Track team rolls at Wellsville
If Eudora High School's track and field results at last Thursday's Redbud Classic in Wellsville are any indication of how the Cardinals might perform at the league, regional and state meet, then they should be feeling pretty good about themselves.
The girls team again took first place with 110 points, beating the second-place team, Wellsville, by 32 points. The boys team also fared very well, taking third in the 20-team meet with 58 points.
Coach Phil Katzenmeier said the Redbud Classic was by far the most difficult meet Eudora had competed in to date and was a good indicator of future successes.
"The league meet has 13 schools and regional meet has 16 teams," Katzenmeier said. "Most of the meets we've attended are pretty large. But that Wellsville meet is a pretty good barometer of how we'll do because it is such a quality meet."
The meet also marked something new: Joey Chino took first in the 3,200-meter race at 10:04.4 while Cody Burns followed immediately in second with a time of 10:05. Just like at the previous meet, Burns was holding onto the lead until the last 100 meters. Chino picked up his pace and barely passed Burns.
Katzenmeier said he loved watching two strong athletes compete against each other, as they had a healthy and friendly rivalry that pushed both of them.
"They improved their times again," Katzenmeier said. "The week before they ran it in about 10:11. Again, it was fun to watch, as they gave it their all. Their friendly rivalry is good for us because it makes them always run harder and get better."
Emily Ballock also improved her high hurdles record, and the school's record, making it through the course in 15 seconds flat. But Ballock didn't stop there. She also set a new personal, school and meet record in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 43.6. Ballock placed in first in both events.
The field athletes also had a good meet. Kendal Abel set a personal record in the triple jump, making it a distance of 31-5.5, which earned her a second-place finish. Stephen Prudden took sixth in the discus with his throw of 122-9.
Katzenmeier said he was very pleased with the field event finishes, considering all of the varying aspects that comprised field events.
"In field events, there are a lot of factors so it's difficult to improve that week in and week out. We'd like to get as many points out of the field events and get them to set some personal records. We're at the time of year where we want to see that."
The track and field teams are scheduled to compete again at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Ottawa for the Frontier League meet.
Katzenmeier said overall, the quality of the Cardinals he had been seeing recently boded well for individual and team performances in the last three meets of the season.
"We progress weekly," Katzenmeier said. "We had some kids that had performances that greatly improved. We needed people to step up because we're at that point where we want everybody to be ready before we head to Wichita.
"But this is the pinnacle of the season, and we're looking forward to what we can do."