Eudora runners’ success at Rim Rock stone cold with 3rd, 8th places
Graff, Ballock take home hardware from Frontier League meet Oct. 14
Competing in the Frontier League meet was twice as nice for Brittney Graff. The Eudora cross country runner took silver Oct. 14 on the Rim Rock Farm course, placing her second in the league for the second year in a row.
Graff (12 minutes, 18 seconds) was followed into the chute by fellow Cardinal runners Megan Ballock (13:41) and Johanna Rahmqvist (13:45), coming in tandem at 15th and 16th places, respectively. Cara Seats followed in 20th in 13:52, with Lauren Colman (14:08 for 27th) and Katelyn Reese (14:49 for 40th) pulling ahead of teammate Tori Tunget (15:33 for 53rd) in her first race coming off an injury.
The girls' unified efforts solidified a third-place finish for Eudora as a team.
The Cardinal boys tallied eighth as a team, with Tim DeArmond as the first Eudora runner to cross the finish line in 18:26, shaving 2:12 off his time last year. Cody Burns finished hot on DeArmond's heels in 18:29 for 23rd place. Sean Wiard came in 61st with 20:17, followed by Kent Abel (20:54 for 76th), Jared Reetz (21:55 for 103rd) and Andy Schultz (22:45 for 109th).
Coach Paul Boone called Thursday's competition one of the toughest in the state for 4A. Boone said five schools on the girls' side and four on the boys side competed at state last year.
The league runners competed on the scenic Rim Rock course, north of Lawrence, with chilly, windy fall conditions.
Still, the Cardinals managed to amass some honors for Eudora. Both Graff and Ballock took home medals, and several runners made the Eudora High School all-time best list. Graff is first for the girls, with Ballock and Rahmqvist taking fourth and sixth, respectively, on the all-time list. For the boys' side, DeArmond and Burns are second and third, respectively, on the all-time list.
The Eudora runners also garnered all-league mentions. Graff is first team all-league, with Ballock, Rahmqvist and Seats earning honorable mention all-league.
DeArmond wasn't the only runner to shave a few seconds off last year's showing. Reetz knocked 1:47 off his time, and Abel knocked off 1:41. Graff dropped 38 seconds compared with last year, while Burns came in 34 seconds sooner. Wiard shaved eight seconds off the clock.
The league meet was kind to De Soto, whose girls took second as a team and whose boys took third as a team. Wildcat Casey Johnson pushed past Baldwin's Keith Cowart in the chute and took the boys' gold.
Baldwin's Heather Garcia edged out Graff for the girls' gold. Garcia's fellow Bulldogs took home first place in both the boys and girls categories.
The Cardinals take to the course again Saturday in Tonganoxie for the 4A regional championships. The starting gun fires at 2 p.m. for the girls, followed by the boys at 2:30 p.m.