And away they go!
The Boone Central Cardinals opened the 2021 track and field season in strong fashion Friday at the Wayne State College High School Outdoor Meet.
Boone Central athletes toted home eight gold medals from the competition and had another 13 runner-up performances, with veterans and newcomers alike contributing.
After a two-year wait, the Cardinals certainly appeared eager, and Coach Susan Roberts was pleased.
“We were really happy with our performances at Wayne. The kids were very focused and competitive,” Roberts lauded. “We saw some great improvements from our juniors and seniors, which we expected since we haven’t seen them compete for two years. We also saw several of our newcomers – both sophomores and freshmen – perform very well.
“The meet wasn’t scored, but when we look at our medalists we would have scored 120 points on the girls side and 128 on the boys side. We had a very balanced team performance, scoring in several jumps, throws, sprints and distance events.
“We’re excited to see where our kids can go from here,” Roberts said. “Above all else, we’re thankful for the opportunity to compete after losing the 2020 season. Our kids are hungry for competition and excited to be here, which will make for a fun season.”
Among experienced Cardinals who excelled right out of the chute were senior Ryan Kramer, 1st in the 110 meter high hurdles and 2nd in the 300 intermediates; senior Wyatt Nissen, 2nd in the 100 and 200 meter dashes; Sam Weeder, runner-up in the 800 meter run; Jordan Stopak, 2nd in the 1600 meters; senior Seth Wright, pole vault runner-up; junior Devon Luettel, 2nd in the discus, and senior Abby Brodersen, 3rd in the discus.
Then, talk about exploding on the scene! Several Boone Central youngsters made quite an impression in their high school debuts.
Freshman Ava Duerksen sprinted to gold in the 100 and 200 dashes, with soph Alicia Weeder 2nd in the 100; sophomore Jackson Roberts swept gold medals in the high jump and long jump, as well as placing 2nd to Kramer in the 110 highs; soph Alex Christo took 1st in the 800 meter run; freshman Ava Buhlmann was 100 meter high hurdle runner-up, and soph Ashlyn Krohn placed 3rd in the long jump.
Boone Central will next be in action Tuesday, March 30, at the Madison Triangular.
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