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Soto-Stopak Mid-State gold medalist

Jordan Soto-Stopak prepares to pass Sara Burbach of Hartington CC on her way to victory in the Mid-State Conference 3200 meter run. (Photo, Robert Dump, Cedar County News)

Young Boone Central/Newman Grove track and field teams did not have the scoring depth to challenge for Mid-State Conference team honors Monday at Hartington, but Cardinal Coach Justin DeWitt was pleased with the individual efforts of his athletes, who brought home 21 medals.
On another chilly, windy day in far northeast Nebraska, Card sophomore Jordan Soto-Stopak continued her excellent 2019 season, winning the gold medal in the 3200 meter run (12:40.24) and placing second in the 1600 meter run (5:47.91). Soto-Stopak’s 3200 meter win was BCNG’s only gold medal in the conference competition. Senior Jett Stuhr and junior Lauren Hedlund had runner-up performances.
“The teams faced some tough competition. Jordan ran a really nice race in the 3200, bringing home a gold medal,” DeWitt commented. “Ryan Kramer had a really strong day, placing in all four of his events. Autumn Simons also competed well and placed in three events.”
Hedlund placed second in the 100 meter dash in 13.23, as well as taking fourth in the 200 with a 27.68 time. Stuhr was runner-up in the triple jump with a mark of 39’10½. Both athletes also ran on two relay teams that earned medals.
Senior Jon Merten placed third in strong shot put and discus fields, and Kramer finished third in the 110 meter high hurdles, fourth in the 300 meter hurdles and sixth in the high jump, as well as running a leg on the third-place 4×400 meter relay team. Simons placed fifth in the 800 meter run, sixth in the 1600 meter run and ran on the sixth-place 4×400 meter relay. Kramer’s time in the 110 hurdles (16.51) lowered his Albion News area-best clocking and Leighann Miller set a new 2019 area best mark of 108’8 in the discus while finishing eighth Monday.

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