Eudora shines at home meet
The improving Cardinals track team came home April 18 as the host of the Eudora Invitational. The homecoming would produce a second-place girls finish and a boys meet championship.
The girls' 72 points placed them behind meet champion Tonganoxie, which finished with 97, but five points better than third-place Osawatomie's 67. The boys team earned its championship with 107 points. The second-place Tonganoxie team finished well behind the Cards with 84.5, as did third place Silver Lake with 62.
Eudora's meteoric rise continued thanks to some incredible individual labors.
"Great effort by our boys and girls," said Eudora coach Katzenmeier. "What a wonderful feeling to finish first and second at your own meet with 12 other teams in attendance."
The other teams were Anderson County, Bonner Springs, Louisburg, McLouth, Ottawa, Paola, Perry-Lecompton, Spring Hill and Topeka Cornerstone.
There were 11 individual first-place finishes that drove the Cards' success.
En route to the pole vault title, junior Anna Fernandez broke her own school record when she cleared nine feet. Leading the boys was junior Joey Donahue, who won the long jump and the 200- and 400-meter dashes. Freshman Megan Ballock matched Donahue, claiming the 200 and 400 for the girls as well. Junior Bryan Schiller's victory in the pole vault and sophomore Julie White's long jump title completed two of Eudora's four boy/girl meet sweeps.
Future Pittsburg State Gorilla and senior Jenny Durkin remained undefeated in the high jump. Rounding out the parade of champions were senior Dustin Moyer in the javelin and sophomore Brandon Helm in the discus.
Ballock also contributed the fastest leg to the fourth-place 3,200 relay team with senior Kelly Campbell and juniors Jodi Wingebach and Tracine Bowling. And Ballock delivered the fastest leg in the 1,600 relay team, including Wingebach, Bowling and sophomore Brittany Dial, which finished sixth. Donahue also aided a relay team, the third-place 400 foursome that included junior Mark Lister and seniors Dustin Moyer and James Barr. Durkin added a third-place finish in the triple jump. Moyer's' day included a third-place shot put performance.
Other multiple placers were: freshman Carrie Lister with fourth in the javelin, fifth in the shot put and fifth in the 200; junior Tighe VanAnne was second in the 1600, third in the 3,200 and sixth in the 3,200 relay in which VanAnne was joined by freshman Jacob Gillihan, sophomore Steven Foster and senior James Barr. Sophomore Scot Mullis finished fourth in the 300 hurdles and joined Foster, Gillihan, and Barr for second in the 1,600 relay.
Topping off the individual successes: junior Rachel Abel placed fifth in the long jump; freshman Cara Seats' sixth in the 1,600; and freshman Tori Tunget fifth in the 3,200; and Barr claimed third in the 800.
"We had excellent hometown support and the meet was run in fine fashion," Katzenmeier said. "Thanks to Mr. Durkin, coaches Abel, DeWitt, Hanna, and Webb, the junior high track staff and the many people who help run a large meet such as this. The high school track team is proud of the way these meets are administered and are proud to be representing Eudora."
The Cardinals will be the host to another event Friday, the Eudora Cardinal Relays.
"We will work to continue our success next week at home," Katzenmeier said.