Although it might not have shown in the scoring and standings, the Boone Central/Newman Grove track and field teams had quite an impressive day at the Northwest Invite Thursday, April 24.
The Boone Central/Newman Grove boys finished fourth in the nine-team field at Grand Island’s Northwest High School and the Lady Cardinals placed seventh.
Junior Catherine Weeder did score a gold medal, however, and many Boone Central/Newman Grove athletes posted their best performances of the 2014 season against the challenging competition.
“This was an extremely competitive meet where we were able to compete against some of the best in the state,” acknowledged Cardinal Coach Kris Pestel. “We felt our kids did a great job of stepping up to that level of competition and performed well.
“We were able to get a few kids back who have been injured most of the season and, with a little more conditioning, will be able to hopefully step in and fill some needed spots on the team.
“As coaches, we’re pleased with the team’s progress, but we also know we must keep conditioning and working hard to continue improving daily.”
Pestel noted that the Boone Central/Newman Grove boys had 15 season-bests and 12 career-bests at Northwest and the Lady Cards posted 12 season-bests and six career-bests.
One of those top marks was by Matt Brugger, who duplicated his brother Joe’s feat from earlier in the season, matching the Boone Central school record of 12’6 in the pole vault. His vault was good for a third-place tie in Thursday’s meet, while Joe took fifth with an 11’6 effort.
Weeder brought home BC/NG’s lone gold medal by clearing 5’1 in the high jump – topping her previous high by an inch. Weeder also placed sixth in the 800 meter run (2:37.85) and ran legs on the Cardinals’ second-place 4×800 relay and third-place 4×400 relay.
Sophomore Sheldon Beierman had another strong day for the Lady Cards, placing third in the 100 meter high hurdles (16.02) and third in the 300 meter hurdles (season-best 48.92). Olivia Slizoski was fifth in the 100 highs in a time of 16.84.
Boone Central/Newman Grove got big points in the girls’ relays. The 4×800 team of Jade Gottier, Kendra Gonzalez, Ashlynn Baker and Weeder were runners-up in 10:25.09 and the 4×400 quartet of Dana Pelster, Baker, Weeder and Beierman took third in 4:21.39.
Sophomore Kyle Kramer had the top finish of the day for the BC/NG boys, clearing a season-best 6’0 to place second in the high jump.
Junior Travis Kennedy was very competitive in blazing 100 and 200 meter dash fields. Kennedy took fourth in the 200 with a season-best 23.38 and also placed fourth in the 100 in 11.48, less than a tenth off his 2014 best.
Along with his pole vault achievement, Matt Brugger took fourth in the 800 meter run (2:11.73) and freshman teammate Thomas Hosford ran sixth (season-best 2:17.09). Andrew Rasmussen remained steady in the 3200 meter run, finishing fourth in 10:56.08.
The Card boys also had good relay efforts, clocking season-best times in two. The 4×400 team of Kramer, Joe Brugger, Kennedy and Zac Glidden placed third in 3:37.18 and the 4×100 group of Glidden, Kramer, Joe Brugger and Kennedy ran fourth in 46.43.
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