The Boone Central track & field teams faced their toughest competition of the 2010 season to date Friday in the Central City Invitational (held at Jerry Yowell Field in York due to track renovations taking place in Central City).
The Lady Cardinals placed fourth in the team standings with 88 points and the BC boys finished fifth with 43. Fillmore Central won the girls title with 108 points, while Aurora ran away with the boys team championship with a 214 total.
“This was an extremely competitive meet,” commented Boone Central Coach Kris Pestel. “Many of the athletes we saw here, and will see Thursday at G.I. Northwest, will be participating in the state meet, so this was a great test for our athletes.
“We have several competitors who are currently struggling with injuries, but still put forth their best efforts. Our older, more experienced athletes showed great leadership, therefore several freshmen and sophomores had some great performances.
“It is still early in the season, so we have time to better our times and distances,” Pestel noted. “The teams continued to improve. The girls had 22 season bests and the boys had 19.
“Thursday will be another tough meet, but I believe our athletes are ready for the challenge.”
Junior Bobbi Beckwith stepped up to the challenge again Friday, leading the Boone Central girls effort with one of two individual gold medals won by the Lady Cards and three placing performances overall.
Beckwith defeated teammate Breann Thorberg to win the 200 meter dash in a time of 27.2. Running the 400 meter dash for the first time in 2010 competition, Beckwith placed second in 1:03.0 and she also helped the Cards’ 4-x-400 relay take third with a season-best 4:20.7 clocking.
Boone Central’s other gold medalist in the girls division was senior Megan Bygland with a season-best time of 49.0 in the 300 meter low hurdles. Bygland also placed third in the 100 highs, running a season-best 16.7.
In boys competition, Kevin Carder was Boone Central’s lone event winner, taking the 3200 meter run in impressive fashion with a season-best 10:27.7. Carder also placed third in the 1600 in a 2010 best 4:52.9.
The 4-x-800 relay team of Jacob Lindgren, Wade Reigle, Trey Sorell and Tony Krohn clocked a season-best 9:23.0 and placed third. Nathan Olson took fourth in the 300 intermediate hurdles, running a season-best 43.0.
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