Awards aplenty for Cardinals after trip to Silver Lake meet
With 30 season bests, nine meet records, two stadium records and two school records, it's hard to argue that both the girls and boys track and field teams made their presence felt in a big way Friday at the Silver Lake Invitational.
The meet, where both the varsity and junior varsity teams competed, was a rousing success, coach Phil Katzenmeier said. He said he loved being able to take both teams to the same meet.
"This is kind of a rare opportunity for us to run both the varsity and junior varsity teams," Katzenmeier said. "It allows us to take all our kids to one meet. They all had a nice day, and there were many really good performances."
It was the usual suspects that came through to set the personal records. Cody Burns, first, and Joey Chino, second, recorded personal bests in the 3,200-meter race, finishing it in 10 minutes, 11.4 seconds and 10:11.6.
"It was fun to watch them run," Katzenmeier said. "They took command of the race and then ran with each other the whole eight laps. Then, in the last 200, Joey took a stab at winning, which pushed Cody."
Allison Hoover also reached her best in the pole vault, making it 9-foot-6 and taking first.
And what would a meet be without another Emily Ballock record? Ballock improved upon her Kansas Relays-winning 300-meter hurdles time by more than half a second, finishing at 43.9 seconds.
But the victories were not strictly limited to the varsity athletes. Katzenmeier said he was exceptionally pleased with all of his junior varsity athletes, especially Cody Carlson, who tied the JV meet record in the shot put with a distance of 43-2, good for first place.
"Cody's been competing in varsity all season even though he's a sophomore," Katzenmeier said. "It's good for him to finally compete against other people his age. He's probably improved by eight or 10 feet over the year. He's consistently getting better week in and week out."
Overall, the varsity girls were right back on top after last week's bobble, crushing the other 10 teams. The team scored 132 points and led the second-place team, Wellsville, by 52 points. The junior varsity girls placed fourth.
The varsity boys almost took third place, but fell behind Royal Valley by one point. With 73 points, the boys took fourth. The junior varsity boys also took fourth place.
Katzenmeier said the strong team finishes came as a result of many Eudora athletes placing in the various events.
"When we didn't win events, we were still placing two or three people," Katzenmeier said. "We were getting quality points all across the board. That's a great thing to have -- a balanced team. They work out with each other every day and support each other. Quality is all they know."
The varsity teams are scheduled to compete Friday in Wellsville for the second time this season. But just because it's a familiar venue for the kids does not mean the competition will be easy, Katzenmeier said.
"This is a different type of meet than the earlier one," Katzenmeier said. "Only seven schools went last time, and we could run everybody we wanted to. This meet has 19 schools, and it's more limited on the number of events we can run. It's high quality competition and we're looking forward to it."