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Stopak leads Card harriers in Mid-State

The annual Mid-State Conference cross country championships at Wayne this past Thursday proved difficult, in both weather conditions and competition.
Boone Central/Newman Grove handled the challenges quite well, with the Cardinal girls – led by individual conference runner-up Christina Stopak – placing third and the BC/NG boys finishing fifth.
Stopak clocked a new personal record time of 20:39 with her effort.
“This was a really tough meet – and not just because of the weather!” acknowledged Card Coach Tom Dickey. “We competed against some of the best teams in the state.
“The weather was a major factor, with really chilly temperatures and rain. It started raining pretty hard just after the start of the girls’ race. This caused a full one hour delay for the start of the boys’ race. By that time, it had dropped about 10 degrees.
“I think, for the most part, our kids handled the weather fairly well. If nothing else, it was great experience for future races that may cause discomfort,” he continued. “I was really impressed with severeal individual races, especially Reena (Stopak), who seemed to be oblivious to the cold and rain. Katie Goodwater also ran very well, along with Thomas Hosford.
“We’re looking forward to the district meet on our course Thursday.”
Goodwater joined Stopak in the girls’ top ten, placing fifth in a time of 21:43. Emma Arndts took 12th in 22:28. Hosford led the Cardinal boys, placing 14th with a time of 19:23.

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