Blue Jays fly by Cardinals at relays
Last November, a playoff football game between Eudora and Sabetha was decided by only a few inches at Sabetha. Friday night, the Blue Jays paid Eudora a visit in track and field, winning the girls meet by 56 points.
The girls finished with 65 points in fifth place behind Sabetha 160, Perry-Lecompton 104, Baldwin 85, and Tonganoxie 71. The boys team scored 98 points, but couldn't overcome rival Perry-Lecompton 126 points, or Sabetha 113.5. Tonganoxie and De Soto rounded out the top five with 70 and 45.5 points, respectively.
Eudora track coach Dave Durkin said he was pleased with the Cardinals' efforts at the final home meet of the season. He said some athletes would be moved to different events Friday at Silver Lake as the Cards prepare for Frontier League, regional, and state meets.
"It was a really good meet for us," Durkin said. "We are going to try some different things to break the monotony a little bit. We might move Tyler to the 4x800 relay and put Cody (Lauber) on a relay."
Durkin said the Cards caught an injury bug a couple of weeks ago. Senior pole vaulter Cody Lauber was recently ill and also had tendonitis in his left elbow. Sophomore Joey Donahue was injured during a physical education class Friday. Freshmen Julie White (leg) and Brooke Bell,(ankle) haven't been 100 percent this season either.
Junior Jenny Durkin posted the Cards only first place finish on the girls' side as she won the high jump, 5-0 feet. She also finished fourth in the triple jump, 30-3.
Durkin rose to the occasion at the Kansas Relays Saturday morning as she placed second in the high jump, out of 25 competitors, 5-4 1/4 at Kansas University's Memorial Stadium.
"I thought she'd be able to place," Durkin said. "On her last jump, she got up pretty good. Hopefully, it will be a good confidence-builder as we get to regionals and state."
At the Cardinal Relays, sophomore Erin Katzfey scored more points for the Cards in the high jump with a fifth place finish, 4-4, while sophomore Anna Fernandez placed third in the pole vault, 7-0.
The Abel sisters senior Brandi and sophomore Rachel placed in several events at the Cardinal Relays.
Brandi Abel was third in both the long jump, 14-8 1/2, and the triple jump, 30-8, and sixth in the 100-yard dash, 14.15 seconds. Rachel Abel picked up second place finishes in the 100, 13.03, and the 220, 27.23.
The 440-yard relay team, 54.95, and the mile relay team, placed third and fourth, respectively.
The two-mile relay team finished fourth with a time of 11:39.4.
On the boys side, senior Wes Hinman gained some much-needed confidence by winning his first ever discus throw, 128-0.
"It was nice especially at a home meet," Hinman said. "I was in a slump and finally I got out of it. I'm going to keep improving myself because I can't really control the competition."
Fellow senior Dustin Evinger also scored points for Eudora in the discus with his 119-2, sixth-place throw.
Junior Dustin Moyer, a first-time winner in the javelin at the Eudora Invitational April 12, repeated his top finish with a throw of 165-4. His teammate Cody Lauber was fourth in the event, 158-1. Moyer also placed sixth in the 330-hurdles, 47.95. Senior Tyler Matthews finished third, 46.82, in that event and also placed third in the 120-yard high hurdles, 16.33.
The 4x440 relay team of seniors Zac Tyler and Josh Bowser, junior James Barr, and sophomore Mark Lister won their event in 44.62, defeating Baldwin by .04 seconds. The Bulldogs brought fewer athletes because several members of the defending state championship team competed in the Kansas Relays.
Tyler picked up third-place finishes in the 220, 23.09, and the 440, 53.06, while Bowser placed third in the 100, 11.51, and Lister brought home a fifth-place finish in the 220, 24.05. Barr took fourth in the 880, 2:11.33.
Sophomore Bryan Schiller's 10-6 effort in the pole vault was good enough for second place, while sophomore Tighe Van Anne placed third in the mile run, 4:44.10, and fifth in the two-mile run, 10:43.92. The mile relay team finished third, 3:36.42, behind Perry-Lecompton and Sabetha while the 2-mile relay team scored a fourth place finish, 9:07.24.
Eudora will compete against Alma-Wabaunsee, Jefferson County North, Jefferson County West, Perry-Lecompton, Silver Lake, and Mission Valley at the Silver Lake meet on Friday. Durkin said that he is more concerned with qualifying individuals and relay teams for the state meet than competing for a regional championship. However, he hopes the boys' and the girls' teams can place in the top half of the league at the Frontier League meet on April 9 in Osawatomie.
"We don't worry about team scores, we just want to finish in the top four or five," Durkin said. "We don't have the horses for the team score."