Graff golden at Wellsville meet
The Eudora Cardinals track and field team competed Friday at Wellsville's Redbud Classic. The Cards were coming off perhaps their most disappointing performance of the season a week ago in Silver Lake.
The girl's team finished 70 points behind league power and archrival Baldwin. The Bulldogs cruised with 132 points.
Eudora's 62 points, however, were the best of the rest. The Cardinals placed second ahead of host Wellsville (53 points), Osawatomie (45) and Paola (44).
Eudora's boys finished ninth with just 33 points.
Paola won the team championship with 72 points. Baldwin's 54 points and Northern Heights' 53 followed.
"We had some very nice performances and again some disappointments," head coach Phil Katzenmeier said. "We really look forward to the next two weeks as we try to get everyone healthy for league and regional meets."
The Cardinals managed six individual championships on the evening.
Freshman Brittney Graff won gold in each of the two distance races. She posted a five minute 35 second run, winning the 1,600 meter. And Graff's time of 12:00.8 won the 3,200.
Sophomore Megan Ballock took the meet championship in the 400 with a time of 60.6. She broke Eudora's only record of the night with a 26.2 in the 400. The effort earned her a silver medal as well as the school record.Ballock finished fifth in the 100, running a time of 12.8. And she lent her talents to the 400-meter relay team. Their squad consisted of Ballock and junior Julie White, senior Anna Fernandez and freshman Erin Kracl. The team combined for a 53.4 and a fourth-place win.
Anna Fernandez remains one of the team's most consistent contributors. She took first in the pole vault with a height of 9-6.
Freshman Melissa Fernandez was a foot-and-a-half back in sixth place.
Highlighting the boys night was senior Tighe Van Anne. The talented distance runner grabbed gold in the 3,200.
He also managed to take second in the 1,600 with his time of 4:43.8.
Junior Brandan Helm's throw of 50 feet, 6.5 inches earned him the gold medal.
Sophomore Carrie Lister placed fourth in the javelin at 105-8. She took fifth place in the shot put with a 35-3 effort.
Another sophomore, Cara Seats, rounded out the ladies' night. Seats finished fourth in the 1,600 with a time of 6:16.8.
Senior Mark Lister ran the 200 in 24.1 for fifth place.
He joined fellow seniors Bryan Schiller, Josh Lauer and Michael Woodward finishing fourth in the 400 relay.
Sophomore Nolan Smith placed fifth in the pole vault at 11-6.
The statistical setback couldn't have come at a worse time for the Cardinals. Eudora's next stop is Thursday's Frontier League meet at Prairie View. Events begin at 3:30 p.m.