Boone Central runners provided highlights from both ends of the spectrum Friday at the 2009 Nebraska Cross Country Championships at the Kearney Country Club.
Cardinal senior Kevin Carder concluded a stellar career by placing fourth in a very difficult Class C boys field while BC freshman Cassidy Pribnow capped a tremendous debut season with a 12th place run in the girls race.
The Boone Central boys team finished a solid seventh in the team standings. The Cards bid farewell to varsity stalwarts Carder and Bryce Schilousky following Friday’s competition, but are left encouraged by the performances of younger runners such as sophomore Brody Kelley and freshman Calvin Koziol.
“The state meet went about as well as we could have hoped,” acknowledged veteran Boone Central mentor Tom Dickey. “Kevin would have placed in the Class A top ten, so we know just how fast they were going! He’s only been beaten by six runners this year. Unfortunately, three were in this race. Two others were in the Class B top five and the sixth was Class D runner-up.
“Kevin has had an exceptional high school career! I can honestly say that, in the past three years, I have never seen him run a sub-par race.”
“Cassidy was a bit disappointed when she first finished,” Dickey noted. “She had beaten several of the girls in front of her, but this was her first major race and I think she handled herself quite well.
“Cassidy learned a lot about how to manage a big race and that will show it’s benefits next year at this time!”
Carder’s final race was one of his most impressive, as he posted the second-best time over the Kearney Country Club state course in school history (16:43). Pribnow’s time in the Class C girls race was 16:39.
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