Cards beat weather, foes in WSC indoor track/field

Track and field teams found a way to foil uncooperative Mother Nature Saturday, competing in the Wayne State College High School DI Meet at the Wayne State Rec Center.
The Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals used the early-season test to good advantage, recording six first-place performances and a number of place-winning efforts.
“The kids competed really well and brought home six gold medals and 32 total medals,” Cardinal Coach Justin DeWitt acknowledged.
Senior Jett Stuhr mined dual gold, with victories in the 400 meter dash (57.18) and triple jump (39’9.5). Senior Jon Merten (49’) led a 1-2 shot put finish for the Cardinals, with senior teammate Dalton Rasmussen (48’8) scant inches behind. Sophomore Ryan Kramer posted BCNG’s other victory in boys competition, clearing 5’6 in the high jump.
Samantha Weeder opened her 2019 season with a dominant victory in the 800 meter dash (2:32.46) and fellow soph Jordan Soto-Stopak claimed top honors in the 1600 meter run (6:08.89).
Weeder also placed third in the high jump (4’8). Also earning places for the Cards in girls competition were: Autumn Simons (800, 3rd, 2:48.65), Stephanie Wright (triple jump, 3rd, 30’2.5), Leighann Miller (shot put, 3rd, 35’10), Avery Olnes (55 hurdles, 4th, 10.12), Shalee Grape (pole vault, 5th, 6’6), Mardee Berger (triple jump, 5th, 28’10), Morgann Johnson (1600, 6th, 6:50.63), Lauren Pugh (800, 6th, 2:57.46).
BCNG’s 4×400 meter relay team of Soto-Stopak, Simons, Weeder and Claire Weidner placed 4th (4:54.15), as did the 4×800 quartet of Tessa Hamling, Morgann Johnson, Pugh and Weidner (12:07.30).
Other Cardinals with placing efforts on the boys side were: Braden Benes (long jump, 2nd, 18’7), Kramer (55 hurdles, 3rd, 9.02), Carsten Bird (high jump, 3rd, 5’4; 1600, 4th, 5:39.45), Dylan Korth (pole vault, 3rd, 9’6), Dustin Andreason (triple jump, 3rd, 36’8.25), Gavin Stuhr (200, 4th, 26.30), Scott Wright (3200, 4th, 12:38.73; pole vault, 5th, 9’6), Wyatt Nissen (55, 6th, 7.08), Cody Maricle (triple jump, 6th, 35’).
Boone Central/Newman Grove (Jett Stuhr, Korth, Kramer, Nissen) placed third in the 4×160 indoor relay (1:23.86), and the Cards’ 4×400 team of Benes, Carson Maricle, Cody Maricle and Gavin Stuhr took fifth (4:07.20).
Boone Central/Newman Grove is scheduled to begin its 2019 outdoor track/field season in a triangular at Madison Tuesday, March 26.