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TIME OUT by Joe Flanagan

Time For Track/Field Peak

Where  have all the hot days gone?
You know the ones I’m talking about – those sweltering afternoons that pop up during the spring track/field and golf seasons, blooming bright sunburns for competitors and patrons alike.
As you’re well aware, we haven’t seen any of those days this spring. It’s been a steady diet of cold, rainy conditions that has tested even the heartiest athletes and fans.

Athletes Fighting Through Adversity

However, even with the dreary weather plaguing meet after meet, area track & field competitors have persevered and are beginning to thrive. Although Mother Nature has not cooperated with a seasonal warming trend, performances are heating up on the track scene.
Just in time too.
The season has sped past its midpoint already and the crucial stretch run is at hand, with conference and district meets in the weeks ahead, all pointing to the state championships in Omaha.

Cardinals Aim To Continue Mid-State Success

Saturday is a big day for Boone Central, as the Lady Cardinals shoot for their third consecutive Mid-State Conference track & field championship. Last year’s repeat title set a precedent and a third straight crown would etch the names of these competitors deep into the school history books.
It is certainly a feasible aspiration for the BC girls, who return several of the leaders from the 2010 champions. Senior Bobbi Beckwith is the reigning conference 200 and 400 meter champ and is also one of three runners returning from the ‘10 4×100 relay team that won conference gold. Junior Jaime Kennedy sprinted to the Mid-State 100 dash championship a year ago, was runner-up to Beckwith in the 200 and also had a leg in the 4×100. Junior Breann Thorberg was part of the relay title team and placed second to Beckwith in the 400. Senior Sara Wells is back to defend her discus gold and the Beckwith/Kennedy/Thorberg trio added silver in the 4×400 last spring.
That’s a lot of potential points. The Cardinals will need complimentary scoring, as well, and certainly have the capability, especially in the weight and distance events and the long jump.
The weatherman is currently predicting temps in the upper 50s for the meet, to be held at Pierce High School this year. Let’s hope for clear skies and no rain to dampen the Cardinals’ historic quest.

Holy Family Girls Gear Up For Challenge

Lindsay Holy Family’s Lady Bulldogs have even bigger fish to fry over the next three weeks. Holy Family is gearing up for the final push to a possible Class D championship three-peat at the state track & field meet May 20-21.
While nothing is ever a foregone conclusion in athletics, you have to like Holy Family’s chances.
The Bulldogs are led once again by junior standout Andrea Weeder, who will seek her third consecutive Class D gold medals in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs this year. It is far from a one-athlete show at Holy Family, however.
While Weeder again holds the top Class D times in her specialty events in 2011 (as well as ranking 3rd in the 800), teammate Breanna Korus is currently second to her teammate in the 1600 and sixth in the 800. Holy Family has the top Class D time in the 4×100 and 4×800 relays and is fourth in the 4×400. Vitoria Wiese is among the top six in the long and triple jumps and Melissa Schumacher ranks among the high jump leaders.  Taylor Bender has the third-best shot put mark in the class and freshman Kaylee Jensen is seventh in the discus.
Quality, quantity, experience.
That combination should bode well as the Lady Bulldogs seek to make their own mark in the track & field record books.

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