Going the distance
Long races treat Cardinals well at League
The Eudora Cardinals track and field team competed in the Frontier League meet at Prairie View Friday.
Eudora's boys fought to a middle-of-the-pack sixth-place finish. The Cardinal girls delivered a bronze medal performance.
The girls' earned 74.5 points on a cool breezy night in LaCygne.
Baldwin's Bulldogs cruised to yet another league title with 150 points. Gardner-Edgerton was sandwiched in between in second place with 90.5 points.
Wellsville finished on the Cardinals' tail with 67 points. Osawatomie (53 points), Anderson County (52), Paola (47.5), Louisburg (28.5), Prairie View (25) and Spring Hill (24) completed the parity-filled field.
The boys posted 55.5 points for sixth place.
Gardner buried the field with 119 points. Paola (75 points), Baldwin (72) and Anderson County (71) battled all night for second, third and fourth.
Osawatomie finished in fifth, nine points ahead of Eudora. Prairie View (51), Spring Hill (46) and Louisburg (47) threatened Eudora's solid placing.
And Wellsville with a whopping 21.5 finished well back in tenth.
"We competed very well and placed in many events," head coach Phil Katzenmeier said. "Several people showed some remarkable improvements.
"And our distance runners and throwers competed exceptionally well."
Freshman Brittney Graff won league titles in each of her specialties -- the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs.
She won the 1,600 in 5:32.91 and the 3,200 in 12:05.69.
Sophomore Megan Ballock sprinted to a meet championship in the 400. She achieved the feat with a time of 60.63.
Ballock added a silver in the 200, running a 27.15. And her 13.17 in the 100 was good enough for fifth place.
Ballock added another fifth-place effort in the 400-meter relay. She joined junior Julie White, senior Anna Fernandez and freshman Erin Kracl, running a 53.86.
The boys 400 relay finished in fifth place as well. Seniors Mark Lister, Bryan Schiller, Josh Lauer and junior Josh Barr combined for a time of 46.32.
Senior Tighe Van Anne brought home a league championship and a school record -- ironically though not in the same race.
Van Anne's season best time of 4:30.83 in the 1,600 earned him a gold medal. His record-breaking 9:50.74 in the 3,200 earned him a silver.
Like Ballock and Van Anne, junior Brandan Helm earned a gold and a silver.
Helm won the league title with a shot put of 51 feet, 11 inches. He took second in the discus with a throw of 137-6.
The only other Cardinal to finish in the top three was Schiller. The senior pole vaulter took home a silver medal after clearing 12 feet.
Schiller's vaulting teammate sophomore Nolan Smith tied for seventh at 10-6.
Their female counterparts fared moderately well. Anna Fernandez finished sixth with a height of 8-6. Freshman Melissa Fernandez didn't place but did reach a season-best 8-0.
Sophomore Carrie Lister finished third in the shot put at 36-8, fifth in the discus at 101-5, and fourth in the javelin at 110-8.
In addition to her relay efforts, White had success on the field. She placed fourth in the long jump at 15-2.75 and sixth in the triple jump at 31-10.
Kracl too found success outside of the relay. She took fourth in the high jump with a height of 4-10 and fifth in the long jump with a distance of 15-0.25.
Junior Brendan Jackson finished fourth in the javelin with a throw of 162-10.
Junior Chris Durkin placed sixth in the same event with a distance of 142-1. He added a seventh-place finish in the discus with a throw of 124-7.
And Smith took seventh in the high jump. clearing a distance of 5-6.
"One more week of work before we see who can make it to the state meet the following week in Wichita," Katzenmeier said. "It has been a pleasure to work with this group of young athletes and a fine coaching staff."
The road from Eudora to Wichita travels through Tonganoxie. The 4A Regional is Friday at Tongie. Field events begin at 3 p.m., followed by track preliminaries at 4:30 p.m. and the track finals at 6:15 p.m.