Cardinal track team shines in first meet
Eudora's freshmen/sophomore boys track team ran away with five first-place finishes Monday at DeSoto.
"We had several champions which definitely vaulted the team," said Phil Katzenmeier, assistant track coach.
"Those who won also scored in more than just that event."
Team scoring was not kept at the meet, but Katzenmeier was certain his team finished near the top with 115 points. He said if the team didn't finish first, it was in the hunt for a top placing.
Sophomore Dustin Moyer, who finished with two firsts, a second and a third in his events, agreed.
"I think we had a good shot at first," he said "We definitely would have finished in the top three."
Four of Eudora's five first-place finishes were earned by individuals at the meet. The fifth was earned by the 4x100-meter relay team.
Individually, sophomore Joe Born threw the discus a distance of 43 feet, 7 inches for his win. Moyer threw the javelin 144-5.
"My javelin throw needs to go up, and I need to get my steps down better for the hurdles," he said. "I did as well as I expected this meet."
Freshman Joey Donahue swept the long jump with a mark of 17-11 and sophomore Seth Mullis leaped 39-2 in the triple jump. The relay of Mullis, Moyer, Donahue and freshman Mark Lister earned a 47.19 mark for the victory.
"Our 4x100 team needs to work on hand-offs a lot," Moyer said. "We ran really well and will only get better as the season goes on. We did well as a team all over."
About half the points, 63, came from fielding events.
"I think we competed very well," Katzenmeier said. "As a unit, there's gonna be a few of these guys that may be held out of freshmen/sophomore meets later. We'll just have to see how they progress."
The Cardinals placed and scored in all but three events.
"We had a good balance," Katzenmeier said. "I didn't see any glaring weaknesses."
Moyer also finished second in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 17.78. He took third in the 300-meter high hurdles in 47.6.
Sophomore James Barr was another top contender for the Cardinals with two second-place finishes. In the 800-meter, he finished the route in 2:15.3. Barr ran the 1600-meter in 5:15.4.