On Saturday, April 28, the BDS track teams went to Osceola to compete in the Crossroads Conference Track and Field Championships. The boys ended up seventh in a strong 11-team field, while for the third year in a row, the girls were able to claim the championship. The victory wasn’t secured util the very last race of the da when the girls 1600 meter relay team of Christy Swartzendruber, Jill Schroeder, Taylor Houck and Kalli Schroeder ran a season’s best time of 4:27.6 to finish fourth and to allow their squad to hold on for a slim three-point win over runner-up Giltner.
The girls had another strong performance from senior Shelby Garland as she raced to three individual gold medals and broke her own school record in the 400 meter dash with a time of 61.2 to take second in that race. Shelby won the 100-meter dash in a time of 12.9 and then had two season bests as she won the 200-meter dash in 26.4 and the long jump with a leap of 16’8″.
For the second meet in a row, Kalli Schroeder broke two school records, both in events where she is the current school record holder. She finished runner-up in the 1600 with a time of 5:53.6 and she took third in the 800 with a time of 2:36.3. Taylor Houck brought home another second as she took the silver in the 100 hurdles and ran to a personal best 52.4 in the 300 hurdles to finish fourth.
Kristin Troyer added two personal best marks of her own as she finished third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 51.8, and took fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 31’11.5. Johannah Kluck established her personal best in the 3200 with a time of 14:35.4 to take fifth and Ashley Hinrichs ran to a sixth place medal in the 3200 as well.
Earlier, Ashley was joined by Christy Swartzendruber, Jennifer Mick and Cynthia Mick in the 3200 relay where they finished fourth. Jill Schroeder took fourth in the triple jump as well.
The boys were paced by Luke Christensen’s three medal performances as he finished third in the 200, fifth in the 100 and then teamed with Kendrick Holeman, Nathan Hendrickson, and Grant Norder to take third in the 400 relay The boys pole vaulters provided some points to the total as Alberto Gamboa took third place and Blake Stengel finished sixth. Nolan Schroeder continued his late season run as he brought home two medals with a fifth place toss in the shot put and a six