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BC/NG harriers keep focus, perform well

It was an unsettled week for the Boone Central/Newman Grove cross country program, with weather complications and venue changes, but the Cardinals maintained their focus and again performed well once competition began.
“This was a wild week! Scotus first postponed its meet from Thursday to Friday, then cancelled it Friday morning,” BC/NG Coach Tom Dickey explained. “So we searched around and wormed our way into the Norfolk High meet for our junior high and the O’Neill Invitational for the high schoolers.
“The kids went through quite an emotional roller coaster those two days.”
The Cardinal girls were unphased by the changes, placing second in a competitive field at O’Neill with three top ten runners. Although the BC/NG boys, missing their most experienced runner, did not fare as well in the standings, Dickey was pleased with their efforts. The Card junior high teams had several top runners in their competition at Norfolk, as well.
“Both meets went really well,” Dickey acknowledged. “The competition was pretty stiff, but the kids competed nicely.
“The girls did a great job of working together in the early stages of the race and managed to finish well. The boys were without Thomas Hosford, but they also worked really well together.
“We’re hoping, in the next couple weeks, we can get the gaps between runners narrowed so we can set our sights on the championship season coming up.”
Christina Stopak continued her excellent 2016 campaign by placing third at O’Neill in 20:53. Katie Goodwater (21:37) placed fifth and Emma Arndts (22:54) eighth. Al Bader led the BC/NG boys, finishing 31st in 19:49. In junior high action at Norfolk, Jonny Lindgren (6:19) took second in the boys race and Jordan Stopak (7:34) was third among girls.

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