Cardinal track team starts strong
Eudora track coach Dave Durkin was pleased with his team's first meet at the Snowball Relays in Wellsville Tuesday.
Why shouldn't he be? The boys team finished second, with 114-1/3 team points, and the girls took fifth, with 56.5 points, out of eight schools.
The boys received six first place finishes and placed fourth or better in 16 other events.
"We had a lot of good first-time performances at this meet.
Durkin said the boys did a good job in the fielding events. Junior Cody Lauber finished first in the javelin with a distance of 166 feet, 5 inches.
Junior Jason Burrous took fifth with a distance of 143. Sophomore Dustin Moyer came in sixth with 134-8 1/2. Sophomore Joe Born threw the shotput 41-11, for a fourth place finish. Senior Jonathan Clawson took sixth in the discus with a distance of 119-3.
In the jumping events, junior Josh Bowser took first in the long jump, 20-5 1/2, which was almost a foot farther than the second place finisher.
"Josh had a really good jump on a cold day," Durkin said.
Freshman Joey Donahue jumped 19-4 1/2 for fourth in the long jump.
In the triple jump, senior Sean Mullis went 39-6 to finish fourth.
In the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, senior Brian Harris and senior Brett Becker finished second and third, respectively. Harris ran the course in 43.1 seconds, a fraction of a second behind the first place finisher from Santa Fe Trail. Becker was .2 behind Harris.
"It's really going to help them this season being so close and competitive," Durkin said.
Senior Aaron Slavin, a state returnee, swept the mile with a time of 4 minutes, 50 seconds. The time was slower than he normally runs, but Durkin was pleased with his finish. Slavin also took third in the 800-meter with a finishing time of 2.06.
"I thought Aaron did a good job in the half mile," Durkin said.
Junior Zac Tyler finished fourth in the 400-meter run in .53. The winner from Louisburg finished in 52.2.
The boys' 4x400-meter relay team ran the relay in 3:37.6 for first place.
Juniors Jason Lister and Cody Lauber and seniors John Powers and Jonathan Clawson were very pleased with their go in the throwers relay. The four posted a time of 48.2, for a first-place finish.
"They had a ball," Durkin said. "It was really fun."
As a whole, Durkin was pleased with the outing.
The girls especially impressed Coach Durkin.
"Jiminy, they sure can score some points," the coach said. "I can tell there's a big difference from last year's team."
Sophomore Jenny Durkin jumped 4-8 in the high jump for third place. However, Dave Durkin said she has the potential to make it 5-2 when her take off for the jump is timed better.
Junior Lacy Deathe vaulted 7' in the pole vault, placing third.
Sophomore Sarah Abel finished third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 19.1.
"She ran really well and looked really good," Coach Durkin said.
The girls' 4x100-meter relay team finished second in 55.2. Sarah Abel, freshman Rachel Abel, junior Brandi Abel and freshman Tracine Bowling made up the relay team.
In the triple jump, Brandi Abel jumped 30-4.75 for second place. Jenny Durkin finished fourth, 30-2.5.
"Everybody's been working hard," the coach said. "Coming off the break was a little tough. From now until May, we are going to set our standard high and continue to improve. The kids still aren't really in track shape.
"They're not conditioned to run three or four races at a meet. With some hard work, they will be."
Eudora's next meet is Friday at Baldwin City.