Kramer All Class Gold Highlights Boone Central State Athletic Performance

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Buss Photography

The Boone Central Cardinals wrapped up a standout 2021 high school track and field season, which included women’s championships in the Mid-State Conference and District B-4, at the Nebraska State Track and Field Championships in Omaha on Friday and Saturday May 21 and 22.
After a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teams returned to competition this spring and put a final stamp on a compensatory campaign with the colorful circus of athletic exploits at famed Burke Stadium.
The Cardinals joined in those feats of speed, strength, agility and mental acumen, as nine Boone Central athletes won 11 state medals.
This included the most coveted medal in Nebraska athletics – all-class gold.
Boone Central senior Ryan Kramer, saving his best for last, capped his Cardinal athletic career on Saturday with a win in the Class B 300-meter intermediate hurdles. By winning that race, Kramer earned the 2021 all-class gold medal in that event, lowering his best time in the Albion News/Boone County Tribune area and in Nebraska State to 39.66. It’s also a new Boone Central school record and the fastest 300-meter hurdles time in Albion/Petersburg/Boone Central history. The gold medal is the first Boone Central Class B gold on the boys since 2000 and the first Cardinal All Class gold since 1945.
It wasn’t Kramer’s only highlight at the state championships, just his best. The decorated senior also placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles, running the race just 20 minutes after helping the Cardinals to sixth in the 4×100-meter relay.
Although tired, Kramer was obviously delighted with his final performance.
“I knew I could do it. I knew I had the potential to do it, so I just believed in myself,” Kramer told reporters. “It’s the best feeling ever. The best thing I could ask for.
Joining Kramer on the 4×100 meter relay were fellow seniors Wyatt Nissen and Seth Wright, and freshman Parker Borer. Their time of 43.94 was just off their season and Albion News/Boone County Tribune area best (43.36). It took a season and the News/Tribune region’s best time of 10:00.88 for the Boone Central foursome of Jordan Stopak, Alicia Weeder, Autumn Simons and Sam Weeder to place fifth in the women’s 4×800 meters relay Friday.
Card sophomore Jackson Roberts was Boone Central’s last winner, taking seventh place in the 300-meter hurdles.
“We competed well and performed well against another very competitive Class B field,” said Boone Central coach Susan Roberts. “We had seven best marks of the season, underlined by Ryan’s all-round gold medal.
“Ryan has had a great season and has made great improvements since his second year. I’m really happy for him to end his career with such a great performance in all of his events.
“That really goes for all of our seniors. They were not only great leaders for subclasses in competition and scoring, but also fair in the daily training routine. Sam, Jordan, Autumn, Wyatt and Seth, along with our seniors who were not state qualified, did a great job leading our team. They had a great impact on our program and will be missed.
The finished season was obviously a success, and Roberts thinks the future of Cardinal athletics is bright as well.
“It’s been a really fun season. I think our kids have been competing really well all season and making good steady improvements,” Card’s mentor said. “There’s been a big learning curve for the majority of our kids, having missed last season due to COVID, so I’m really happy with where all of our kids ended up and can’t wait to see what kind of improvements we can continue to make with our pennies -classes in the future.
But that can wait. Right now, it’s time to savor the exploits and accomplishments of 2021 – medals, tag team championships, state meets, records and the ultimate – All Class Gold.

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