Card track/field teams prepare for spring season

girls track
Photo: Front, from left, Christina Stopak, Jenna Kramer, Karley Zoucha, Tessa Hedlund
Row two, from left, Leighann Miller, Autumn Farmer, Kelsey Thompson, Katie Goodwater, Katie Daniels, Emma Arndts
Back, from left, Layne Hudson, Stephanie Wright, Lauren Hedlund, Natalee Luettel, Anna Hamling, Casidy Baumgartner, Niah Kahlandt

boys track
Photo: Front, from left, Cody Nelson, Levi Krueger, Jose Mario Clemente, Dalton Wagner, Johnny Case, Jessie Sullivan
Row two, from left, Logan Hodges, Jett Stuhr, Michael Murcek, Jon Merten, Blaine Young
Back, from left, Brian Mock, Dylan Korth, Cristopher Thiem, Will Grape, Scott Wright

Despite up-and-down weather conditions and a still-chilly immediate forecast, the Boone Central/Newman Grove track & field teams have been diligently preparing for the upcoming 2017 outdoor season.
Coach Kris Pestel Cardinals will begin their campaign in a triangular at Madison Tuesday, March 28, before hosting area schools for the annual Mansfield Invite in Albion Saturday. April 1.
Boone Central/Newman Grove will compete in major invitational meets at Wayne, Central City and Grand Island Northwest leading up to the annual Mid-State Championships April 29 and B-4 District competition May 11, both at Wayne.
Although Boone Central/Newman Grove does not have a large number of returning letterwinners, Pestel does believe her teams again have some skilled competitors.
The BC/NG Lady Cardinals welcome back three state meet qualifiers among seven overall letterwinners. Senior Christina Stopak competed in the state 1600 and 3200 meter runs in 2016, while senior Tessa Hedlund and sophomore Kelsey Thompson were members of the 4×100 meter relay that ran in Omaha.
Pestel said her charges will again face stout competition in 2017, but is optimistic about the Cards’ chances as they develop.
“We are very excited for the season. We return some athletes with good leadership skills and some state meet experience,” she commented. “With our minimal numbers, we will need to develop our younger athletes quickly to help solidify all areas of our teams.
We are members of the Mid-State Conference, which is a great athletic conference, and our district is made up of some of the best teams in Class B, so we will need to perform at our best to compete.
“We are looking forward to a very competitive season!”

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