Race results pleasing as Cards trip to Wamego
With a solid race by senior Emily Ballock to finish in ninth place in the individually, the Eudora High School girls cross-country team was able to land a ninth-place finish and the boys a 10th-place showing at the massive and competitive Wamego Invitational.
"In cross country, we typically run the same meets year in and year out, with a few exceptions," Eudora coach Paul Boone said. "While the weather conditions vary, this gives a good chance to gauge our progress. Our boys and girls are coming along quite well."
Ballock smashed her personal record with a time of 16 minutes, 7 seconds, 17 seconds ahead of her previous top mark, to come away with a medal. The Cardinals finished with 239 total points, ninth in the 19-team, 133-runner field. They were 26 ahead of Ulysses and just nine behind Clearwater, though well back of team champion De Soto, which finished with 82.
"I love the way we are preparing, controlling what we can control," Boone said. "Our kids are getting more comfortable racing and we had some real breakthrough races on Saturday.
"Emily Ballock smashed her PR, racing to a ninth-place finish in arguably the toughest race of the season. Liz Hoese had a giant PR, also medaling. Bre Miller ran extremely well, just two seconds off her personal best. All of these athletes have had good workouts and continue to get stronger and stronger."
Hoese finished in 34th place with a time of 17:11, 13 seconds ahead of her previous top mark. Miller managed to complete the race with a time of 18:02 to finish in 57th place.
Other Eudora girls runners who competed were Lauren Colman, who finished in 67th in 18:14, and Molly Brunton, who was 80th in 18:32.
On the boys' side, Eudora came in with a score of 301 team points to come away with a top 10 finish, 17 back of Colby in the ninth position. Mulvane grabbed the top spot with a team score of 50 points.
Grabbing the highest spot for the boys team was Juan Ramirez, who finished in 30th place with a time of 18:52. Ivan Espinosa finished in 40th place at 19:18.
"Our young kids had good races," Boone said. "Juan Ramirez and Ivan Espinosa didn't run personal bests, but competed well and both medaled. A medal from Wamego is very impressive.
"These two are in the top five or six freshman in 4A and they continue to get better and better. Their work ethic is outstanding and they are very teachable."
Other Cardinals who finished the race were John Hadle in 67th place (20:21), Colby Root in 83rd (20:44), Zac Courter in 91st (21:03) and Chase Brecheisen in 112th (22:07).
"John Hadle ran healthy this week and looked smooth throughout the race," Boone said. "He rose to the challenge of the competition and I expect good things from him in the next two weeks. Colby Root continues to improve in only his second time running 5K."