Goodbye regional, hello state
Cards sending nine to top competition
Nine Cardinals are in a Wichita state of mind.
Sixty-four teams competed at four different 4A regionals Friday. Eudora participated on a near-perfect day in Louisburg. The top four placers in each event qualified for the state track meet in Wichita Friday and Saturday.
Senior Jenny Durkin leads the way after winning the high jump with a leap of five feet. A pair of silver medal winners will accompany Durkin. Freshman Megan Ballock took second with a time of 60.8 seconds in the 400-meter run. Steady senior standout and league champion James Barr also finished second with a personal best 2:00.0 in the 800.
Taking third place and a spot on the bus to state were sophomore Julie White with a 33-2 triple jump and junior Anna Fernandez tying her own school record with a 9-6 pole vault.
The boys 400 relay -- senior Dustin Moyer, Barr and juniors Mark Lister and Joey Donahue -- earned bronze while also tying a school record at 44.5. Junior Tighe VanAnne's 4:42.0 in the 1,600 was good enough for a personal record, fourth at regionals and for the final reservation at state.
Durkin, Moyer and Donahue just missed joining Barr as two-event state competitors. Durkin finished sixth in the triple jump, Moyer finished fifth in the javelin, and Donahue placed fifth in the long jump.
Ballock came close on a couple of occasions. The freshman phenom finished sixth in the 200 and sixth running the anchor leg of the 400 relay team with junior Rachel Abel, White and junior Jodi Wingebach.
White also had a pair of close calls; one with the relay team and the other finishing fifth with a personal record in the long jump.
The girls and boys teams finished seventh and ninth, respectively. Baldwin cruised to the girls title with 103 points. Osawatomie (66), Mill Valley (59) and Lansing (54) rounded out the top four. Eleven points separated the next seven teams, including Eudora with 36.
The Lansing boys with 95 points held off Ottawa with 80 for the team crown. Second-place Tonganoxie's 62 was four better than Anderson County and seven better than Osawatomie. Eudora finished with 24.
"We had some disappointments today, but we also had some great performances today," said coach Phil Katzenmeier.
Among those disappointed was Moyer. One week after his 49-0.25 captured the league championship in the shot put he failed to place with a 42-9 Friday.
Although most did not place and advance, 15 athletes did set personal records in Louisburg. Among those saving their best for last were: sophomore Sarah Braught in the shot put, freshman Carrie Lister in the discus, Donahue in the 100, sophomore Scot Mullis in the 300 hurdles, freshman Cara Seats in the 800 and freshman Tori Tungent in the 3200.
Running their personal best relay legs were senior Kelly Campbell, Mullis and freshman Jacob Gillihan.
Half of the Cardinal seniors saw their careers conclude in Louisburg -- Greg LeRow, Austin Roberts and Campbell.
"I am very thankful for the opportunity to work with this fine group of young men and women and with such a wonderful staff," said Katzenmeier. "We will look to make a splash next week at state."