 clocking.
Other Cardinals setting season bests Thursday, but not placing in events, were: Emily Wells (34-10 shot put), Maria Glidden (89-11 discus), Keenan Howell (11-8 pole vault), Jerad McLean (11-2) pole vault), Kevin Krohn (43.5 300 meter hurdles), Nathan Olson (17.7 100 hurdles, 44.5 300 hurdles), Dustin Green (48.9 300 hurdles).
Boone Central will next be in action Saturday at the Mid-State Conference meet in Hartington (10 am).
Complete Results in Print Edition of Albion News.