Cardinals show their fire at Bobcat Relays
Like the spring weather, Eudora High School's Cardinal track team continues to improve.
After competing in two early track meets conducted in chilly conditions, the Cardinals established 54 seasonal bests at Friday's Bobcat Relays in Basehor.
"What an outstanding day for a track meet," said Eudora coach Phil Katzenmeier. "Our athletes again did a superb job of competing in their events. It is great seeing all of the seasonal bests in the results."
Three of those season-best performances resulted in individual championships. Senior Jenny Durkin won the high jump for the second consecutive meet. Tighe Van Anne won the 3,200-meter race, and Cara Seats claimed the 1,600 title.
The girls of Eudora finished fourth in the nine-team meet with 80 points. The Tonganoxie girls claimed first with 121 points, followed by Lansing with 118 and Perry edging Eudora by 16 points for third.
The boys team earned its second-straight top-five finish. The guys flirted with their first plaque of the year with 62 points, a mere 11 points shy of third-place Sumner. Tonganoxie with its 107 points, made it a sweep, snatch ing the top spot among the boys as well as the girls. Lansing followed its April 4 victory at Baldwin with 100 points and a close second-place finish.
The terrific threesome also displayed versatility with Durkin's fifth-place in the triple jump, Van Anne's contribution in the second-place 3,200 relay, and Seats' third-place finish in the 800.
In all, 13 medals were passed out to Cardinal athletes, with 85 percent of those who competed scoring.
The team's success was enjoyed almost equally between genders. Of the 13 medals, six belonged to girls and seven to boys.
In addition to Seats, standouts among the participants of girls running events included junior Anna Fernandez, finishing second in the pole vault and fifth in the 300 hurdles, and freshman Megan Ballock, who placed second in the 400, running a leg in the third-place 3,200 relay team and aided fifth-place finishes in the 400 and 1,600 relays. Junior Rachel Abel was second in the 200, sixth in the 100 and joined Ballock in the 800 and 1,600 relays. Juniors Tracine Bowling and Jodi Wingebach teamed up for half of the third place 3,200 relay team and the fifth-place 400 and 1,600 relay teams, while senior Kelly Campbell completed the Cardinals' 3,200 relay. Freshman Tori Tunget finished with a pair of fifth-place wins in the 800 and in the 3,200.
As for the field events, junior Erin Katzfey was fourth in the triple jump and sixth in the high jump. Sophomore Julie White placed fifth in the long jump and freshman Carrie Lister was sixth in the shot put.
The boys were also well represented among the individual standouts. Sophomore Brandon Helm had the highest boys finish in a field event, placing second in the discus. Junior Joey Donahue grabbed third in the pole vault, second in the 200, teamed for fourth in the 400 relay and fifth in the 1,600 relay. Sophomore Josh Barr was fifth in the 800, third in the 3,200 relay, fourth in the 400 relay and fifth in the 1,600 relay.
The relay teams were completed by sophomore Steven Foster and freshman Jacob Gillihan in Eudora's second-place 3,200 relay. Senior Dustin Moyer (fourth in the javelin), and junior Mark Lister rounded out the fourth-place 1,600 relay. Foster and sophomore Scot Mullis (sixth in high hurdles and 300 hurdles) completed the fifth place 1,600 relay team. Junior Bryan Schiller finished third in the pole vault, and junior Chance Rowland was fifth in the discus.
"The season is progressing nicely, and we are looking forward to performing at home the next two Fridays," Katzenmeier said.
High winds postponed Tuesday's Perry Invitational. The team will serve as host of Friday's Eudora Invitational.