Cards Medal In Five Events At State Track & Field Championships

Bygland In Hurdle BattleBoone Central was well-represented at the 2009 Nebraska State Track & Field Championships and those Cardinal athletes produced some terrific accomplishments during the warm two-day event at Omaha Burke Stadium.
Boone Central took one of its larger contingents in recent years – 15 athletes – to the 2009 state track & field meet and had a very successful two days in Omaha.
“Going to the state track meet can be overwhelming for some, but it sure wasn’t for our kids that competed this past weekend,” said Cardinal Coach Kris Pestel. “Everyone gave great effort and challenged themselves to do their best.”
The Boone Central girls scored 20 points to finish 14th in the Class B team standings. The Cardinal boys did not garner any medals in 2009, but turned in numerous personal bests during the competition.
Pestel commented on Boone Central’s competitors:
“Megan Bygland had a fantastic weekend! She placed fifth in the 100 high hurdles with a time of 16.48 and sixth in the 300 lows while setting a new school record of 47.57. She was also a member of the medaling 4×100 relay team. Megan grew stronger all season and really peaked at the right time.
“Bobbi Beckwith also had a meet to remember. She was just out of the medals in the 400, finishing ninth in a season best 60.06, then came back to place third in the 200 in 26.12. She also anchored the medaling 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams. It was a very grueling, but satisfying two days for Bobbi.
“The girls 4×100 relay of Megan, Savannah Baker, Jaime Kennedy and Bobbi lowered its time each meet this season and really perfected their handoffs. They placed sixth in 51.38.
“The 4×400 relay ended the state meet with the competitive spirit our team has been noted for all year. The team of Breann Thorberg, Savannah, Chancee Nolan and Bobbi won the slower first heat to place fifth overall. They dropped their time by more than three seconds (4:09.34), just off the school record.
“Paige Kolm had personal bests in both the pole vault (8-6) and 1600 (5:43.36). Paige was a little banged up, but gave a gutsy performance!
“Halie Smith ran a personal best mile time in the first half of the 3200 meter run and finished with a personal best overall time of 12:09.58. She did a fantastic job in warm conditions.
“Savannah Baker came up just short of a long jump medal, finishing ninth with a best jump of 15-7¼. She also medaled on the two relays. Savannah has a great work ethic and always gives her best in practice and meets.
“Alicia Getzfred competed in the pole vault. She was close to a personal best and gained valuable experience. Emily Wells really went after things in the discus, but the warm, heavy air was not favorable for that event. She threw 105-9.
“Kalvin Zoucha was a strong competitor in his three events. He was just off a personal best in the 200 with a 23.99 and the discus with a mark of 138-2. He was also a member of the 4×100 relay.
“Kevin Krohn and Nathan Olson both set personal bests in the 300 intermediate hurdles. Nathan ran 42.76 and Kevin 42.81. They improved almost every time they ran this year and their competitive desire to beat each other made both of them better.
“Kevin Carder also had a personal best in the 3200 meter run with a 10:17.02. Kevin gets better and better – who knows where this will lead him next year.
“The boys 4×100 relay was comprised of Dustin Christo, Kevin Krohn, Nathan and Kalvin. They ran a very competitive race, just off their season best with a time of 45.66.”
Overall, Pestel felt the weekend culminated an exemplary season for the Card track and field teams.
“We are so proud of the accomplishments of our kids,” she praised. “Whether an experienced senior or an inexperienced freshman, ALL of our athletes competed with confidence, desire and a great deal of heart!
“Our kids had a great state track meet experience.”