Open the history binder at Boone Central, it’s time to add a few new pages.
The Cardinals wrote another chapter in Boone Central annals Tuesday, May 9, winning the first boys district track and field championship in Boone Central school history at the B-4 District championships in Albion.
Paced by gold medal performances in four events and nine state track and field qualifiers, Boone outscored runner-up Pierce by 14 points to secure the historic triumph.
Cardinal senior Jake Daniels missed collecting B-4 gold by .05 of a second in the 100 meter dash, but will have his name added to the BC history ledger with a new school record time of 10.94.
In addition, the Lady Cardinals, though not deep enough to contend for a championship, had their own splendid day, winning two gold medals and qualifying eight athletes for this week’s Nebraska State Track/Field Championships.
It was enough to excite the head Cardinal.
“What a day! I cannot fully express how proud I am of our boys and girls!” exclaimed Boone Central Coach Susan Roberts. “Winning the first boys district championship in Boone Central history was a complete team effort, with points scored unexpectedly in various places. We got our big points where we expected to, but some extra points along the way from 4th-6th place finishes ended up lifting us over the competition.
“This was a team goal this season, and one we’re very proud to have accomplished. We qualified nine boys for state track and had 15 season-best performances, including one school record.”
Roberts also noted the accomplishments of the Boone Central girls in 2023.
“Our girls also had a great meet. To say they improved this season would be an understatement,” Roberts praised. “We talked about ‘righting the ship’ this season, being more competitive and getting girls to the state meet. We went from zero state qualifiers in 2022 to eight this year!
“We also had girls making finals and scoring points in unexpected places. We had 15 season-best performances, including Claire Primrose again improving her triple jump record to 35’5½.
“The girls wanted to improve their overall placing at conference and district this season, and we accomplished both of those goals. I’m happy for them and excited about the momentum we’ll be taking into next season.”
Boone Central qualifiers are competing in Class B at the Nebraska State Track/Field Championships May 17-18.
Further details and complete Cardinal B-4 results in Print & Online editions of News/Tribune