TIME OUT with Joe Flanagan


We have witnessed a golden period of Lady Cardinal athletics in recent years.
Medals, trophies, unprecedented achievements.
The Boone Central girls golf team has captured a record-setting three consecutive Class C state championships on the links.
The Lady Card girls basketball program has produced the best stretch in school history, with conference and district championships, state tournament appearances and a school-best third-place finish in 2012.
Now, you can add a fourth straight Mid-State Conference track & field title to the list.
That’s right – four in a row for the Lady Cardinals! Think about that for a minute. This year’s seniors, during their high school track & field careers, have never competed in a Mid-State event they didn’t win.
Truly remarkable!

This championship was truly driven by a core of seasoned senior competitors.
What better way to bow out of Mid-State competition than winning the maximum number of gold medals available to an individual in one meet?
Gold in the 100 meter dash. Gold in the 200. Gold in the 400. Gold in the 4×100.
Well done Jaime Kennedy. A brilliant day. A splendid career.
The Boone Central girls program has had a long run of prominent weight event performers – and 2012 was no exception. Seniors Kattie Cleveland and Maria Glidden have pushed each other throughout the season, trading places at or near the top of each meet’s standings.
After Cleveland struck for double gold a week ago in the prestigious Central Nebraska Track Championships, it was Glidden’s turn Saturday, edging her teammate for top Mid-State honors in the shot put and discus.
Dynamic duo indeed!
Senior Breann Thorberg knows a thing or two, and more, about gold medals. Not only a part of the four conference track & field title teams, Thorberg owns three state golf championship medals. Saturday, she draped one more gold around her neck in the 4×100 relay, added silver in the 200 dash, bronze in the 400, and ran a leg on the fourth-place 4×400 relay for good measure.
There’s no championship without that inspired contribution.

Yet, it took more than just those leaders to secure title number four by a margin of six points. As always, a team championship is a team championship, and it required the efforts of some younger Cardinals, as well.
In fact, three freshmen made key contributions. Dana Pelster and Olivia Slizoski ran legs on the winning 4×100 relay and Pelster was part of the 4×400 team that took fourth place. Frosh Kendra Gonzalez tacked on a point in the 1600 meter run and was part of the fourth-place 4×800 relay. Junior Terri Molt scored in the long jump and 4×800 relay. Juniors Jade Gottier and Rachel Lee and sophomore Anna Goodwater provided relay points.
All Cardinal team members, point scorers and non, had a hand in this achievement, pushing teammates in practice and meets, supporting and encouraging.
Nine gold medals. Twenty-three conference medals. Twenty-two season-best performances. One big trophy!
Special stuff Lady Cards!