One of spring’s annual sports highlights in the central portion of the state is the Central Nebraska Track Championships held at Northwest High School, an All-Area meet sponsored by the Grand Island Independent.
The top athletes from Classes B, C and D are invited to test their skills in a competition that demands the best from the best. Albion News area athletes were again among those shining brightly on perfect day of weather at Northwest Stadium.
Boone Central/Newman Grove Coach Kris Pestel was very pleased with the efforts of the Cardinals invited to compete.
“Finally, a really nice day, and our kids represented BC/NG very well at this championship meet,” Pestel praised. “Our kids competed against the best of the best and held their own. I am so proud of how we performed. We had several personal bests, and even a school record!
Boone Central/Newman Grove had one gold medal performance, as senior Jessie Sullivan won the shot put with a personal best of 52’8½. Junior Jon Merten (151’4) placed second in the discus and Sullivan (149’5) finished fourth.
Freshman Samantha Weeder placed third in a tough 800 meter run field, setting a new Boone Central school record in the process (2:22.121). Frosh Autumn Simons ran a personal best 2:31.96 in the race.
Freshman Jordan Stopak lowered her Albion News area best time in the 3200 meter run with a personal best 12:02.36, placing second to Burwell’s Michaela Kelley. Freshman Jonny Lindgren also had a strong showing in the 3200 meter run, posting a time of 10:33.16 and finishing fourth.
Senior Cody Nelson took third place in the high jump, matching his season and area best mark of 6’2.
One of the major storylines of Monday’s meet involved a comet from Riverside High School.
Charger junior Alix Bloom won three events and was named the CNTC Girls Athlete of the Meet for the second straight year.
Bloom began her day by outjumping defending Class B state champion Karsen Sears (Northwest) in the long jump. With Sears leading the competition at 17’1, Bloom unleashed a leap of 17’5 to take the gold medal.
That set up her double in the girls sprints, as Bloom outdueled Northwest’s Taryn Burkett to win the 100 meter dash (News area best 12.76) and outran Jocelyn Rauert of Wood River to capture the 200 meter dash (News area best 26.50).
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