Eudora girls sprint to season-opening title in Snowball Relays
Sophomore Emily Ballock began running the 100-meter hurdles late last season.
On Tuesday however, in her first race of the 2006 season, she looked as though she'd been acing the event from the time she knew how to run.
Ballock captured first place in the hurdles at the Snowball Relays in Wellsville with a time of 16.6 seconds.
"I changed to three-stepping out there instead of four-stepping and I three stepped all of them except the last one. I was really excited about that because I've never done that in practice," Ballock said. "I felt really strong out there. I think I'm further ahead of where I was last year so I'm really excited about that."
Ballock backed that effort up with a run in the 300 hurdles of 47.3, which was good for a new meet record at the Wellsville event.
Junior Brittney Graff matched Ballock with a meet record of her own in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 11:44.3.
Ballock, Graff and the rest of the Cardinals girls squad made it a successful opening day as they took the Snowball title with a first-place score of 146 points. The finish was 26 points better than Wellsville's 120 and 72 points ahead of Paola and Santa Fe Trail, tied in third.
Cardinal sophomore Lauren Colman grabbed a first-place medal in the 1,600 with a time of 6:02.03.
In the relays, the team of Megan Ballock, Colman, Graff and freshman Bre Miller took first in the 3,200 with a time of 10:43.4. The Cardinals also took first place in the 1,600 relay with a final time of 4:15.2.
"We had some great efforts for the first meet of the season," Eudora coach Phil Katzenmeier said. "The girls winning relay times as well as the meet records are very impressive."
In Tuesday's girls field events, senior Carrie Lister took top honors in both the discus and the shot put. Lister won the discus with a throw of 104 feet 7 inches and the shot put at 34-8 ?.
For the boys, senior Nolan Smith took first place in the 400-meter dash, while junior Cody Burns did the same in the 3,200 with a time of 10:52.8.
The team of Burns, Carlos Canizales, Jordan Katzfey and Soeren Quittkat used a late push to finish third in the 3,200 relay with a time of 9:28.4.
Overall, the boys squad took sixth in the meet with 46 points, 102 points behind first-place Paola.
"This was a great start to 2006," Katzenmeier said. "Thankfully the weather was very cooperative with the light wind and warmer temperatures. We're really looking forward to the rest of the season."
The Cardinals will participate Friday in the Baldwin Invitational, which will take place at Wellsville because of track repairs at Baldwin.
Girls team standings:
Eudora 146; 2. Wellsville 120; 3. Paola 74; 3. Santa Fe Trail 74.
100- 2. Rachel Pyle 13.0
200- 2. Emily Ballock 26.9, 3. Megan Ballock 27.5, 4. Rachel Pyle 28.0
400- 2. Megan Ballock, 63.4, 4. Alisha Wingebach, 69.1, 5. Tianna Dunnaway, 70.0
800- 3. Bre Miller 2:47.9
1,600- 1. Lauren Coleman 6:02.3
3,200- 1. Brittney Graff, 11:44.3, Meet Record
400 Relay- 3. Alisha Wingebach, Kendal Abel, Tianna Dunnaway, Rachel Pyle, 52.7.
1,600 Relay--1. Emily Ballock, Lauren Coleman, Brittney Graff , Megan Ballock, 4:15.3
3,200 Relay--1. Brittney Graff, Lauren Coleman, Bre Miller, Megan Ballock, 10:43.4
High hurdles-1. Emily Ballock, 16.6
300 hurdles- 1. Emily Ballock, 47.3, Meet Record
Long jump- 4. Kendal Abel, 14-11
Shot put- 1. Carrie Lister ,34-8.75
Discus- 1. Carrie Lister, 104-7
Pole vault- 2. Allison Hoover, 8-6
Javelin-Carrie Lister, 100-7
Boys team standings:
1. Paola 148; 2. Wellsville 121.5; 3; Santa Fe Trail 105; 6. Eudora 43.
1,600 Relay- 6. Travis Clarke, Jorden Katzfey, Paul Chaffin, Cody Burns, 3:57.4.
3,200 Relay- 3. Cody Burns, Carlos Canizales, Jorden Katzfey, Soeren Quittkat, 9:28.4.
High hurdle- 5. Paul Chaffin, 18.2
Thrower's Relay-2. Richard Wilks, Steven Prudden, Cody Carlson, Jorden Wise, 52.5
200- 4. Nolan Smith, 24.5.
400- 1. Nolan Smith, 54.2, 3. Paul Chaffin, 45.9
3,200- 1.Cody Burns, 10:52.8.