If you’re going to have the best day of your running career, you couldn’t pick a much better time than district competition in your senior season.
Such was the case for Boone Central senior Christina Stopak, who broke through to claim her first career victory in the Class C-2 District Thursday at the Albion Country Club and, in the process, established a new school course and senior record time of 19:25.
Stopak will be joined at the 2016 Nebraska State Cross Country Championships Friday at Kearney by sophomore teammate Katie Goodwater, sixth in the C-2 field by running a personal best time by 36 seconds (20:23).
“What a day for Christina Stopak!” exclaimed Cardinal Coach Tom Dickey. “She not only won her first race ever, she completely blew away an already very fast school record and defeated some very quality runners.
“Katie (Goodwater) was equally as impressive. She had a goal in mind and never strayed from that goal. I feel these two gals have a fantastic opportunity to do well at Kearney.”
With the C-2 meet on its home course and carrying some momentum, Boone Central/Newman Grove had fairly high hopes overall entering Thursday’s competition.
The Cardinals were unable to qualify in team terms, however, as the BC/NG girls placed fourth and the Card boys eighth in very tough fields.
“Even though we were after much more, getting a couple of state qualifiers was about as good as we could hope for,” Dickey said. “The kids all ran as hard as they could, and I’m very proud of them.”
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