In just one week the Boone Central track and field teams will be off and running in a new spring season filled with hopes and high expectations.
Cardinal Coach Kris Pestel returns a solid core of veteran girls, including three performers who combined to set a trio of school records in the 2010 state meet, seeking a third consecutive Mid-State Conference championship.
The Boone Central boys do not possess the same experience or resume, but have good numbers with some young competitors who could break out in 2011.
Boone Central opens the season Tuesday, March 29, at the Madison Relays, then hosts the annual Mansfield Invitational for area schools Saturday, April 2.
Pestel is both optimistic and wary about the Lady Cardinals fortunes this spring.
“With the state qualifiers we return, we are very excited about the season, but at the same time, we are concerned with the limited number of athletes we have competing overall,” she commented. “We have a very solid core of girls returning with experience, but we’ll need to develop our younger athletes to help solidify all areas of our team.”
Boone Central will build around three runners who excelled in district and state competition a year ago, senior Bobbi Beckwith and juniors Jaime Kennedy and Breann Thorberg.
With more than 30 athletes competing, Boone Central will attempt to counter a lack of experience in boys competition this spring with numbers and talent development.
“We have a good number of athletes out, but return only one state qualifier this season, so the development of all our athletes will be the key to our success,” Pestel noted. “We are looking forward to a very competitive season with the depth we have in many areas.”
Sophomore sprinter Blake Slizoski heads the Cardinals after an excellent frosh campaign. Slizoski placed 4th in the 100 and 200 dashes at district and was the only Class B freshman competing in those events in the state meet.
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