The G.I. Independent’s Central Nebraska Track & Field Championships are a highly-anticipated event each spring, as many mid-state athletes, regardless of class, meet in a true ‘invitational’ that provides a preview of favorites for fast-approaching district and state competitions.
Despite cold, windy weather conditions, the 2010 CNTC event at Grand Island again lived up to billing and invited Boone Central athletes did an outstanding job representing the Cardinal program.
“This is a prestigious event, which we consider a mini state meet,” commented Boone Central Coach Kris Pestel. “This is an invitation only meet, with the top 16 performers in each event from the Grand Island area, regardless of class, invited to participate.
“The weather was not ideal with cold, gusty winds and occasional moisture, so this day wasn’t so much about running a personal best, but instead having the intestinal fortitude to beat the person next to you.
“I can’t speak highly enough about the competitiveness and the willingness to leave everything on the track by our 14 athletes who participated in the Central Nebraska Championships,” Pestel praised. “The wind made every event difficult, but our kids fought through with everything they had.
“In this meet, medals are only given to the top three in each event and we were able to come home with five medal-winners in four events.
“The kids represented our school district and communities very well!”
Sara Wells was Boone Central’s highest placer, leading a 2-3 finish in the girls shot put with a throw of 37’8½. Teammate Kattie Cleveland was right behind Wells with a mark of 37’8. Wells also added a fourth-place finish in the discus with a toss of 120’7.
Boone Central’s other individual medal winner was Kevin Carder with a third-place effort in the boys 3200 meter run (10:35.52).
Lady Cardinal relay teams had a strong day, reaping medals with runner-up performances in the 4-x-100 and 4-x-400 events. The team of Jaime Kennedy, Savannah Baker, Breann Thorberg and Bobbi Beckwith posted a time of 52.7 in the 400 relay and a 4:27.54 mark in the 1600.
Bobbi Beckwith and Megan Bygland each finished in the top eight of two individual events as well. Beckwith was fifth in the 100 meter dash (13.16) and sixth in the 200 dash (27.31). Bygland took fifth in the 100 meter high hurdles (16.93) and seventh in the 300 lows (51.25). Kennedy finished seventh in the 100 (13.24).
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