Cardinals step up to Gee Invite competition

When the going gets tough, you need to be tougher.
A number of Boone Central Cardinals certainly were Thursday, stepping up their performances in the ultra-competitive Dave Gee Invitational track and field competition at Northwest High School.
Although Boone did not have the depth to compete for team titles, many Cardinals produced their best efforts of the season and certainly made their mark in Grand Island.
“The boys and girls had a great day at Northwest. We had a huge number of season-best marks – a total of 40 between the boys and girls,” Cardinal Coach Susan Roberts commented. “We got up against the best competition we’ve seen so far and our kids responded well.
“Now we spend this week prepping for the conference meet Saturday. Fifteen of our kids also qualified for the Central Nebraska Track Championships in Grand Island Monday and were again tested against the best in the central Nebraska area.”
While the Boone Central boys placed third in the team standings with 68 points and the Card girls ninth (21.33 points), they did bring home two event championships.
Jack Roberts continued an outstanding season by winning the 300 meter hurdles in an Albion News/Boone County Tribune area best time of 40.55 (down from previous best of 42.16 and one of top Class B times in state). Roberts also joined Parker Borer, Alex Christo and Brant Benes to win the 4×100 meter relay in a News/Tribune area best 3:33.19 (down from 3:34.26).
Roberts added a runner-up finish in the 110 meter high hurdles (14.90) and Christo took third in a tough 800 meter run with a News/Tribune best of 2:02.06 (down from 2:04.82). Jaxon Lipker raised his News/Tribune season best from 6’2 to 6’3, placing second in the high jump. James Fogleman took third in the triple jump with a season best 41’2½.
In the girls competition, the Cardinal 4×100 meter relay of KayLee Miller, Ashlyn Krohn, Mara Ranslem and Penelope Dozler placed second, lowering the News/Tribune area best time to 51.53 (from 52.25).
Ava Buhlmann also lowered the area best 300 meter hurdle clocking to 49.74 (from 51.63), placing third. Buhlmann was fourth in the 110 meter hurdles (17.74). Krohn established a new News/Tribune area best of 13.07 in the 100 meter dash while placing fifth in the event. Ranslem narrowly missed a top-six place in the 400 meter dash, but brought the News/Tribune area best time down to 1:05.09.

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