Eudora girls tops at Tongie
Cards head to state as regional champs
The Eudora girls track squad added one more notch to an already memorable season with a regional championship Friday at Tonganoxie.
The girls continued to outperform the competition as they wrapped up their fourth-straight winning finish.
The Cardinals scored 91 points, 30 more than runner-up K.C. Sumner, on their way to the title.
"It was another outstanding performance by the girls," coach Phil Katzenmeier said. "They really have a good chance to capture a top-three trophy next week."
In the midst of the title run for the girls, there was the business of qualifying for state. And with the top-four placers qualifying in each event, a host of Cardinals secured spots at this weekend's finals at Wichita State University.
In the field, junior Carrie Lister came back late in the regional final-round to capture third place in the shot put with a throw of 36-1/2 to qualify for the trip to Wichita.
"There were some amazing efforts," Katzenmeier said. "Carrie pulling off a comeback in the finals was definitely one."
Also in the field events, Julie White scored big with a long jump of performance of 16-4 1/2 to capture second place at the regionals and join Lister in Wichita.
White finished third in the triple jump at 37-71/2.
Also in the field for the boys squad, senior Chris Durkin grabbed a second -place finish in the javelin at 174-2, while junior Nolan Smith saved his best for last.
Smith netted a triple crown of sorts with his performance Friday. The junior captured the regional title in the pole vault with a 13-0 jump, while tying a school record and marking his own season's best.
"Chris and Nolan did great in their events," Katzenmeier said. "It was part of another great meet."
On the track, the girl's 3,200-meter relay team staked its claim to another regional title and school record. The team of Megan Ballock, Johanna Rahmqvist, Lauren Colman and Brittney Graff raced to a finish of 9 minutes 57 seconds to run away with a spot at state.
The 1,600-meter relay team duplicated the feat with a final time of 4:08.0.
On the individual circuit, the Ballock sisters both qualified for state with impressive performances.
Freshman Emily earned her spot with a third-place finish in the high hurdles with a time of 15.8 seconds, while junior Megan Ballock took home a regional championship and a school record in the 400.
Graff took second in the 3,200 with a time of 11:35.6.
After the meet the coach was pleased with the effort of both of his teams.
"These student athletes have done a great job representing Eudora all year long," Katzenmeier said. "They are a pleasure to coach and exciting to watch compete."
The state meet begins Friday in Wichita, where Katzenmeier has some high hopes.
"We really look forward to the stare meet where all of our qualifiers have a very good chance of placing in each event we compete in," he said.