It’s always a good feeling when you go into a competition with expectations – and meet them!
The Boone Central/Newman Grove cross country runners did just that Thursday at the West Holt Invitational. With Sam Weeder and Jordan Stopak placing 2nd and 3rd, the Cardinals girls won the team title. The BC/NG boys were also impressive, finishing 3rd in the team standings without top runner Jonny Lindgren.
“We were hoping to see some different competition and, hopefully, be challenged beyond what we normally are,” commented Cardinal Coach Tom Dickey. “It gave us good opportunities to test and challenge our runners to push into regions they hadn’t believed they could go.
“Our girls have been a bit beaten up lately, so it was important to see where our progress was. Katie Goodwater has had a sore hip, so we just wanted to test it for a couple of miles. This gave our fifth runner, Lauren Pugh, a chance to see if the improvement she made last week would continue. Her confidence is soaring – and it showed in the race. She caught Autumn (Simons) at the two-mile mark, something she never dreamed she could do only a couple of weeks ago!”
Weeder led the BC/NG charge, placing 2nd in a personal-best and new Boone Central #1 all-time clocking of 19:47. Stopak was right behind in 3rd, also posting a personal best time that is #2 all-time (19:48). Simons finished 19th in 22:29 and Pugh 20th in 22:31.
“Sam and Jordan ran really fast trying to chase down Ainsworth standout Rylie Rice,” Dickey noted. “They did a great job of keeping her close, running the third and fourth fastest times ever run on that course, along with rewriting our record book.
“The boys ran without Jonny, who went home sick earlier in the day. But, like the girls, we had kids react the right way. Bradley Schindel ran a very good race to grab seventh in a really tough field. Scott Wright went out hard and determined to win his first medal. This made Gavin Ienn and Caleb Kohl really work to chase him down. By the finish, they were basically all together, which made a huge difference in our scoring.”
Schindel recorded a personal-best time of 18:07, #3 all-time for Boone Central runners. Wright placed 20th in a personal best 19:00, Ienn was 21st, also in 19:00, and Kohl finished 23rd in 19:11 (personal best).
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