Eudora cross country gets fast start
The Eudora cross country squad took to the field on Thursday at the Anderson County Invitational at Garnett with some quality results.
While the highly touted Baldwin squad swept the event, the Cardinals used experience -- combined with some new faces -- to make the event a good start to the cross country season.
On the girls side the team took home third place overall with 53 points, finishing 11 points behind first place Baldwin.
Junior Brittney Graff finished in third place in the girls 3,200-meter run with a time of 12 minutes, 45 seconds. The finish was a seven-second improvement from Graff's race a year ago.
"Brittney ran a good race," coach Paul Boone said. "She executed her race plan and finished pretty strong."
Eudora track and field standout Emily Ballock finished 14th in her first cross country meet with a time of 13:43.
"Emily ran well," Boone said. "This was her first race and that was a big step up from what she's done before."
Senior Megan Ballock took home the fourth place medal with her time of 12:45. The senior's finish was a hefty minute improvement from last year.
Sophomore Lauren Colman and senior Cara Seats finished 13th and 31st, respectively.
"I was really pleased with Lauren," Boone said. "She's becoming a real good runner and she and Emily have become a real nice one-two punch."
The boys team continued to improve their standings at the event by taking sixth place with 136 points. The finish is a 17-point improvement over last year's 163 points.
Individually, Cardinal junior Cody Burns took the highest place for the team with a 14th-place finish and a time of 18:41 in the 5-kilometer run.
The finish marked a 51-second improvement for Burns in the meet and showed the head coach how much he's improved.
"Cody's really matured as a runner," Boone said. "He's the type of kid who will learn from his running experiences and know exactly how to improve on them."
Junior Tim DeArmond took 19th with a time of 19:19, an 18-second improvement from his 2004 meet.
Senior Sean Wiard took 46th overall, while newcomers Soeren Quittkat and Joey Chino finished 34th and 36th.
The Cardinals travel to Wamego Saturday for the Wamego Invitational. The meet begins at 9 a.m.
Anderson County Invitational results
Boys team scores:
1. Baldwin 26 (1), 2. Louisburg 70, 3. De Soto 91 (hm), 4. Anderson County 112, 5. Iola 124, 6. Eudora 136, 7. Santa Fe Trail 205, 8. Wellsville 218 (hm), 9. Osawatomie 220 (Incomplete Teams: The King's Academy, Spring Hill, Prairie View ], Pleasanton, Pomona)
Girls' team scores:
1. Baldwin 42 (1), 2. De Soto 53 (hm), 3. Eudora 53 (8), 4. Iola 100 (hm), 5. Santa Fe Trail 124, 6. Wellsville 137 (Incomplete Teams: Marmotan Valley, Anderson County, Prairie View, Pleasanton, Osawatomie, Piper) (Cross country coaches ranking in parenthesis)