Cardinals get second at Eudora Invitational
Tonganoxie emerged from a sea of red jerseys, worn by five of the nine schools, to win the boys and girls divisions Friday at the Eudora Invitational, the first meet of the season at Laws Field. Tonganoxie defeated Eudora 107-90, but the Cards managed to win a tight race over Osawatomie, 87, and Perry-Lecompton, 85. The Eudora girls team defeated the fourth-place Kaws three days after they enjoyed a landslide victory over the Cards in Perry.
"This was probably more competitive all the way through (than Tuesday's meet)," said coach Dave Durkin. "We were a lot closer to Perry (in boys), and we beat Perry by nine today in girls."
Sophomore Rachel Abel won the girls 200-meter dash in 28.02 seconds and finished second in the 100 with a time of 13.29. Senior Brandi Abel took sixth in the 200, 29.07. The girls 400-meter relay team, Rachel Abel, Brandi Abel and sophomores Tracine Bowling and Jodi Wingebach, posted its best time of the season, 53.50, but placed second to Anderson County, 53.09.
Junior Jenny Durkin, whose 5-4 high jump at Wellsville's Snowball Relays qualified her for the Kansas Relays, won the high jump event Friday with a 5-2 effort.
Durkin, who qualified for the state meet the last two years, will make her debut at the Relays Saturday morning. She will be the only Eudora athlete competing at the Relays.
"It's awesome," she said. "I've always wanted to go. It's kind of like going to state. I want to get 5-4, and my season goal is 5-6."
Eudora junior Dustin Moyer won the javelin throw with a 171-foot throw, a 14-foot improvement over his throw Tuesday at Perry-Lecompton. Moyer, who was named to the all-state 4A football team last fall, said winning his first varsity track and field event Friday ranked among his top athletic achievements. Moyer, who also competes in the hurdles events, uses medicine ball workouts to prepare for the javelin throw.
"It is a big step, and hopefully I can keep improving," Moyer said. "Having my best throw in front of the home crowd is pretty cool."
Eudora will play host to the Cardinal Relays this Friday at Laws Field. The 27th Cardinal Relays will feature Eudora, Baldwin, Tonganoxie, Sabetha, Perry-Lecompton, De Soto, Kansas City Christian and Immaculata. Unlike the Eudora Invitational, only the top three athletes from each school may enter an event. In the sprinting events, only the top two competitors will enter.
Coach Durkin expects the Cardinal Relays to prepare his squad for the rest of the season.
"It will be another quality meet," Durkin said. "It will be good for us and good for our kids."
In other track results:
Senior Elizabeth Rowland finished sixth in the shot put, 28-10. Freshman Sarah Braught took sixth in the discus with a throw of 82-1. Brandi Abel jumped 30-7 in the triple jump for a sixth-place spot, and freshman Brooke Bell took sixth in the 300-m low hurdles with a time of 54.05.
Freshman Julie White, 14-2 3/4, and Brandi Abel, 14-2 1/2, placed second and third, respectively, in the long jump.
Senior Jill Abel scored a third-place finish, 14:18.60 seconds, in the 3,200 while junior Sarah Abel's 1:06.88 time was good enough for a fifth-place finish in the 400. Katzfey took sixth, 1:09.27.
The 3200 relay team took fourth, 11:32.48, as well as the 1,600 relay team, 4:37.17.
The Eudora boys scored 97 points but finished behind Tonganoxie, 114 points, and Perry-Lecompton, 106. Osage City finished a distant fourth with 63 points and Osawatomie rounded out the top five with 56.
Jenny Durkin also took home a third-place finish in the triple jump, 31 1/2, while sophomore Anna Fernandez posted a third-place effort in the pole vault, 6-6. Sophomore Erin Katzfey placed fourth in the high jump, 4-6, and senior Melissa Steel picked up a fifth- place finish in the javelin, 90-7.
Senior Chris Rose threw 132-5 for a fifth-place finish in the javelin event while senior Wes Hinman placed fourth in the discus, 120 feet. His classmate, Dustin Evinger, threw 115-7 for sixth place.
The 400 relay team, seniors Josh Bowser and Zac Tyler, and sophomores Joey Donahue and Mark Lister, gained revenge on Perry-Lecompton with a 44.88 first-place effort. The relay team lost to the Kaws at the Perry-Lecompton Invitational three days earlier.
Members of the 400 relay team also excelled in other events Friday. Bowser placed second in the 100, 11.59, and Lister finished in fourth, 11.74. Tyler finished second in the 200, 23.48, and third in the 400, 53.05. Lister was two spots behind Tyler in the 200 with a time of 23.91. Donahue scored a third-place effort in the long jump, 18-11 1/2.
Senior Nate Cleveland, 11-6, and sophomore Bryan Schiller, 10-6, finished second and third, respectively, in the pole vault.
Sophomore distance runner Tighe Van Anne finished fourth in the 3,200 with a time of 10.48.33 while junior James Barr scored a fifth-place finish in the 800, 2.07.85. Senior Tyler Matthews placed fifth in the 110-meter high hurdles with a 17.45 showing.
The 1,600 relay team took second with a time of 3:36.15. The 3,200 relay took fourth, 9:04.55. The throwers relay team finished third, 52.86.