The competition got tougher in Boone Central/Newman Grove’s first large-meet competition, but even with some top athletes missing, Cardinal teams fared well.
The BC/NG Lady Cards placed fourth in the Blue Devil Invite held April 7 at Wayne and the Cardinal boys finished fifth.
Pierce and Scotus split the meet titles, the Bluejays winning the girls competition and Scotus running away with the boys division.
For the Cardinals, it was a day of strong competition and good experience.
“It was a cold and rainy day, but our kids competed well,” said BC/NG Coach Kris Pestel. “Due to injuries and illness, we had several younger athletes step up and compete, and they did very well.
“We’re making progress, but still have a ways to go.”
The Boone Central/Newman Grove girls were paced by senior Catherine Weeder’s three gold medals. Weeder won the high jump (5’2) and 800 meter run (2:34.60) and anchored the winning 4×400 meter relay team (4:25.10).
In the absence of Sheldon Beierman, senior Olivia Slizoski stepped up nicely with a victory in the 100 meter high hurdles (17.10) and runner-up finish in the 300 meter lows (52.60). Taylor Starman was second to Weeder in the 800 (2:38.70) and ran a leg on the runner-up 4×800 meter relay (10:37.10).
Senior Zac Glidden was the lone event winner for the Cardinal boys, capturing the long jump gold with a mark of 20’11.
Evan Struebing was a strong second in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles (43.00) and the 4×400 meter relay team of Cody Nelson, Tyler Schriver, Struebing and Glidden placed second (3:46.20).
Boone Central/Newman Grove will compete Friday in the Central City Invite (2 p.m.).
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