Eudora runners Rock solid at prestigious Lawrence race
The Eudora Cardinals cross country team joined an impressive field Saturday at Rim Rock Farm northwest of Lawrence. The 2004 Rim Rock Cross Country Classic netted the Cardinals a 13th-place boys finish and another run of solid individual performances.
The annual Rim Rock meet has established itself as one of the area's finest meets, boasting teams from five states.
The Rim Rock property is owned by former Kansas University cross country coach Bob Timmons. The course has been home to the Jayhawks for 30 years. It was the site of three Big Eight cross country championships and was the site of the 1998 NCAA Division I and II National Cross Country championships.
But before the runners got rocking Saturday, the thunder was rolling. A storm delayed the start time by more than an hour.
A humid but acceptable afternoon welcomed the elite field and the competition survived.
"Our girls competed against some great competition and our guys were running against guys they will be facing next week and at regionals like De Soto, Tonganoxie and Jefferson West," Boone said. "These are schools we must compete well with."
The Eudora boys managed a respectable 13th- place finish among the 19 complete teams.
Skutt Catholic High School of Omaha, Neb., cruised to the team gold with a strong 72-point performance. De Soto finished in second place with 98 points.
The battle for third was perhaps the best of the meet. Kearney (Mo.) took the bronze with 141 points. Excelsior Springs finished just short of third with 144 points, and Girard finished less than 10 points behind Kearney with 149 points.
Tonganoxie placed sixth with 183 points. Jefferson West took seventh with 209 points. Hayden's 238 points earned eighth.
Mill Valley (265) and Pembroke Hill (276) rounded out the top 10.
Sabetha (287) and Pike Valley (309) finished ahead of Eudora with 342.
Fort Osage (367), Wichita Independent (372), Reeds Springs (389), Wichita Southeast (404), St. Joseph Christian (453) and Richmond (Mo.) (491) rounded-out the field of complete teams.
Allen-Northern Heights, Burlington, Excelsior Springs (Mo.), Ozark (Mo.) and St. Joseph Lafayette competed with partial teams.
Sophomore Tim DeArmond (19 minutes 14 seconds) led the Cardinals with a 29th-place finish. Fellow sophomore Cody Burns also cracked the top-50, finishing in 36th at 19:32.
Junior Sean Wiard placed 86th with a 21:08. Sophomores Kent Abel (22:09) and Jared Reetz (22:25) finished 111th and 114th, respectively.
Junior Andy Schultz placed 132nd with a time of 24:27. And senior Paul McCleery placed 136th with a time of 25:44.
Eudora's 1-through-5 time gap was a solid 3:11. The team's 1-through-7 gap extended to 6:30.
The Cardinals brought only four girls to race at Rim Rock, but three placed in the upper third of the meet.
In addition to fielding an impartial team, Eudora had to adjust to its first four-kilometer race.
Sophomore Brittney Graff led the Cardinal girls with an amazing 16:16 and a second- place finish. Senior Johanna Rahmqvist's 17:30 placed her in 30th. Freshman Lauren Colman finished strong in 48th with her 18:02, and junior Cara Seats crossed in 107th place with an 18:56.
Gardner, Junction City, Pittsburg, Liberal, Olathe North and Ray Pec and Raytown of Missouri also fielded incomplete teams.
Hays ran away from the competition with a stellar 59-point effort.
Bishop Miege squeaked-out a silver medal with 160 points. Great Bend finished a single heart-breaking point behind in third with 161 points.
Wichita East (183) and Maize (184) fought an equally hard battle for fourth and fifth place, respectively. Wichita West finished just outside the fracas in sixth with 198 points.
Derby (231), Manhattan (236) and Bishop Kelley (Okla.) (255) rounded-out the top-10.
Lexington (Neb.) placed 11th with 266 points. Goddard took 12th with 290. Blue Valley finished 13th with 292. Bishop Carroll's 335 earned them 14th. Ponca City (Okla.) found its way to 15th with 336 points.
Topeka (358), Topeka Seaman (358), Valley Center (359), Raytown South (Mo.) (377), Oak Park (Mo.) (398), Washburn Rural (463) and Branson (Mo.) (494) finished the field 16-through-22.
Eudora's next opportunity comes Thursday at Tonganoxie. The race begins at 4 p.m.