Archive for Thursday, November 7, 2002

Freshman Ballock 46th at state

November 7, 2002

Eudora High School freshman Megan Ballock worked on several different phases of conditioning before the class 4A state cross country meet at Wamego.

Ballock, who placed in the top 10 of almost every race this season, finished 46th, 13:24, at her first state cross country meet.

"She did great," Eudora assistant cross country coach Alan Opat said. "Monday, we worked on some speed work at the track, Tuesday with distance and Friday she did a 2-3 mile jog."

Ballock also had her own routine before the big event last Saturday.

"I always pray before a race that I'll do my best," Ballock said. "The night before I eat spaghetti and carbohydrates. I drink a lot of water the whole week before."

Ballock also received a little help from her teammates. Sophomores Scot Mullis and Jacqueline Pyle and freshman Tori Tunget, who narrowly missed qualifying for the state meet, practiced with Ballock last week.

She said the state meet was a lot different than the Wamego race two months ago.

"It felt a lot different because the competition was much tougher and it was much colder."

Ballock hopes to improve upon her next visit to the state meet. In fact, she thinks Eudora has the chance to reach the state meet as a team.

"I think that we'll have more girls out so we can have a team," Ballock said. "I think we'll have some strong runners on the guys side."

In the off-season, Ballock is planning on running four times a week. She will also play basketball this season and participate in track and field in the spring. Ballock hopes to compete in the 400-meter run and possibly the 800.

"I got first in league in it (400) last year, and it's one of my favorite races," Ballock said.

Opat said Ballock would serve as a role model for future Eudora runners during the next three seasons.

"She's a wonderful kid," Opat said. "She works hard every day. She's very motivated and very driven."

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