The challenges continue to get more difficult.
And Boone Central track & field athletes continue to rise to the occasion.
The Cardinals competed in the Grand Island Northwest Invitational Friday, April 22 – a meet that annually features some of the strongest fields of teams and individuals in central Nebraska.
The Boone Central girls finished an impressive second, just five points behind the host school. The Lady Cardinals recorded 11 season-best efforts in the meet and the BC boys had 23 season-bests while placing sixth in the team standings.
Senior Bobbi Beckwith (400 meter dash) and junior Jaime Kennedy (long jump) won individual events in the girls competition and joined junior Breann Thorberg and freshman Brooke Anderson for a victory in the 4×100 meter relay. Junior Parker Struebing was victorious in the boys triple jump.
Coach Pestel Pleased
Boone Central Coach Kris Pestel had words of praise for her athletes following a grueling week that also included the previously-postponed Central City Invite.
“This was a tough week on the kids, having two very competitive meets in the space of four days. We definitely have some tired athletes, but they responded to the challenge quite well,” she said. “We were able to record 33 season-bests and 28 career-bests (in the two meets). The competition at Northwest was some of the best in the state, so we were pushed to the limit in almost every event.
“The teams were able to win four events. The kids are continuing to improve every meet, which says a great deal about their work ethic.
“We have three meets again this week where the kids will be pushed (Central Nebraska Track Championships, Pierce 9th/10th Invite, Mid-State Conference Championships). Hopefully our marks will continue to improve!”
Boone Central scored 84 points in the girls division at GINW, finishing second to the Vikings (89). Adams Central (79), Holdrege (77) and Aurora (74) were close behind in a tight team race.
Kennedy paced the Cardinal effort with a stellar day, winning the long jump with a leap of 15-9¼, running a leg on the winning 4×100 relay (52.7) and placing second in the 100 (12.9) and 200 (26.2) meter dashes behind Adams Central standout Abby Niederklein.
Beckwith took victory in the 400 with a 1:03.0 clocking and anchored the 4×100 triumph. Senior Sara Wells had another strong day in the weight events, finishing runner-up to Cozad’s Carly Henry in the shot put (39-3½) and discus (132-3). Sophomore Cassidy Pribnow added a third-place effort in the 3200 meter run in 12:39.5 and Thorberg ran third in the 200 dash with a 27.3 clocking.
A powerful Aurora squad won the boys competition with 122 points. Northwest (106) edged Adams Central (102) for second. The Cardinals had nine placing efforts, led by Struebing’s triple jump win (41-7½), and scored 30 points.
Boone Central’s 4×800 relay team of senior Jacob Lindgren, juniors Brody Kelley and Tony Krohn and sophomore Calvin Koziol placed third with a season-best time of 8:46.8. The 4×100 squad of Struebing, junior Zach Wurdeman, sophomore Blake Slizoski and freshman Nick Paulson took fourth with a 46.2 effort.
Four Cardinals – junior Cole Luettel (5-6, high jump), Slizoski (23.2, 200), Krohn (2:07.7, 800) and Kelley (10:44.5, 3200) – recorded fifth-place finishes.
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