The Boone Central Cardinals hosted the annual Boone Central Invitational track and field event – and some strong competition – Tuesday, April 13, in chilly, breezy weather conditions.
The Card girls literally breezed to their second straight meet championship with a 184 point total. Pierce (134) edged Scotus (133) for runner-up honors. The Boone Central boys could not match powerful champion Pierce (195.75), but shaded Aquinas Catholic 137.5-136 in the battle for second place.
Cardinal Coach Susan Roberts was pleased with the performances of her athletes and looks forward to more tough competition this week as Boone Central prepares for the Mid-State Conference Championships May 1.
“Although the 9th/10th grade meet at Ord was cancelled Monday, we have the Grand Island Northwest Invite Thursday,” Roberts said. “That will be a good meet, as we’ll really get to see how our kids stack up to a lot of Class B competition.”
The Boone Central Lady Cardinals dominated their home invite by dominating their strongest events.
Samantha Weeder (12:51.83) nipped teammate Jordan Stopak (12.51.85) by a shoelace in the final strides of the 3200 meter run, and Stopak (5:50.78) handily won the 1600 meters. Samantha Weeder (2:37.08) placed third in the 800 meter run.
Ava Duerksen (13.14) was runner-up in the 100 meter dash, with Ashlyn Krohn (13.36) placing fourth, then took third in the 200 meter dash (28.17) ahead of teammates Mara Ranslem (4th, 28.32) and Alicia Weeder (5th, 28.92). Ava Buhlmann (50.24) captured the gold in the 300 meter hurdles and added a third place in the 100 hurdles (17.58).
For the second straight week, BC was outstanding in the relay events, winning the 4×100 (52.73), placing second in the 4×400 (4:21.13) and taking third in the 4×800 (11:44.39).
In field competition, Abby Brodersen was the shot put winner (34’11) and discus runner-up (109’3). The Cards also scored major points in the pole vault with Shalee Grape (8’) second, Sierra Kravig (7’6) third and Elle Webster (7’) fourth.
The Boone Central boys simply did not have the depth to contend with champ Pierce, especially missing injured Alex Christo, but had a number of banner performances.
Senior Wyatt Nissen continued to fly through his final high school campaign, winning the 100 meter dash (11.29) and 200 meter dash (23.45). Freshman teammate Parker Borer was the 200 runner-up (23.65) and third in the 100 (11.57). Ryan Kramer posted excellent times in the hurdle events, but could not quite match Aquinas standout Jake Witter. Kramer was runner-up in both the 110 highs (15.72) and 300 intermediates (41.23) by less than half a second. Jackson Roberts (41.91) was third in the 300 hurdles and Dustin Andreasen (43.20) fourth.
Kramer also placed second in the high jump with a leap of 6’. James Fogleman (39’6½) placed third in the triple jump and Seth Wright had a season-best 11’6 mark in the pole vault to take fifth.
Cards relay teams took gold in the 4×100 (44.57), placed third in the 4×400 (3:42.95) and ran fourth in the 4×800 (9:35.67).
Complete meet results in Print & Online editions of Albion News/Boone County Tribune