The annual Jerry Seier Memorial Quad, falling between conference and district track & field meets, allows athletes one final chance to fine-tune their performances before the all-important state qualifying competitions.
With talented Columbus Scotus teams in attendance Tuesday, May 4, at the Boone Central Athletic Field in Albion, Cardinal athletes were able to get a good measure on their readiness for this week’s district event.
Although the Shamrocks won the team race in both girls and boys divisions, Boone Central competitors recorded numerous season bests while winning seven individual events and two relays.
“This was the final chance to better our marks before the district meet,” commented Cardinal Coach Kris Pestel. “The kids did a great job, setting 35 season bests in this meet.
“Seven came in the boys 1600 meter run and another four in the boys 3200. All of the kids continue to work hard, which is helping to improve our overall team.
“The competition we have daily in practice against each other is definitely helping our team at meets,” she noted. “Hopefully, this hard work the kids have put in all season will pay off with each athlete having their best performance in the district meet and, maybe, carrying them to the state meet in Omaha.”
A strong Scotus squad scored 123 points to win the girls competition. Boone Central, Mid-State Conference champs a week earlier, scored 90 points to place second, followed by Elkhorn Valley (25) and Lakeview (19).
Scotus also won the boys division with a 123.5 point total. The Cardinals were second with 59, trailed by Lakeview (47.5) and Elkhorn Valley (29).
Senior Megan Bygland was on top of her game, winning two events for the Boone Central girls. Bygland dashed to 1st place in the 100 meter high hurdles, matching her season-best time of 16.0, and won the 300 meter low hurdles with a 2010 best clocking of 48.5.
Senior Kevin Carder accomplished the same feat in boys competition, recording season-best marks of 4:45.9 and 10:19.6 while winning the 1600 and 3200 meter runs, respectively.
Also winning individual events for the Cardinals were junior Bobbi Beckwith in the 200 meter dash (26.4), junior Sara Wells in the shot put (36’3½) and junior Trey Sorell in the high jump (2010 best 5’10).
Boone Central nearly swept the 4-x-100 meter relays in both divisions, as well. The girls team of Jaime Kennedy, Savannah Baker, Breann Thorberg and Beckwith was two ticks off its season best while edging Scotus (51.5). The Cardinal boys squad of Jerad McLean, Blake Slizoski, Lane Anderson and Nathan Olson matched its 2010 low of 46.6, but was nipped at the tape by Scotus.
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