Cold weather doesn’t wilt high-flying Cardinals
It might have been chilly Monday night at the Riley County Falcon relays, but that didn't stop the Cardinal track and field team from keeping things hot.
Overall, the girls team took the championship home with 150 points, 38 better than second-place Riley County. The boys team finished in the runner-up spot with 113 points, just 15 points shy of Riley County.
Coach Phil Katzenmeier said his teams performed admirably at the meet, considering all of the competition was previously unseen by Eudora.
"We have not seen any of these teams, which is good because we need to see as many as we can," Katzenmeier said. "We were very competitive, and our kids listened with an interested ear the whole meet for the team scores to know what needed to be done."
But it wasn't just the overall team standings that were notable. Many Cardinals earned meet records, placing first in each category and scrawled their names in that meet's history.
First, Brittney Graff ran the 3,200-meter in 11 minutes 31.8 seconds. Cody Burns ran the same event in 10:20.4. The girls 3,200 relay team, comprised of Lauren Colman, Liz Hoese, Lindsey Slavens and Graff ran it in 10:34.2. Emily Ballock ran the high hurdles in 15.8 seconds. Alisha Wingebach, Kendal Abel, Tianna Dunnaway and Rachel Pyle ran the 400 relay in 51.9 seconds. The Dunnaway, Slavens, Graff and Ballock 1,600 relay team finished the race in 4:18.4.
"It was the first time we had been to that meet," Katzenmeier said. "In that regard we were unsure what to expect. We certainly made an impact. It feels pretty good leaving a mark behind. We definitely did well."
But the records made weren't limited to just meet records. Ballock now owns the school (and meet) record for the 400, running it in 58.8. Ballock's time just eclipsed her sister Megan's time from the year before. Graff also has a new school record in the 1,600, running it in 5:18.4.
Those cool temperatures might not have affected the school and meet record holders, but that didn't mean everyone was immune to the conditions. Katzenmeier said some of his younger athletes had trouble adapting to the brisk temperature, which hindered some individual performances.
"The conditions impacted some more than others," Katzenmeier said. "Some of the kids with a little less experience probably didn't spend as much time warming up and didn't perform too well. But it was a good learning experience ? trying to deal with the weather."
The track and field teams are scheduled to compete again at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Anderson County. Katzenmeier said the meet would be comprised of Frontier League teams and Perry-Lecompton. He said the team used the meet to gauge its progress up to that point.
If the Riley County meet taught the Cardinals anything, though, Katzenmeier said it was that they were a hardworking team and should present themselves well at the Anderson County Invitational.
"We stepped in there and made people check their Kansas map to see where Eudora is located at when we were in Riley County," Katzenmeier said. "Anytime we make a positive impact like that, it looks good for the school and for the community."