On a breezy, but pleasant late May 1 afternoon, the Cardinal track & field program hosted spirited competition in the annual Jerry Seier Memorial Quad at the Boone Central Activity Complex in Albion.
Strong Columbus Scotus teams won the team competition in both divisions of the meet. The Shamrocks outscored runner-up Boone Central 108-82 in boys competition and topped the Lady Cardinals 95-66 in the girls division.
Despite the second-place finishes, Cardinal Coach Kris Pestel was pleased with how her charges followed up tough Mid-State Conference competition the previous weekend.
“After the hard-fought day Saturday (Mid-State), we geared back several of our varsity athletes and really got some good work and times from our underclassmen,” Pestel commented. “This is always a meet where there are some really good performances.
“In this meet, we may need to get a good time for districts in one race from an athlete, or we give our younger athletes a loaded slate of events to compete in.
“During this season we have made great strides and now must finish what we’ve started,” Pestel stressed. “A week to perfect, improve and heal before district.
“We’re looking forward to the challenge!”
Boone Central wasn’t without some impressive performances in the Seier competition.
Kattie Cleveland won the discus with a season-best throw of 127’8 and the 4×400 relay team of Breann Thorberg, Kaitlyn Stuhr, Olivia Slizoski and Dana Pelster lowered its Albion News area 2012 season best time to 4:15.1 while placing second to Scotus.
The Lady Cards also got victories by Maria Glidden in the shot put (37’2½), Jenna Lehmann in the high jump (4’6), Jaime Kennedy in the 100 meter dash (no time available) and the 4×100 relay quartet (Pelster, Slizoski, Thorberg, Kennedy – 51.0).
Card Blake Slizoski finished second to Lakeview sprinter Mark Jarecki in the 100 and 200 dashes, but set News area bests of 11.1 and 23.0. Derek Gentrup tied a season best, winning the pole vault (10’), and also won the high jump (5’10), while Nick Paulson swept the 110 high hurdles (16.4) and 300 intermediates (43.6). The 4×100 relay team of Paulson, Carter Johnson, Parker Struebing and Slizoski lowered its News area best to 44.8 with a win and 1600 meter runner-up Calvin Koziol established a new area best of 4:52.5.
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