The Boone Central track & field teams stepped up a notch in competition at Monday’s previously-postponed Central City Invitational and Cardinal coaches were pleased with the efforts and results by their athletes.
In less than optimal weather conditions, three Lady Cardinals – seniors Sara Wells and Bobbi Beckwith and junior Jaime Kennedy – won two events each to pace BC to a second-place team finish. On the boys side, junior Brody Kelley brought home gold and the Cards finished third.
The Boone Central girls actually won nine events on the day, but did not have the team depth to overtake G.I. Northwest. The Vikings won the team title with 126 points, BC following with 97.
The powerhouse Aurora boys team ran away with the meet championship, amassing 152 points to runner-up Northwest’s 83. Boone Central compiled 53.
All in all, a competitive and productive day for the Cardinals.
“Mother nature wasn’t very giving today! The forty-degree temps and wind made things a little frigid, but the kids came out and competed really well against some really good teams,” commented Boone Central Coach Kris Pestel. “We had several personal-best performances and we’re starting to get some extremely respectable marks.
“We must continue to push on. We’re getting down to crunch time, with conference only one week away and districts in the near future.”
Wells got the BC girls rolling Monday with a double-gold performance in the weight events. The senior uncorked a winning mark of 140-0 in the discus and took the shot put with a heave of 36-9½. Kennedy won the long jump with a 16-5½ effort, then came back to take the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.6. Beckwith scored a sprint double, winning the 200 dash in 27.7 and the 400 dash in 1:04.6.
Also claiming gold medals in girls competition were sophomore Cassidy Pribnow in the 3200 meter run (13:24.5), freshman Jade Gottier in the 300 meter low hurdles (52.5) and the 4×100 meter relay team (52.6).
Although the Cardinal boys had a number of strong performances, only Kelley scored an event victory. After winning the 1600 in his last meet, the junior strider took the 3200 meter run Monday in a time of 10:57.5.
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