Relays chill Cards’ hot streak
The momentum the Eudora High School track teams have built with steadily improved finishes cooled somewhat Friday at their own Cardinal Relays.
The girls team, coming off an April 18 second-place showing at home finished fifth. The boys, seeking to duplicate the championship they earned in the previous meet, also finished fifth.
"We ran into some tough competition in several events and suffered through some injuries," said Eudora coach Phil Katzenmeier.
The girls did not surrender a top-three finish easily. Bitter-rival Baldwin claimed the Cardinal crown with 126 points, edging second-place Sabetha by 13. Tonganoxie claimed the highly-contested third spot with 80 points. Hot on the heels of Tonganoxie was De Soto with 78, Eudora with 76, and Perry-Lecompton with 75.
Eudora's boys finished behind Tonganoxie (115), Sabetha (103), and Perry-Lecompton (82) and Kansas City Christian (77). The Cardinals 58 points, however, did top rival Baldwin's 47.
Katzenmeier acknowledged the slight setback.
"We've hit the mid-season lull," he said.
Junior pole vaulter Anna Fernandez, following last week's record-breaking performance, was the lone Cardinal gold medalist.
A handful of other Eudora athletes earned medals.
Previously undefeated high jumper Jenny Durkin was dethroned. She jumped 5-0, earning a bronze in the triple jump, finishing just behind sophomore Julie White's season-best jump. White added a bronze in the long jump to her second-place triple jump finish.
Freshman Megan Ballock grabbed a couple of medals. She earned silver in the 400-meter run and bronze in the 200. Ballock, who raced to fifth in the 100, ran a leg in the third-place 400 relay team. Juniors Rachel Abel, Jodi Wingebach, and Tracine Bowling round out the group.
Senior Dustin Moyer provided the standout performance for the boys team. He finished second in the shot put and third in the javelin.
Junior Joey Donahue notched a third-place finish in the long jump. However, he was injured in the event and forced to withdraw from the finals of the 100 and 200. Katzenmeier said Donahue had a doctor's appointment Wednesday, and it was doubtful he would compete this week.
Fellow junior Bryan Schiller finished in a tie for third in the pole vault.
The responsible party for Eudora's second-place 1,600 relay is composed of sophomores Steven Foster and Scot Mullis, James Barr, and freshman Jacob Gillihan.
The boys' 400 team, Moyer and Barr, alongside juniors Mark Lister and Michael Woodward, formed a team matching the girls third place efforts.
Wrapping up the girls' field events, freshman Carrie Lister was sixth in the shot put, and sophomore Sarah Braught sixth in the discus.
As for the boys, sophomore Brandon Helm was sixth in the discus and Woodward was sixth in long jump.
As for the running events, Mullis came through with fourth place in the high hurdle and fifth in the 300 hurdles. Mark Lister was fourth in the 100, and junior Tighe Van Anne fifth in the 3,200 and Barr finished fourth in the 800.
The girls got a fourth-place finish from Abel in the 100, and freshman Cara Seats added a fourth-place finish in the 1,600.
The girls also snatched a couple of five-spots from their relay teams -- Seats, freshman Tori Tungent, senior Kelly Campbell, and junior Tracine Bowling in the 3,200 and Wingebach, Bowling, sophomore Brittany Dial and Seats in the 1,600.
"We really hope to have our best performances beginning in two weeks at league, regional and state," Katzenmeier said. "The athletes and coaches continue to work hard and look forward to the double meet at Silver Lake (May 2)."