When talk turns to the most-competitive high school conference in Nebraska, the Mid-State is nearly always in the conversation.
The league’s reputation will stay intact following Saturday’s Mid-State Conference Track & Field Championships at Madison. A combination of balmy spring weather (finally!) and eager athletes provided Northeast Nebraska fans with another dose of scintillating competition.
No one could top the exploits – literally – of Wayne’s Grant Anderson, who thrilled Saturday’s crowd by topping the nearly-unfathomable 7’ mark in the high jump.
Other meet standouts included Trent Spieker of Pierce and Norfolk Catholic’s Brandon Becker with a bang-bang near-dead heat finish in the 110 meter high hurdles, Crofton’s 200 and 400 meter dash winner Dani Riesberg, and Alayna Daberkow of Madison, who swept to victory in the 300 meter low hurdles.
There were many more.
The Crofton girls, newcomers to Mid-State competition, ended Boone Central’s four-year reign as conference champions, while the familiar red and white of Norfolk Catholic again topped the boys team standings.
The youthful Boone Central/Newman Grove Lady Cardinals did not fall far in 2013, placing a solid fourth. The BC/NG boys were also competitive, finishing sixth.
The Cardinals recorded several standout performances of their own, led by Sheldon Beierman. The Boone Central freshman was runner-up in the 100 meter high hurdles by the narrowest of margins, finishing with the same time as winner Katie Atkins of Pierce (15.56) and lowering the Boone Central event record for the second straight meet.
Beierman joined junior Jade Gottier and sophomores Dana Pelster and Catherine Weeder for BC/NG’s only gold-medal performance in the 4×400 relay (4:11.9) and also placed second in the 300 lows (48.1).
Weeder set a Boone Central record of her own while placing third in the 800 meter run (2:28.43) and had runner-up performances in the high jump (5’) and triple jump (33’3¼).
Senior Blake Slizoski scored the highest individual medal among Cardinal boys, placing third in the 200 meter dash (23.44). The 4×400 relay team of Logan Olson, Travis Kennedy, Matt Brugger and Trevor Salber also took third place with a 3:42.69 clocking.
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