Redbud Classic disappoints
A warm spring day cooled off the Eudora track team Friday in Wellsville.
The Cardinals were coming off a highly-successful May 2 endeavor at Silver Lake, where they had claimed a pair of second-place finishes.
In the Wellsville-Redbud Classic, however, the Cardinal boys finished 15th and the girls landed in 11th place. The 19-team field proved to be too much for Eudora this time around.
"We had a few disappointments today," coach Phil Katzenmeier said. "We were missing three boys, and the heat seemed to affect a few people."
The girls finished 11th by virtue of their 23 points. Baldwin took the championship with 71 points while Osawatomie and Louisburg with 54 and 50 points, respectively, rounded out the top three.
The boys managed just 13 points en route to their 15th place finish. Gardner-Edgerton's stunning 105 points buried the competition. Osawatomie finished a distant second with 50 points. Bonner Springs just edged Jayhawk-Linn for third, 48 to 47.
Eudora brought home just three medals -- a trio of bronze.
The Cardinals had one highlight at the meet: Junior Anna Fernandez tied her school record with a 9-0 pole vault.
Senior Dustin Moyer took third in the shot put with 46-10, and freshman Megan Ballock took third in the 400 with a personal best 61.7. Ballock just missed a second medal finishing fourth in the 200. Her personal best in the 400 was one of 12 such achievements on the day for Eudora.
Both the boys and girls 400 relay teams scored personal bests, falling just short of bronze medals in the process. The girls, on the legs of junior Rachel Abel, sophomore Julie White, junior Jodi Wingebach and Ballock, finished fourth. The boys -- Moyer, sophomore Josh Barr, senior James Barr, and junior Mark Lister -- also finished fourth.
In the field, sophomore Sarah Braught had a pair of personal bests: a 29-6 in the shot put and a 94-1 in the javelin. Junior Chance Rowland's 120-6 in the discus was a personal best, and the second best Cardinal performance in the event Friday. Junior Brandon Helm finished sixth with a 124-2.
Julie White finished fifth while scoring a personal best 32-2 in the triple jump.
In the running events, James Barr finished sixth with his best-ever time of 2:03.9.
"James Barr ran two excellent races," Katzenmeier said.
Senior Austin Roberts did his best in the 1,600 with a 5:17. Freshman Tori Tungent's 14:05.10 was a personal best in the 3,200. Sophomore Brittany Dial's leg of the 1,600 was a personal best 69.3 and the fastest on the team in Wellsville.
The Cards return to Wellsville Thursday to compete in Frontier League. Regionals are scheduled for May 23.
"We will be working hard to have a good showing at the league meet this week, and the regional meet the week after that," Katzenmeier said. "Thanks to all of those who have supported us so well this season."