The Boone Central Cardinals faced the best track and field competition they have seen to date April 6 in the Wayne Blue Devil Invitational and fared extremely well.
In fact, the Lady Cardinals were the best.
Boone Central won the girls team championship, finishing 11 points in front of Scotus. The Cardinal boys had a solid third place performance, just two points behind runner-up Boys Town.
The Card efforts left Coach Susan Roberts pleased as the season reaches its mid-point.
“We saw the toughest competition to date and performed well,” Roberts acknowledged. “We had some really strong marks for this time of the season and competed really well.
“Our girls won with very balanced scoring in both the track and field events. The boys came up just short of Boys Town for runner-up.
“We’re happy overall with the effort and competitiveness we’re seeing from our kids.”
Those efforts included deep scoring by the Cardinal girls and five gold medals.
Boone Central swept the distance events, Sam Weeder winning the 1600 meter run (5:51.93), Jordan Stopak running first in the 3200 meter run (13:03.63), and the quartet of Stopak, Alicia Weeder, Mazie Beister and Sam Weeder topping the 4×800 meter relay field (10:42.33).
The Cardinals also won the 4×100 meter relay in 52.9 with the team of Alicia Weeder, Ashlynn Krohn, Mara Ranslem and Ava Duerksen, and the group of Alicia Weeder, Autumn Simons, Duerksen and Sam Weeder placed 2nd in the 4×400 (4:23.02).
Duerksen added big points in the sprints, placing 2nd in the 100 meter dash (13.10) and 3rd in the 200 meter dash (26.94). Ava Buhlmann took 3rd in the 300 meter low hurdles (50.32) and 4th in the 100 highs (18.81).
Abby Brodersen led the Cards in field events, winning the shot put with a throw of 35’3½. Shalee Grape was the pole vault runner-up (8’) and Ranslem placed 3rd in the high jump (4’8).
The Boone Central boys, while not quite as deep as the Lady Cardinals, had some outstanding top end performances, led by the trio of Ryan Kramer, Wyatt Nissen and Jackson Roberts. Kramer won the 110 meter high hurdles (15.73) and high jump (6’2), and placed 2nd in the 300 meter hurdles (42.28). Nissen sprinted to a runner-up finish in the 100 meter dash (11.43) and was 3rd in the 200 meter dash (22.73), and Roberts placed 2nd in the 110 highs (15.83) and high jump (6’), and 3rd in the long jump (20’2).
The Card relay team of Parker Borer, Kramer, Seth Wright and Nissen won the 4×100 meter event (44.24) and Dustin Andreasen was right behind Kramer in the 300 hurdles, placing third in 43.10.
Complete results in Print & Online editions of Albion News/Boone County Tribune