Cardinals take fourth in Wellsville
The Eudora High School track team took a step back Friday at the Redbud Classic in Wellsville.
The Cardinals, who have consistently been placing third or better across the board, didn't run to their potential at the 18-team meet, coach Dave Durkin said.
The boys accumulated just 47 points to finish fourth.
Baldwin City, which is the top school in the league, took first with a combined 112 points. The girls finished 13th with just 11 points. Louisburg, another top contender in the league, was first with 88.5 points.
The most notable performance for the Cardinals was that of the boys' 4x400-meter relay team. It finally broke the school record of 3:30.5 after striving for three years for the feat. The quad of junior Zac Tyler and seniors Brian Harris, Brett Becker and Aaron bristled a 3:28.5 mark, three seconds faster than second-place Wellsville, for the gold.
"They broke the school record and ran for their personal record," Durkin said. "I was very pleased with them. Other than that, though, it just didn't seem like anyone's heart was in it. And, the runners didn't really run to their potential."
The thrower's 4x100-meter relay team of seniors John Powers and Jonathan Clawson and juniors Wes Hinman and Jason Lister also finished first with a time of 47.2 seconds.
Eudora runners placed third or better in three other events.
Tyler was third in the 200-meter in 23.2 seconds.
Harris was third in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 41.7 seconds. Sophomore James Barr was also third in the 400-meter in 51.9.
In the throwing events, Eudora didn't place anyone higher than sixth.
In the other field events, junior Josh Bowser was fifth in the long jump with a jump of 19-11.75 inches. Junior Nate Cleveland vaulted 11-6 for fourth in the pole vault.
The girls' 4x100-meter relay was fourth in 53.8 seconds. The quad consisted of freshman Rachel Abel, junior Brandi Abel, sophomore Sarah Abel and freshman Tracine Bowling.
In the high jump, sophomore Jenny Durkin jumped 5-0 for fifth and 31-5 in the triple jump for the same place. Brandi Abel jumped 15-2 for sixth place in the long jump.
In the 400-meter, Sarah Abel ran a time of 1:04.3 for fifth. Junior Jill Abel was sixth in the 3200-meter run with a time of 13:30.2.
The Cardinals' next meet will be the Frontier League meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Gardner.