Although not everything they hoped to accomplish, Boone Central athletes nevertheless delivered solid performances in the 2012 Nebraska State Track & Field Championships May 18-19 at Burke Stadium in Omaha.
The Cardinals captured medals in five events, just missed hardware in several others, and acquitted themselves proudly against some of the best athletes in the state.
The high point of state competition for Boone Central came Saturday morning in the Class B girls 4×100 meter relay.
The Lady Card quartet of freshmen Dana Pelster and Olivia Slizoski and seniors Breann Thorberg and Jaime Kennedy not only placed third, just .062 seconds behind event champion Crete, but clocked a new Boone Central record time of 49.985.
Unfortunately for Kennedy, her anchor leg in the relay was her final highlight Saturday, as an injury prevented a chance for some very memorable accomplishments in the afternoon session.
After winning her prelim heats in both the 100 meter dash (12.417) and 200 meter dash (25.577) Friday, Kennedy clutched her left leg during the 100 final and limped to the finish with an eighth-place time of 20.302. A pulled hamstring forced her to later walk off following the start of the 200, giving her another eighth-place finish in that event.
Three medals, but a disappointing finish to a splendid career.
Another Cardinal senior, Kattie Cleveland, scored Boone Central’s highest individual medal of the 2012 state championships, placing fourth in the discus with a toss of 124’1 Friday. Cleveland (35’5½) and fellow senior Maria Glidden (37’) competed in the shot put Saturday, but did not advance to the finals.
Cardinal senior Breann Thorberg wrapped up a career of four state meet competitions with the relay medal performance and another medal in the 400 meter dash. Thorberg placed fourth in her 400 prelim in 1:00.067, then was seventh in Saturday’s final in 1:00.508. Her 200 prelim time of 26.691 Friday did not qualify for the event final.
Although Boone Central’s qualifiers in the Class B boys state meet field did not earn any medals, they turned in several excellent performances during the two days at Burke Stadium.
The Cardinal 4×800 meter relay group of senior Brody Kelley, junior Calvin Koziol, freshman Matt Brugger and senior Tony Krohn, one of the team’s strengths all season, finished in the event’s top ten and just missed a medal with a time of 8:29.326.
Koziol also competed in the 1600 meter run, and while not placing, clocked a season-best time of 4:52.258 Saturday.
Senior Cole Luettel vied in the high jump for the second consecutive year, but fell short of matching his season accomplishments and did not place by clearing 5’10. Senior Parker Struebing just missed qualifying for the triple jump finals with a solid mark of 41’11½.
Junior Blake Slizoski was at Burke Stadium for the third straight season. Slizoski finished eighth in his 100 meter dash prelim Friday in 11.543 and was seventh in the 200 prelim in 23.723, missing the finals. Junior Nick Paulson made his state meet debut in the 110 meter high hurdles, clocking 16.359 in his prelim race Friday.
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