Boone Central/Newman Grove track and field athletes saw their first ‘major’ competition of the spring this past week and acquitted themselves quite well.
The BC/NG boys tied for third place in the team standings of the Wayne Blue Devil Invite Tuesday, April 8, while the Lady Cardinals brought home a fourth-place finish.
Individually, Cardinal girls took gold in four events and the boys won three events, highlighted by junior Joe Brugger matching the school record in the pole vault.
All in all, a positive day against stout competition, said Cardinal Coach Kris Pestel.
“This was a large meet with four schools we will see at either the conference and/or district meets. For early in the season, our kids competed with a great deal of heart,” Pestel commented. “One of the best performances of the day was by Joe Brugger, who tied the Boone Central school record with a pole vault of 12’6.
“We liked what we saw for the most part, but also know there is a great deal of work to do and a lot of season left to get better.”
Brugger won the pole vault by going six inches higher than runner-up Jaime Gasper of Columbus Scotus. Austin Zoucha also posted a field event victory for BC/NG, hitting 50’0 in the shot put. Andrew Rasmussen scored gold on the track by winning the 3200 meter run in a time of 10:49.4.
The Cards had an additional 12 placing efforts in compiling their 74 team points. That included a runner-up finish by the 4×400 relay team of Kyle Kramer, Matt Brugger, Joe Brugger and Zac Glidden (3:41.4.).
Sophomore Sheldon Beierman led the Boone Central/Newman Grove girls by once again sweeping the hurdle events. Beierman hit the tape in 16.2 in the 100 meter highs and finished first in the 300 lows in 49.2. Junior Olivia Slizoski made it a powerful event for the Lady Cards, placing second in both the 100 highs (16.6) and 300 lows (50.4).
Sophomore Celine Dunlap got BC/NG’s other individual victory by clearing 8’9 in the pole vault and the Cardinal 4×800 meter relay team of Jade Gottier, Kendra Gonzalez, Ashlynn Baker and Catherine Weeder won that event in 10:28.9.
Boone Central/Newman Grove also competed in a triangular at Madison Wednesday, which replaced the scheduled season-opening Madison Relays that were cancelled by bad weather.
BC/NG doubled the score on host Madison (91-45) in winning the boys competition, while the Lady Cardinals finished well in front of the Norfolk High Sophomores (86-60).
The BC/NG girls won 13 of 17 events contested and the Cardinal boys took first place in 11 events.
Joe Brugger again went 12’6 to win the pole vault and Scott Ketteler triumphed in the triple jump (36’3) and 110 meter high hurdles (16.72).
The Lady Cards had a pair of double-winners. Gottier took first in the triple jump (31’10½) and 800 meter run (2:39.78) and Beierman won the 100 high hurdles (16.16 and 400 meter dash (1:05.3).
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