STARS SHINE: Cardinals set two school records, Berger wins gold in 2022 CNTC

BC 4×400 (from left), Alex Christo, Parker Borer, Brant Benes, Jack Roberts

Each year the cream of the track and field crop from the state’s heartland area are invited to compete in the Central Nebraska Track Championships at Grand Island. No matter school size or competition class, athletes have a chance to measure their performances and establish themselves as district and state contenders.
Each year, Boone Central athletes and News/Tribune area standouts not only show they belong in that illustrious competition, they excel. Monday’s 2022 CNTC was no exception.
Boone Central competitors established two new school records while winning events and Riverside’s Tony Berger also captured gold.

“What a night!” Boone Central Coach Susan Roberts exclaimed. “Our kids came to Grand Island to compete!
“Of the 15 entries we had, seven had season or career bests, and four others were right at season best marks. In a meet where only the top three medal we brought home medals in five events. The highlight of the night, though, was setting two all-time Albion/Petersburg/Boone Central school records in the 300 hurdles and 4×400 relay!
“Needless to say, we are really proud of the way our kids competed – all 15 of them!”
Highlights indeed.
Card junior Jackson Roberts renewed his hurdle battle with Central City’s Tyler Carroll after the pair faced off in last Thursday’s Dave Gee Invitational. Monday’s results mirrored Thursday’s with even lower times.
Although Carroll (14.53) topped Roberts (14.89) in the 110 highs, the Boone standout won the 300 intermediates in a 2022 News/Tribune area best and all-time Cardinal record 39.62 (previously held by 2021 Nebraska all-class champion Ryan Kramer).
Roberts wasn’t finished. He teamed with fellow Cards Alex Christo, Parker Borer and Brant Benes to win the 4×400 meter relay, etching their names in the Cardinal record book with a time of 3:28.42. That clocking lowered the quartet’s 2022 News/Tribune area best by nearly five seconds and broke the previous Albion (Kendrick/Seier/Brown/Gragert, 3:29.6) and Boone Central (Kramer/Nelson/Backus/Glidden, 3:30.28) school standards.
Christo also placed third in a scintillating 800 meter run that saw GICC’s Ben Alberts (1:55.83) break the meet record. Christo’s 2:00.42 clocking took two seconds off his News/Tribune area best.
Boone Central’s final medal was won by the girls 4×100 meter relay, as KayLee Miller, Ashlyn Krohn, Mara Ranslem and Penelope Dozler placed third and lowered their News/Tribune area best to 51.11.

Cardinals weren’t the only News/Tribune area athletes flying high in the CNTC Monday.
Riverside standout Tony Berger won a gold medal with a triple jump of 44’3¼ – tieing his News/Tribune area best. He was also runner-up in the long jump (21’11) and joined Charger teammates Andrew Krick, Jack Molt and Carson Bloom to place fourth in the 4×100 meter relay with a News/Tribune area best time of 44.93.

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