Boone Central/Newman Grove took a sizeable step up in competition in its second outdoor track and field competition of the spring, with fairly impressive results April 2 in the Blue Devil Invite at Wayne.
The Cardinals placed third in the girls and boys team standings, along with combined team points, and won four individual events in a small, but tough field of competitors.
“The track teams had another good day in the Blue Devil Invite,” Cardinal Coach Justin DeWitt praised. “Lots of kids improved times and distances and placed well against tougher competition.
“The day started a little slow, with a surprise two inches of snow on the ground when we got to Wayne. But it quickly melted and turned into a decent day.”
Mid-State rival Pierce dominated the meet, winning girls, boys and combined championships, with Scotus placing second in the girls competition and Boys Town taking runner-up among boys teams.
Card senior Jon Merten was the only Cardinal to win a boys event, hitting the 50-foot mark in the shot put. In girls competition, junior Lauren Hedlund won the 200 meter dash (28.28), Samantha Weeder took first in the 800 meter run (2:32.91) and Jordan Soto-Stopak was the 3200 meter champ (12:40.64).
Boone Central/Newman Grove also had a number of runner-up performances, including Hedlund (100, 13.33), Merten (discus, 141’9), Dalton Rasmussen (shot put, 48’1½), Seth Wright (pole vault, 11’) and Ryan Kramer (300 hurdles, 43.30). The Cardinals also placed second in the 4×400 meter relay (4:30.12 – Hedlund/Autumn Simons/Weeder/Claire Weidner) and 4×800 meter relay (10:38.03 – Soto-Stopak/Simons/Weeder/Morgan Johnson).
Complete results in Print & Online editions of Albion News