With Nebraska weather refusing to ‘spring ahead,’ the Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals opened their 2018 track and field season at the Wayne State College high school indoor meet Saturday.
“Overall, a pretty good day. Running on an indoor track is so much different than on an outdoor track, but our kids did a good job with it,” said Cardinal Coach Kris Pestel. “What I liked most was how we competed. We are a very young team with great heart.
“We have a solid week of practice before we start the outdoor season. We will need to work hard to get ready for it.”
Freshman Jordan Stopak scored Boone Central/Newman Grove’s only event victory, running 6:03.40 in the 1600 meter run.
The young Lady Cardinals had some additional impressive performances. Sophomore Lauren Hedlund was second in the 55 meter dash (7.94) and third in the 400 meter dash (1:10.27). Freshman Marysa Duerksen ran second in the 200 meter dash (29.14) and third in the 55 meter hurdles (10.04). Another freshman, Samantha Weeder, was third in the 800 meter run (2:36.39) and high jump (4’8), and frosh Paige Nelson placed third in the pole vault (7’6). The BC/NG 4×400 relay team of Nelson, Autumn Simons, Duerksen and Hedlund placed second in a time of 4:44.29.
Senior Jessie Sullivan had the highest finish among Boone Central/Newman Grove boys, placing second in the shot put at 48’2.
Freshman Jonny Lindgren ran fourth in the 1600 meters (5:09.94) and frosh Ryan Kramer placed sixth in the high jump (5’2). Junior Jon Merten was seventh in the shot put (43’) and Cards Chris Preister, Seth Wright and Scott Wright finished 7-8-9 in the pole vault, all clearing 8’6.
BC/NG’s 4×400 meter relay (Bryce Kennedy, Wyatt Nissen, Preister, Richard Cleveland) took sixth place in a time of 4:21.50.