Boone Central’s Lady Cardinals took advantage of good running weather to win the team competition in Friday’s Boone Central Invitational at the Albion Country Club.
It was the first time Boone Central’s girls had won the annual season-opening event since 1982.
Although the BC boys did not have the team depth to challenge for a title, Bradley Schindel (6th) joined four Lady Cards recording top ten finishes. Jordan Stopak (4th), Morgann Johnson (6th), Alicia Weeder (7th) and Autumn Simons (8th) helped the Boone Central girls win with a 13-point cushion.
“I thought the kids did a great job competing in the first meet,” praised Boone Central Coach Justin Harris. “We were really excited to see how some of the runners would do in their first meet competition.
“We had many freshmen who were in their first 5K competition and many new runners who hadn’;t participated in the sport at all. There were many kids who improved their times from last year’s meet.”
Stopak, the 2018 Class C state runner-up, paced the Boone Central girls with a time of 20:02. Completing the Cardinals’ 21-point team score were Johnson (21:00), Weeder (21:06) and Simons (21:22).
Schindel led the Card boys with his time of 17:20. Will Grape (19:28) finished 38th, Harrison Dodds (19:36) 40th and Caleb Kohl (19:46) 45th, as Boone Central placed seventh with 116 team points. Columbus High (24) was the boys champion.