Although scheduling conflicts following an earlier weather-related postponement thinned the field of competitors, area schools Boone Central/Newman Grove, St. Edward and Fullerton, along with Schuyler, were able to take advantage of sunny skies and seasonal temperatures at Monday’s Mansfield Invitational track and field meet in Albion.
Athletes took advantage of the favorable conditions to hone their skills and conditioning, and Boone Central/Newman Grove Coach Justin DeWitt said he was very pleased with the progress of the Cardinals.
“We hosted our first home meet of the season, and it featured great weather and even better performances,” DeWitt commented. “Our boys team is showing great improvement, from seniors to freshmen. They won eight events and earned 34 medals, along with having numerous seventh and eighth place finishes. I’m proud of how we have worked to improve.
“The girls won 10 events and earned 32 medals. The quality of our athletes really showed, as we won numerous events and also placed 3-6 in a ton of events.
“We have a meet Friday at Central City, where we will see some tough competition. I think our coaching staff has done a good job preparing our athletes, and I’m really excited to see how we compete.”
Three Lady Cardinals took double gold in Monday’s competition, with Lauren Hedlund sweeping the 100 and 200 meter dashes, Jordan Soto-Stopak finishing first in the 800 and 1600 meter runs, and Avery Olnes capturing top honors in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles. Also posting wins were Tessa Hamling (3200) and BCNG’s 4×400 and 4×800 meter relays teams.
Cardinal senior Jett Stuhr was a double winner on the boys side, with victories in the long jump and triple jump. Joining him as event champions were Wyatt Nissen (100), Carsten Bird (1600), Ryan Kramer (110 hurdles), Jon Merten (shot put) and Dalton Rasmussen (discus).
Complete results in Print & Online editions of Albion News