Boone Central cross country competitors turned in some sterling performances in a very tough district meet Friday at the Albion Country Club to keep alive several impressive streaks for the Cardinal program.
The Cardinals qualified runners for state competition for the 37th consecutive year in the C-2 District and Friday’s state meet at Kearney will mark the 30th time in the past 33 years that at least one full Albion/Boone Central team will compete.
The Boone Central girls, featuring three first-year runners, placed second in the C-2 meet behind Scotus to qualify for the 2010 state meet. In boys competition, the Cardinals finished fourth, but sophomore Calvin Koziol and senior Jacob Lindgren medaled and qualified for state.
“This was one of the most competitive district meets I’ve ever been a part of!” exclaimed Boone Central Coach Tom Dickey. “The great thing was just how well some of our kids reacted to the pressure.”
Cassidy Pribnow led Boone Central with a 5th-place performance, setting a school sophomore class record of 16:44. Junior Jaime Kennedy, competing in cross country for the first time in 2010, placed 7th with the #2 all-time junior mark of 17:09. Fellow first-time runner Bobbi Beckwith was 19th in 18:14 and Lindgren 27th with her personal record 18:58. Freshman Ann Rozeboom rounded out the team score, finishing 38th with a personal-best 20:21 and Erin Grundmayer was 41st with a 20:44 clocking, a personal best by 1:08. On the boys side, Koziol also turned in an outstanding effort, placing 11th with a personal-best 16:37, the #5 all-time sophomore school mark. Lindgren squeezed into the medals with a personal-best 16:48, good for 13th place.
Junior Brody Kelley, who has battled a balky back for much of the campaign, finished on the side of heartbreak, just three positions out of the medals and state berths (18th, 17:08). Alec Wynn was 31st in 18:02, Luke Schmitz 34th in a personal-best 18:13 and Trevor Salber 43rd with a personal-best 18:51.
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