Despite a cold, blustery day at Skyview Lake Park in Norfolk, Boone Central/Cedar Rapids cross country runners turned in superlative performances in the C-2 District meet Thursday, Oct. 15.
With personal records from virtually every competitor, the Cardinals finished with a pair of individual bronze medalists and qualified seven runners for Friday’s Nebraska State Cross Country Championships at Kearney.
Senior Kevin Carder placed third in boys competition and paced Boone Central to a third-place team finish which qualified them for the state meet. Freshman Cassidy Pribnow will join them in Kearney after also placing third in Thursday’s girls race.
“The district meet went as well as we could have hoped,” commented Cardinal Coach Tom Dickey. “During a week when it seemed everyone on the team was hit with some type of bug, we maintained focus and did what needed to be done.
“Cassidy ran an excellent race – she’s really figuring out how to run against some of these really good girls,” Dickey praised. “Each of the last three weeks she’s learned more and now expects more from herself.
“Kevin ran his typical race, very fast and competitive. Brody Kelley and Calvin Koziol did a great job in the final 400 meters, picking off four important runners. Bryce Schilousky ran steadily and improved his time on this course markably. Jacob Lindgren made sure no extra Scotus runners got in front of him and Cody Mangus ran over a minute faster than he had here earlier in September.” Thursday’s district performance continues a long, proud cross country tradition for Albion/Boone Central. This will be the 22nd time since 1974 that a Cardinal boys team has qualified for the state championships and the 35th consecutive year that the school will have a representative at state.
“I think the kids will do well at the state meet – they really have nothing to lose,” Dickey said. “There will be plenty of good teams and runners, but we’ve been running against the best all season, so it will be nothing new.”
Complete Results & Details in Print Edition of Albion News.