Photos by Jeremy Buss for Albion News
Boone Central senior Jessie Sullivan completed an exceptional year of sports competition, and Cardinals won four medals overall during the 2018 Nebraska State Track and Field Championships held at Omaha Burke Stadium this past weekend.
Sullivan finished his Cardinal career by winning the silver medal in the Class B discus Saturday with a throw of 163’3. His mark trailed only Nebraska football scholarship recruit Cameron Jurgens of Beatrice (169’3), who also won the Class B shot put (59’3¾).
Joining Sullivan in harvesting state medals were a pair of Cardinal freshmen. Jordan Stopak placed seventh in the 3200 meter run, in a time of 12:07.78, and eighth in the 1600 meter run with a season and Albion News area best clocking of 5:31.65. Weeder placed eighth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:26.79.
“Overall, we had a pretty good state meet. We took six athletes in six different events and were able to bring home four medals,” Kris Pestel commented following her final state meet as Cardinal track and field coach. “This was a great group of kids that we took to state. We had two seniors who had past state experience to lead us, a junior who was our most improved athlete on the team, and three freshmen distance runners who will continue to carry the torch for several years to come.”
“I am so honored to have been able to watch these kids compete.”
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Along with their medal-winning efforts, Sullivan and Weeder each competed in a second event at Omaha. Sullivan finished 10th in the B shot put (49’2½) and Weeder ran in the 1600 meters (5:41.14).
Cardinal senior Cody Nelson matched his season best in the high jump, clearing 6’2, and finished 12th. Junior Jon Merten was ninth in the shot put competition (49’6¼), and freshman Jonny Lindgren competed in the Class B 3200 meter run (10:37.05).