Another year, another title. It certainly never gets old!
The Boone Central Lady Cardinals won a remarkable fourth straight Mid-State Conference track & field championship Saturday in near-ideal weather conditions at the Norfolk Catholic Activity Complex.
In a team race that was tight throughout the competition, Boone Central edged Hartington Cedar Catholic 101-95 to secure its latest crown.
The Lady Cards put early digits on the board with seniors Maria Glidden and Kattie Cleveland sweeping the top two spots in the shot put and discus, continued to pile up points in the mid-day events as Kennedy and senior Breann Thorberg dominated the sprints, but needed a late victory in the 4×100 relay to hold off a dogged Cedar Catholic challenge.
The Boone Central boys had an impressive meet of their own in Norfolk, finishing second to repeat champion Pierce (101-81).
It was a true team effort by a young Cardinal squad. Junior Blake Slizoski won BC’s only gold in the boys division in the 100 meter dash, but Boone Central had runner-up performances by junior Nick Paulson (110 high hurdles) and the 4×800 relay team, added five third-place efforts and earned 18 medals overall.
Boone Central’s banner day left Coach Kris Pestel pleased and proud.
“What a great day!” Pestel exclaimed.
“The Mid-State is traditionally one of the most competitive conferences in the state and this group of Boone Central athletes brought home a conference championship and a conference runner-up!
“This group has pushed each other every day to get better and better. The girls and boys both had 22 season bests Saturday. That’s a total of 44 season bests by one team in one meet!
“We, as a coaching staff, are proud of how well we competed and supported each other, and also the way we represented our communities with sportsmanship,” Pestel added.
Card senior Jaime Kennedy could hardly have concluded her Mid-State track & field career in grander fashion than Saturday’s performance.
Kennedy blazed to victories in the 100 (12.6) and 200 (26.2) meter dashes, broke her week-old Boone Central record in winning the 400 (59.3) meter dash, then anchored the clinching victory in the 4×100 meter relay (50.8).
Boone Central’s senior weight-event duo of Glidden and Cleveland got the Lady Cards off to a good start in the morning hours.
Glidden swept gold in the discus (113’11½) and shot put (38’9) – topping Cleveland’s 2012 Albion News area best in the shot by one-half inch – and Cleveland took silver in both events.
Boone Central’s final gold medal effort was in the 4×100, where freshmen Dana Pelster and Olivia Slizoski teamed with seniors Thorberg and Kennedy to win in 50.8 seconds.
Junior Blake Slizoski, a two-year state track qualifier, had his best day of the 2012 season in the Mid-State, winning the 100 dash in 11.33 seconds and placing fourth in the 200 dash (23.5).
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