Chilly temps. Brisk Winds. Little sunshine. Unfortunately, a pretty typical day for the 2019 high school track and field season.
Hardy athletes shrugged off those conditions to put forth their utmost efforts in Thursday’s B-4 District, however, as they attempted to qualify for coveted berths in the Nebraska State Track and Field Championships.
Boone Central/Newman Grove’s contingent was no exception, and the Cardinals had some dramatic moments to highlight the day.
• Sophomore Jordan Soto-Stopak leading virtually wire-to-wire and sprinting the final stretch to a gold medal in the 3200 meter run.
• Soph Ryan Kramer displaying the heart of a champion, rebounding from a crushing false start in the 110 meter high hurdle prelims and sailing to a career best time and victory in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles.
• Junior Lauren Hedlund and sophomore Wyatt Nissen flashing past the finish line with season-best times and inches to spare for state qualification in tight, taut 100 and 200 meter dashes.
• Senior Card teammates Dalton Rasmussen and Jon Merten, consistently dominant in the weight events throughout the season, finishing 2-3 in the shot put to earn their tickets to Omaha.
• BCNG’s 4×800 meter relay team – Soto-Stopak, Samantha Weeder, Autumn Simons, Lauren Pugh – meshing smoothly and pushing relentlessly to a runner-up finish and a precious qualifying berth.
• Soto-Stopak finishing with a strong second-place performance in a competitive 1600 meter run, qualifying for state in a third event.
“Congratulations to the state qualifiers! I am so proud of the hard work they have put in this season and the way they performed,” Cardinal Coach Justin DeWitt praised.
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