Every year, the Grand Island Independent Central Nebraska Track Championships bring together the area’s top qualifiers for a mid-season test and preview of upcoming district and state meet competition.
With athletes from all four Nebraska classes – A through D – participating, the meet annually provides thrilling corrivalry and highlight performances.
Following a two-day postponement, the 2013 CNTC lived up to billing Wednesday, April 24 at G.I. Northwest High School, with competitors reeling off a number of the best times and distances of the season to date. Albion News area standouts were no exception, once again proving they belonged with the Central Nebraska track & field elite.
Cedar Valley’s Trent Braun may have had the News area’s top performance of the day, blazing to a victory in the 110 meter high hurdles in an area-best time of 14.7. Boone Central/Newman Grove athletes, while not capturing any gold medals in the CNTC event, established a new Boone Central school record and 12 season-bests.
Cardinal freshman Sheldon Beierman set the BC record, recording a time of 15.8 while placing third in the 100 meter high hurdles.
“With opportunities to compete being scarce this season due to Mother Nature, it was a real benefit for our team to have such a large group get the opportunity to compete against the best athletes in our area,” commented Cardinal Coach Kris Pestel. “Our kids really stepped up to the challenge, competed hard and got some great experience as we head into the final stretch of our season.
“We showed ourselves just what we are capable of as a young team and we look forward to seeing continued improvement as the season progresses.”
Boone Central/Newman Grove’s highest medal performance was by the girls’ 4×800 meter relay team of Jade Gottier, Ashlynn Baker, Hannah Schmitz and Catherine Weeder, who placed second in a time of 10:28.9.
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