Photos, Jeremy Buss
Although this was the 44th consecutive year Albion/Boone Central was represented in state cross country competition, it almost seemed like a fresh start for the Cardinals.
Card freshmen runners Samantha Weeder, Jordan Stopak and Jonny Lindgren capped their impressive high school debut seasons with medal-winning performances in the 2017 Nebraska State Cross Country Championships Friday at the Kearney Country Club.
“Our freshmen kids did a wonderful job!,” said veteran Boone Central/Newman Grove Coach Tom Dickey. “I can’t imagine going into this meet, with all it’s pressure, and coming out with three individual medals!
“They are pretty incredible kids!”
Weeder paced the Boone Central/Newman Grove girls – with four freshman runners – to a 6th place finish in Class C, capturing the 3rd place individual medal with a time of 19:50 – #1 all-time for Boone Central runners on the Kearney course. Stopak ran to a 6th place finish in 20:25 – #3 BC all-time on the state layout.
Lindgren, the only Cardinal competing in the Class C boys race, took 5th place with a 17:29 clocking.
“Our medalists ran with great confidence and composure,” Dickey praised.
Rounding out Boone Central/Newman Grove’s team score of 97 in the girls race were junior Katie Goodwater (69th, 22:52), freshman Autumn Simons (71st, 22:55), freshman Julia Nore (84th, 24:40) and junior Autumn Farmer (87th, 25:01).
“The girls and I were hoping for better than the 6th place finish, but it just wasn’t going to happen,” Dickey commented. “There wasn’t anything they wanted to do more than place high – and they all tried as hard as the could.”
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