There were no gold medals or record perfromances by Albion News area athletes competing in the 2013 Nebraska State Track & Field Championships at Omaha Burke this past weekend.
However, for the most part, area athletes did perform near their peaks, with several season-bests established and six medals won.
Two of those medals came back to Boone Central, as sophomore Catherine Weeder tied for sixth place in the Class B high jump, matching her season-best of 5’2, and freshman Sheldon Beierman took sixth in the 100 meter high hurdles, clocking 15.71 in Saturday’s final after placing fourth in her qualifying heat in 15.70 Friday.
Senior Blake Slizoski, a four-year state meet qualifier, just missed medaling in the long jump, placing ninth with his second-best mark of the season (20’5). Sophomore Olivia Slizoski posted her best time of the campaign while running fifth in her Friday heat of the 300 meter low hurdles (48.69). She also placed fourth in her 100 meter high hurdle prelim in 16.46.
Beierman also competed in the 300 lows, finishing fourth in her heat in 48.23, and senior Nick Paulson, a repeat state qualifier, placed sixth in his 110 meter high hurdle preliminary with a time of 15.72.
Relays Near Bests
Two Cardinal relay teams were within ticks of their best 2013 performances in Omaha.
The 4×800 meter team of junior Jade Gottier, freshman Hannah Schmitz, freshman Ashlynn Baker and Weeder finished 12th with a 10:07.11 clocking – second-best of the season behind its district gold medal time.
The Cardinal 4×400 quartet (Gottier, sophomore Dana Pelster, Beierman and Weeder) was slightly off its season-best, also placing 12th in 4:13.30.
All in all, it was a pleasing weekend for Boone Central/Newman Grove Coach Kris Pestel. The number of young athletes competing also provides optimism for the program’s future.
“Overall this group went to Omaha and competed very well,” Pestel praised. “Their performances were near or at their season-bests. I am proud of their accomplishments and efforts at the state meet and throughout the season.
“We will bring back a solid core of athletes for next season, but will also miss the dedication and leadership of our graduating seniors – Terri Molt, Cassidy Pribnow, Calvin Koziol, Hallick Lehmann, Logan Olson, Nick Paulson and Blake Slizoski.”
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