Impressive performances in last Friday’s Northwest Invitational by Ryan Kramer and his Cardinal teammates proved to be just a warm-up.
Monday, Kramer took the annual Central Nebraska Track and Field Championships at Northwest High School by storm and turned heads around the state.
The Card senior reeled off the state’s fastest time of the season to win the 300 meter intermediate hurdles in the invitation-only event, snared a second gold medal by winning the 110 meter high hurdles, and added a third with a leg in Boone’s Central’s record-setting 4×100 meter relay victory. His 300 intermediate time of 40.32 was a full second faster than his previous season best, recorded Friday at Northwest.
For his efforts, Kramer was named the CNTC outstanding boys athlete.
Kramer, freshman Parker Borer, and seniors Seth Wright and Wyatt Nissen not only won the 4×100, but lowered the school record time they established Friday to 43.36.
The Lady Cardinals placed second in the 4×800 meter relay and tird in the 4×400 meter event, the BC boys took third in the 4×400 relay, and sophomore Jackson Roberts garnered third place in the 300 hurdles.
Quite a day for the Cardinals in a meet that features athletes in Classes B through D with the best times and marks in the central Nebraska area.
“We had a great showing at the CNTC, highlighted by our school record 4×100 performance and topped off with Ryan Kramer being awarded male athlete of the meet for his three gold medal performances,” praised Boone Central Coach Susan Roberts. “We had several other season best performances, including the girls and boys 4×400 relays, Autumn Simons in the 800 meters, and Ryan, Jackson and Dustin Andreasen in the 300 hurdles.
“This was a great opportunity for our kids. Our young kids got to experience the level of competition and competitiveness that we’ll be facing as we enter into our conference and district meets.
“I’m really proud of the way our kids competed and how the handled the pressure of a bigger stage.”
While Kramer was obviously happy with his performances, the senior standout also knows there is still work to be done ahead.
“It’s a good feeling because there’s been a lot of work put into it,” Kramer told reporters, regarding his three gold medals Monday. “Of course, the job’s not done yet, so I’ve just got to keep it going.
“I knew there was going to be a lot of good competition here, so I figured if I performed well that would give me some confidence to take into district.”
Consider it mission accomplished.
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