When it came time for the Boone Central cross country runners to put their best foot forward, they did so in grand style last Thursday at the C-3 District meet at Norfolk’s Skyview Lake.
The Cardinal girls and boys teams, which have shown steady improvement throughout the season, both qualified for the 2011 state cross country championships with superb performances that earned second and third-place finishes, respectively.
“We had a great day!” exclaimed happy Boone Central Coach Tom Dickey. “We had a number of things we had to do to get qualified for state, and we did every one of them!
“It’s hard for non-runners to understand the pressure runners have to work through, but it can be quite brutal,” he commented. “Our kids did a wonderful job handling that pressure and turning it into positive energy.”
No Cardinal showed more energy than senior Jaime Kennedy, who led Boone Central to second place in just her second season of cross country competition. Kennedy placed second to Scotus standout Morgan Benesch Thursday with a time of 16:50 – a personal best and Boone Central’s #2 all-time mark on the course.
Junior Cassidy Pribnow, 17th against much of the same competition just one week earlier, was right behind her teammate in third place (17:09), while Anna Goodwater placed 18th by knocking a staggering 1:29 off her previous personal best (18:27).
Boone Central totaled 50 points, finishing behind only Scotus and six points in front of host Norfolk Catholic.
The Boone Central boys also uncorked a number of top times and had two top ten runners. The Cardinals scored 50 points to finish behind only Scotus (22) and Wayne (35), punching their ticket for state.
Junior Calvin Koziol (18:18) and senior Brody Kelley (18:21) paced the Cardinal effort – Kelley finally able to put together the personal-best race he had been looking for after battling physical ailments most of the season.
Boone Central’s next three runners all recorded personal-best marks as well. Trevor Salber (19:09) placed 15th by lopping :58 from his previous best.
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