EHS track team riding the wave of success
Things just keep getting better for the Eudora High School track team.
The Cardinals added to their already-impressive season Friday at Silver Lake as the boys finished first out of eight teams, with 151 points. The next closest team was Jefferson North with a team score of 115.
The girls finished fifth with 62 points. Perry was first with 112 points.
"Running-wise, it was the best meet of the season," Coach Dave Durkin said.
Many Cardinal runners recorded personal best times during the meet.
Junior Zac Tyler, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, earned personal best times with a 22.66 mark in the 200-meter and a 50.86 time in the 400-meter.
Tyler was surprised he ran so well.
"There were a lot of fast guys there who really pushed me," Tyler said. "I felt really good that day. I was really surprised with my overall performances. I didn't think I had it in me."
Junior Josh Bowser finished fourth in the 200-meter with a time of 24.17.
Tyler also ran a leg in the 4x100 relay and the 4x400 relay Friday. Both the relay teams earned season bests. The 4x400 relay team of Tyler and seniors Brian Harris, Brett Becker and Aaron Slavin finished first in 3:30.55. The team is approaching the school record of 3:30.4.
In the 4x100, Tyler, junior Cody Lauber, sophomore Seth Mullis and Bowser combined for a second-place finish in 44.83.
The 4x800-meter relay squad of sophomores James Barr, Chris Pittman, Mike Cripps and senior Martin Krumbach also earned a first-place finish with a time of 9:00.
In the 1600-meter run, Slavin earned the stadium record, meet record and his season-best time. He finished the four laps in 4:37.89 for first place. Second-place finisher Keen Umbehr, Wabaunsee, trailed by about nine seconds.
In the 100-meter dash, Bowser and Lauber finished second and third respectively. Bowser posted an 11.59 time for second place. Lauber was third with 11.65.
Harris and Becker secured the top two spots in the intermediate hurdles. Harris was first in 41.92 and Becker second in 43.46. In the high hurdles, Becker was second in 16.56 and senior Steve Krutz was fourth in 16.95.
Senior Martin Krumbach finished first in the 3,200 with a time of 11:18. The second place time was 11:31.76.
"He's just now figuring out what to do in the event," Durkin said.
The Cardinals also fared well in the field events. Bowser jumped 19 feet 10 inches for second place in the long jump. Lauber threw the javelin 156-9 for second place.
Mullis was second with a time of 12.12 in the 100-meter. Pittman was second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:18.53. Freshman Mark Lister ran the 200-meter in 24.15 for first place.
Freshman Jeff Jones was second in the 3200 in 12:18. Freshman Ian Mater was second in 12:28.44. Freshman Brian Schiller vaulted 10-6 in the pole vault for second place.
Mullis tied the meet record and earned first with a jump of 39-1/4 in the triple jump.
The 4x400 JV relay team of Barr, Pittman, Lister and freshman Joey Donahue tied the meet record of 3:40.31 for first place.
The junior varsity boys also finished first with 131 points, seven in front of Perry-Lecompton.
The girls also competed well at the Silver Lake meet, the coach said.
"The girls times are dropping each meet," Durkin said. Freshman Rachel Abel finished second in the 200-meter with a time of 27.59.
Both girls' relay teams placed third at Silver Lake. In the 4x100, Rachel, Brandi and Sarah Abel and freshman Tracine Bowling ran the relay in 53.99. The 4x400 with Rachel and Sarah Abel, Bowling and sophomore Kelly Campbell earned a mark of 4:25.
Sarah Abel was first in the 400-meter in 65.51. Campbell was second in 68.59.
The next Varsity track meet is at 4:30 p.m. Friday in Wellsville at the Redbud Classic. The meet will be the largest that the Cardinals have competed in so far this season, with 16-18 schools competing.
"I think it will be typical of any meet," Durkin said. "It doesn't make any difference who's there. The kids will still have to run. So, we'll just have to see what kind of challenge we're in for. If they haven't stepped up yet, now's the time to do so."