BC/NG track/field athletes continuing forward strides

Cards battle at Northwest Invite

The Boone Central/Newman Grove track & field teams continued to test themselves at the challenging Northwest High School Dave Gee Invite in Grand Island Thursday.
Although the Cardinals were unable to contend for team titles, both girls and boys chalked up event victories and many athletes improved their season-best times and marks.
The Lady Cardinals placed third in the girls division, which was dominated by host Northwest. The BC/NG boys finished seventh, as Aurora handily won the team championship.
“We finally had a decent day (weather-wise), but ran against some great competition,” noted Cardinal Coach Kris Pestel. “We were able to have 32 total personal bests – 22 by the girls and 10 by the boys.
“Despite having a fair number of kids not healthy, we are very proud of the marks we had. This meet always has several competitors who will be at the state meet, so we love the competition.”
Sheldon Beierman had another strong day for the Cards, winning the high jump (5’2) and placing second to Northwest’s Kayla Bachle in the 100 meter hurdles (15.57) and 300 meter hurdles (47.32).
Ashlynn Baker (12:05.43) and Christina Stopak (12:21.43) ran 2-3 in the 3200 meter run. BC/NG also had event runners-up in Celine Dunlap (10’7, pole vault) and Karley Zoucha (107’5, discus).
Kelsey Thompson (1:02.78) placed third in the 400 meter dash and helped Tessa Hedlund, Beierman and Dunlap take third in the 4×100 meter relay (53.79).
In the boys division, Scott Ketteler won the 110 meter hurdles (15.66), placed fourth in the 300 meter hurdles (44.47), and took third in the triple jump (40’4¼). Cody Nelson (5’8) was runner-up in the high jump and Isaac Sullivan (49’¾) placed third in the shot put.

BC/NG athletes reap medals at CNTC

The Grand Island Independent’s Central Nebraska Track & Field Championships annually brings together some of the top athletes in the state, from all classes, in a preview of upcoming district and state competition. Those competing need to bring their best efforts to be successful.
The Boone Central/Newman Grove athletes invited did just that Monday, according to Cardinal Coach Kris Pestel.
“It was a great day for weather and for the Cardinals!” Pestel praised. “The kids were able to bring home seven medals and set two new school (Boone Central) records.
“The CNTC only awards medals to first through third, so that was a huge accomplishment!

“We had one champion, which was Celine Dunlap in the pole vault,” Pestel noted. “We had three runner-ups – Kyle Kramer in the high jump and Sheldon Beierman in the high jump and 100 meter hurdles. And, we had three third-place finishes – Damian Backus in the long jump, Scott Ketteler in the 110 meter hurdles and Sheldon in the 300 meter hurdles.
“Damian broke his own Boone Central record in the long jump and Ashlynn Baker broke a 15 year old record held by Alesha Veik in the 1600 meter run.
“All of the kids who competed did an amazing job. They represented Albion, Newman Grove and Petersburg with not only great ability, but even better desire and work ethic.”

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Ashlynn Baker (right) and Christina Stopak finish 2-3 in the 3200.