It’s often said that strong competition brings out the best in athletes.
That was certainly the case with the Boone Central track & field teams Thursday in Grand Island.
Despite windy, chilly weather conditions, the Cardinals faced the challenge of high-caliber competition in the Northwest Invite and responded with six event victories and 34 season-best performances.
The Lady Cardinals placed third in the team standings behind host G.I. Northwest and Holdrege, while the BC boys finished fifth in the tough field.
“The Northwest meet always brings two things – great competition and cold weather!” exclaimed Cardinal Coach Kris Pestel. “Overall, we are quite pleased with how the meet went. The boys had 21 season bests and the girls had 13.
“The competition in this meet is tremendous, therefore our performances are really put to the test. Both the boys and girls are doing a great job preparing in practice and getting everything they can out of themselves in meets.”
BC girls turned up the heat and won five events in Thursday’s competition, led once again by senior Jaime Kennedy.
Kennedy dashed to victories in the 100 meters (12.6) and 200 meters (26.0) – both times season and Albion News area bests.
Senior Breann Thorberg, along with placing second to Kennedy in the 200 (season best 26.5), won the 400 meter dash at Northwest, also with a season-best time (1:02.1).
Senior Kattie Cleveland, following in a long line of Lady Cardinal weight event champions, captured shot put honors with a season and News area best throw of 38’8¾. She also tossed a season and area best 124’3 in the discus, good for second place.
The Boone Central 4×100 meter relay also struck gold. Freshmen Olivia Slizoski and Dana Pelster teamed with Thorberg and Kennedy to run 51.31, just a fraction of a tick off their season best (51.30).
The Boone Central boys had one event champ, as senior Cole Luettel sailed a season and News area best 41’10 in the triple jump. Luettel also placed second in the high jump (5’10).
Complete Results in Print & Online Editions of Albion News.