With memories of a dramatic finish to the 2014 track & field season, the Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals are excited about the start of a new campaign.
The Lady Cardinals capped 2014 with a thrilling one-point district championship victory, qualifying eight athletes for the state track & field event. The BC/NG boys finished fifth in the B-4 District, but sent seven competitors to the state meet in Omaha themselves.
With 13 of those 15 state qualifiers returning in 2015, the outlook for the Cardinals is bright.
“We are very excited for the season,” acknowledged BC/NG Coach Kris Pestel. “We have a solid core returning, with state meet experience and good leadership skills, but we need to develop our younger athletes quickly to help solidify all areas of the teams.”
Even with a strong nucleus and numbers, the Cardinals will have to be at their best against stout competition.
“We’re members of the Mid-State Conference, which is a great athletic conference, and our district has some of the best teams in Class B, so we’ll have to perform at our best to compete with all those great teams,” Pestel noted.
Boone Central/Newman Grove opened its season Tuesday at a triangular in Madison and hosts the annual Mansfield Invitational Thursday, beginning at 10 a.m.
Veteran Boone Central/Newman Grove Golf Coach Dennis Walters welcomes back two letterwinners, but will need to find additional competitors for the 2015 spring season.
Senior Parker Wallin and junior Joel Meyer are lettermen returning and should pace the Cardinals to begin the season. Walters also expects solid contributions from junior Blake Olnes and sophomore Nathan Gottier.
Others vieing for team positions include seniors Zach Heying, Justin Christensen, Lane Cornwell and Christian Ketteler, sophomore Conner Johnson and freshmen Garrett Cornwell, Bryton Fowlkes, Nick Thies, Mack Nelson and Emmanuel Ramirez.
“We will be young and inexperienced overall this year, but I think we should compete well,” Walters commented. “We have two letterwinners and two other golfers with solid experience, but will be very inexperienced after we get past those top four.”
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