Archive for Thursday, December 27, 2007

Success, heartbreak share stage at regionals

December 27, 2007

It was an up and down day for the Eudora track team in May when it traveled to Santa Fe Trail High School for it's 4A track and field regional.

All ended well for the most part, however, as the Cardinals sent another strong contingent to the state track meet and the girls squad proved it was still one of the best in the state.

Bolstered by a strong relay contingent, the girls team tied for first place at the meet, finishing with 84 points, the same as Augusta.

Emily Ballock helped carry the team, qualifying for state in all four of here events - the 300-meter hurdles, 100 hurdles, 200 dash and 1,600 relay.

Brittney Graff set up her Cardinal swan song by winning and qualifying in three events - the 1,600, 3,200 and the 3,200 relay.

The girls 400 relay also qualified, as did Allison Hoover in the pole vault.

"It's just a great bunch," Eudora coach Phil Katzenmeier said of the girls team at the time.

Then-freshman Justin Ballock was the only guys team member to qualify. He won the 300 hurdles and also went in the 100 hurdles.

The downside of the day came as several other Cardinals barley missed opportunites to carry on their season. Veteran senior distance runners Cody Burns and Joey Chino got stuck in the most difficult grouping of the four 4A regionals. Their times would have easily qualified elsewhere, but in Santa Fe Trail were just short.

Senior pole vaulter Austin Hoover also could have qualified in another region, but just missed in his own.

It wasn't the perfect day - not with the near misses - but thanks to the girls success', the Eudora's 2007 Class 4A regional was definitely one of the highlights of the Eudora sporting year.

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