The Boone Central Lady Cardinals etched another chapter in the school record books Saturday, winning their third consecutive Mid-State Conference track & field championship.
The Cardinals began with a dominant performance in the field events and, once competition began on the track, sprinted away from the competition to build a final 138-101 cushion over runner-up Hartington Cedar Catholic.
Junior Jaime Kennedy reaped three gold medals and just missed a fourth in the final event of the day. Senior Sara Wells scored double gold and the Cardinals got event victories by senior Bobbi Beckwith and the 4×100 relay team (Beckwith, Kennedy, Brooke Anderson, Breann Thorberg).
Boone Central also had a solid day in boys competition, placing fourth with 51 points and two event runner-up performances. Host Pierce dominated the boys division with a winning total of 166 points.
“What a day! The girls and boys both competed very well,” praised Boone Central Coach Kris Pestel. “We, as a coaching staff, are very proud of how our athletes represented the Boone Central community.
“The girls won six events and placed in 13 of 17 and the boys placed in 11 of 17 events against very stiff competition. This was a total team effort and a great accomplishment by the girls to win this meet three years in a row.”
The Boone Central girls got a leg up on the field during Saturday morning’s field events, especially piling up points in the weight specialties.
Along with Wells winning the shot put with a season-best 40-1 effort and the discus with a mark of 134-2, Kattie Cleveland and Maria Glidden completed a 1-2-3 sweep in the two events.The Cardinals didn’t let up the pace on the track.
Kennedy grabbed her second gold medal of the day with a sizzling season-best 12.4 victory in the 100 dash and Beckwith led a 1-2 sweep in the 200 dash with a 28.0 clocking (Thorberg was runner-up in 28.4). Beckwith also finished a strong second in the 400 dash (1:03.2) and Thorberg ran fourth in that event (1:04.2).
One of the meet highlights for the Lady Cards was actually not a victory. Freshman Jade Gottier, running the 800 meters for just the second time, raced immediately to the lead and gamely held on until the final strides, placing second to Norfolk Catholic’s Amy Miller by 4/10ths of a second (2:34.0).
Sophomore Cassidy Pribnow also delivered big points, placing third in the 1600 (6:05.9) and 3200 (13:12.8) meter runs.
Boone Central’s 4×100 relay team shaved a tick off its season-best and News area-leading time, winning that event in 51.9 seconds.
Junior Cole Luettel had a runner-up performance for the BC boys in the triple jump (39-7½) and the 4×800 relay team of Jacob Lindgren, Brody Kelley, Calvin Koziol and Tony Krohn took second place in 8:50.0.
Kelley finished third in the 3200 meter run (11:04.4) and Cardinals Parker Struebing, Zach Wurdeman, Krohn and Luettel were third in the 4×400 relay (3:43.8).
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