Cardinals take second best at Silver Lake Invitational
Track team to compete in Friday’s Redbud Classic
The Cardinals are back on track grabbing silvers at Silver Lake. On a near perfect spring day, the Eudora High School boys and girls track teams finished second Friday at the Silver Lake Spring Invitational.
The junior varsity units were also successful as the boys finished second Friday with the girls finishing a solid fourth.
"We had a great day for a track meet and really competed well," said coach Phil Katzenmeier. "We had a good time with the opportunity for everyone to perform on such a nice day."
Eudora rebounded after a slight setback at the Cardinal Relays, where the teams finished fifth. The recoil sprung ever so short of a meet championship. The Cards fell three points shy of top-finisher Royal Valley, which tallied 113 points. Rounding out the top five were Perry-Lecompton with 81, Frankfort with 66 and Mission Valley with 61.
The girls champion Perry-Lecompton edged Eudora 113-98. The Cardinals were a mere 15 points off the title pace but eight points better than Royal Valley. Jefferson County North's 68 and Frankfurt's 58 completed the high five. Host Silver Lake earned 51 points.
Individually, the Cardinals varsity and junior varsity teams brought home 62 medals, achieving 35 personal records along the way.
There were five first-place finishes in the field events. Senior Jenny Durkin regained her dominance in the high jump, junior Anna Fernandez topped the pole vault competition and sophomore Julie White set a record by winning the triple jump. In the Jv ranks, sophomore Scot Mullis won the triple jump, and freshman Nolan Smith won the pole vault.
JV freshman Carrie Lister medaled in three events. Lister placed second in the shot put, second in the javelin, and third in the discus.
Other field event standouts include: senior Dustin Moyer had third-place finishes in both the shot put and the javelin; junior Bryan Schiller finished second in the pole vault; sophomore Brandon Helm was third in the discus; and Julie White had a third-place finish in the long jump. Jv freshman Jacob Gillihan finished behind Smith in the pole vault, and sophomore Brittany Dial and junior Jodi Wingebach finished 2-3 in the high jump.
On the track, there were eight gold medals awarded. Senior James Barr ran away with two of those medals claiming first in the 800-meter run and joining Moyer and juniors Mark Lister and Michael Woodward, claiming the 1,600 relay. The other two varsity top-guns were freshman Megan Ballock with her 400 triumph and Tighe VanAnne with his 3,200 success.
The Eudora JV owned the relays winning the 400 (Gillihan, sophomore Steven Foster, freshman Josh Logan, and sophomore Josh Barr), the 1,600 (Lister, Schiller, Logan, and Smith) and the 3,200 (junior Jeff Jones, senior Austin Roberts and freshmen Sean Wiard and Matt Morgan). Josh Barr also grabbed a second gold individually in the 100.
The varsity relay teams earned four top-three finishes. The girls placed second in the 400 (junior Rachel Abel, White, Wingebach and Ballock) and second in the 3,200 (freshman Cara Seats, Wingebach, junior Tracine Bowling, and Ballock).
The boys took second in the 1,600 (Foster, Mullis, Gillihan and James Barr) and third in the 3,200 (Gillihan, Foster, VanAnne and James Barr).
The varsity girls got a second place out of Abel in the 100, Ballock in the 200, Seats in the 800 and 1,600 and third from Fernandez in the high hurdles.
As for the varsity boys, Lister and Moyer finished second and third in the 100, and Mullis finished third in the 300 hurdles.
The Jv boys and girls added four second-place finishes: Josh Barr in the 200; freshman Andrew Parsons in the 1,600, and Wiard and freshman Tori Tunget in the 3,200.
"We've set one school record so far, and I see several others in jeopardy in the next few weeks as we reach the time of the season where everyone will have their best days," said Katzenmeier looking ahead to the culmination of a strong year.
The Cardinals head to Wellsville tomorrow to compete in the Redbud Classic.