Spring has not yet sprung in earnest, but track and field teams around Nebraska have forged a start to the 2022 season the past several weeks.
Athletes are establishing base times and marks, laying the foundation for future improvement and success as the weather warms and competition ramps up.
Following a start in the season-opening Wayne State Invite and last Tuesday’s Madison Triangular, Boone Central hosted the enhanced Mansfield Invitational Thursday with Wisner-Pilger, Twin Loup and Norfolk High JVs joining past meet participants Boone Central, Fullerton, Schuyler and Spalding Academy.
Cardinal Coach Susan Roberts has been pleased with the way her charges have opened in 2022, despite some challenging weather conditions this past week.
“We again saw some good early marks – most of the kids seeing improvement over these past two meets, which is exactly what we are looking for early in the season,” Roberts said. “More important than that, we’re happy to see our kids being competitive, whether getting out early in a race or fighting hard to catch someone at the end. We are seeing what we hoped in the field events, as well. Steady progress and picking up where we left off last year after missing the 2020 season.”
While happy with the first two weeks, Roberts says it is now time for the Cardinals to take a step up – in competition and performance.
“The boys have dominated the three meets we have been in thus far, but will be tested in our next two varsity meets,” Roberts noted. “We’re looking forward to seeing how we stack up against some bigger teams. The girls have held their own and also outscored opponents in each meet thus far.
“We’re starting to figure out where everyone should be competing and hope to continue to see good improvement the next couple of weeks.”
Complete Cardinal meet results in Print & Online editions of Albion News/Boone County Tribune