As is so often the case with Coach Tom Dickey’s cross country competitors, the Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals are gathering steam for the final charge of the 2016 season.
BC/NG competed in Thursday’s West Holt Invite at Atkinson, toting home the girls’ team championship, as senior Christina Stopak placed second individually.
“We were waiting for the West Holt meet. The past couple years, this meet has provided a great opportunity for massive improvement, and that continued this year!” Dickey said. “We may not have improved in time, but we did improve in head-to-head racing. They competed! This change of attitude made the difference in each race.
“I especially appreciated the effort Autumn Farmer gave. I believe this was the first race she really competed. That’s a good sign for our future! We were all pretty surprised with the win. Ainsworth is a quality team, so to beat them here in late season is quite a coup.
“The guys ran without two varsity runners, but still did a really nice job. Thomas (Hosford) ran his best race this season. It’s just the right time! I’m really looking forward to a meet in which all of our team members are fairly healthy.
“I think we could be pretty good!”
Stopak continued her outstanding senior campaign with a runner-up effort in a personal best time of 20:15. Katie Goodwater (6th, 21:24) also placed in the top 10. Hosford (18:44) ran 13th in the boys’ race, in which BC/NG finished 8th in the team standings.
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