The Boone Central Lady Cardinals highlighted their 2009 track & field season with an impressive Mid-State Conference team championship Saturday, May 2, at Hartington.
Boone Central, led by sophomore Bobbi Beckwith’s three-gold-medal performance, racked up 135 points to outdistance Pierce (120) and Norfolk Catholic (99).
The Cardinal boys also had several stellar individual efforts and placed a solid fifth in the team standings.
For the Lady Cards, it was a true team effort that secured the 2009 conference title.
“The Mid-State Conference is traditionally very competitive and it takes depth to win this meet – our girls displayed that depth this year,” said Cardinal Coach Kris Pestel. “This was a great day for our girls. They were competitive in every event and were able to score in all but two events.
“We were able to place more than one person in six events and that depth carried us.
“This took a total team effort to win the conference.”
Boone Central’s athletes – girls and boys – have shown continued progress throughout the ‘09 season and that continued in the Mid-State meet, Pestel noted.
“Track and field is about making improvements, setting goals and doing the necessary work to achieve them and be at your best at the end of the season.,” she said. “Our girls and boys have been doing the necessary work to improve all year.
“All of our kids really competed well Saturday and gave great efforts in this meet.
“The performance of the day for the girls was probably by freshman Jenna Lehmann, who cleared 4-10 in the high jump, eclipsing her previous best of 4-6,” Pestel commented. “Kalvin Zoucha was able to win the 200, Kevin Carder set two personal bests, placing in the distance events, and Michael Schmitz also had a personal best in the shot put.
“There is still work to do, but we are looking forward to districts!”
Although not matching her best times of the campaign, Bobbi Beckwith was fast enough to win individual gold medals in the 200 meter dash (27.1) and 400 meter dash (1:01.4). She collected her third gold of the day by anchoring the 4×100 team (Megan Bygland, Savannah Baker, Jaime Kennedy) to victory (52.5). On the boys side, Zoucha added a conference gold medal to his list of Cardinal athletic accomplishments, winning the 200 meter dash in 24.0.
Complete Details & Results in Print Edition of Albion News.