Annually, the Central City Invite does not feature great quantity in terms of competing teams.
The meet does, however, always have more than its share of outstanding competition, with traditional Class B track and field heavyweights Aurora, Boone Central/Newman Grove, Northwest and York among the six-team field.
Thus, runner-up team finishes by BC/NG Friday left Cardinal Coach Kris Pestel pleased and optimistic.
“Through illness and aches and pains, our kids really performed well in this meet,” Pestel praised. “This has always been an extremely competitive meet, and in all the years Coach Dickey has been part of track and field in Albion, he said the boys had never finished this high in this meet! What great accomplishments for both teams!
“Joe Brugger also broke his own school record in the pole vault, clearing 13-foot.”
Pestel now hopes her charges can continue to reach their peak during the stretch run of the campaign.
“I’m very proud of this entire group, and we’re very pleased with how the kids are progressing in their events,” she said. “Most important are their work ethics and willingness to compete.
“We’re getting into the most important part of our season – two weeks until conference and less than four weeks until district.
“Every practice is important and, as always, we must continue to push to get better.”
The Lady Cardinals, second to Northwest, were led by Catherine Weeder’s three-gold performance. Weeder won the high jump (5’) and 400 meter dash (1:02.12) and helped the 4×400 meter relay to victory (4:14.54).
The BC/NG boys made hay in the field events, with Damian Backus showing the way. Backus swept the long jump (19’5½) and triple jump (42’1¾) events. Backus added his third gold medal in the 4×400 meter relay, teaming with Kyle Kramer, Joe Brugger and Glidden.
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