As good as gold
Girls, boys take first
Cardinal senior Josh Lauer has been searching for his niche on Eudora's track team. He is years removed from his last track and field experience, and his reintroduction to the sport has been difficult.
But Lauer's effort in the 1,600-meter relay Thursday night at Basehor-Linwood's Bobcat Relays may have changed all that. He ran the anchor leg a breath faster than a Sumner Academy runner, earning the Cards the meet championship over the Sabres.
Eudora's girls had already captured their meet championship. The rare double championship announces the Cardinals as legitimate league contenders.
"It was an outstanding day for a track meet, and our athletes again did a super job of competing in their events," head coach Phil Katzenmeier said. "The athletes and coaches (Joe Hanna, Bill DeWitt, Gregg Webb and Darin Schmitz) are to be congratulated.
"I am so impressed with everyone's efforts, it is difficult to find the words."
The boys earned their championship with 101 points. Sumner finished second with 100. Tonganoxie's 83 were good enough for third.
Turner, Bishop Ward, Baser-Linwood, Perry-Lecompton, Christ Prep and Bonner Springs joined the top three as meet competitors.
The Cardinal girls skipped the dramatics, cruising to the championship with a sensational 144 points, winning 10-of-18 events. Tonganoxie took second with a distant 94. And Lansing was doubled-up in third with 68 points.
Both genders combined to rewrite the record books.
For the second consecutive meet, sophomore Carrie Lister broke the school shot put record (35 feet, 11 inches), this time toppling the meet record as well. Lister didn't finish there adding a meet record in the discus (107-11 1/2). Lister threw a third-place finish in the javelin (100-9). Seniors Anna Fernandez (9-6) and Bryan Schiller (13-0) tied school records and broke meet records in the pole vault.
On the track, senior Tighe VanAnne set the meet record in the 3,200-meter (10 minutes, 19 seconds). And freshman phenom Brittney Graff broke meet records in both the 1,600 (5:42.8) and the 3,200 (12:15).
Fernandez, Graff and Lister weren't alone in the Cardinals' championship run.
Junior Julie White placed third in both the long jump (14-5.5) and the triple jump (31-3).
Freshman Erin Kracl won gold in the high jump with a leap of 4-10. She finished fourth in the long jump (14-0 1/2)
Freshman Melissa Fernandez took third in the pole vault (7-6).
The girls on the track were even more successful. Sophomore Megan Ballock won the meet championship in the 200 (27.1) and 400 (61.0). She teamed with fellow sophomores Cara Seats, Regan Sisson and Tori Tunget, winning gold in the 3,200 relay (11:00.3). And she added a fourth-place finish in the 1,600 relay with Seats, White and Sisson.
Sisson and White joined Anna Fernandez and Melissa Fernandez to form a fourth-place 400 relay team (54.9). Sisson's big day continued with a meet championship in the 300-meter hurdles (51.8). Seats added silver in the 800 (2:42.2).
Not to be outdone, the boys delivered a great team effort as well. Schiller wasn't the only meet champion on the field. Junior Brandan Helm took the gold in the shot put (47-11.5). He added a silver in the discus (136-1).
Junior Brendan Jackson placed fourth in the javelin (144-10).
Sophomore Nolan Smith finished third in the pole vault (11-0).
Senior Michael Woodward wrapped up the field events with a sixth-place long jump (19-5.75).
VanAnne led the way for the boys on the track. He matched his gold in the 3,200 with a gold in the 1,600 (4:44.9). VanAnne also joined senior Jeff Jones, freshman Cody Burns and junior Steven Foster on the third-place 3,200 relay team.
Senior Joey Donahue had a busy day as well. He won the meet championship in the 200 (24.2), placed second in the 400 (54.6) and finished fifth in the 100 (11.6).
And Donahue joined senior Mark Lister, Schiller and Lauer on the third-place 400 relay team (46.0). Lister finished sixth in the 100 (11.9) and fifth in the 200 (24.5). Foster finished fourth in the 400 (55.8). And Lauer's 100 relay team consisting of Foster, Smith and Jackson placed fourth (3:47.3).
The champion Cardinals posted a remarkable 42 season bests on the night.
They return to action Friday hosting as hosts at the Eudora Invitational.
"We come home for the next two weeks," Katzenmeier said. "Please come and see us perform. The best is yet to come."