Girls third, boys sixth at league
Eudora competed in the first of three postseason meets Thursday in the Frontier League Championships at Spring Hill. This was the first time that only eight teams competed in the league meet, but there was still plenty of competition in both running and field events.
The Eudora girls scored 88 points, finishing in third place, while the boys scored 34 points for sixth place.
"I felt we did as well as we could," coach Phil Katzenmeier said. "We had a number of season bests and competed with great effort."
The Cardinals had three league champions come out of the meet, all on the girls side. Like they have all year, the girls 400 relay breezed past the competition for first, as did senior Emily Ballock, who won the 300 hurdles. The biggest surprise from the meet was junior Kendal Abel claiming the title in the long jump.
"Actually, when I jumped I landed in the sand, got up and brushed myself off, and I was like, 'It's not a very good jump,' and I actually said that out loud," Abel said. "Then he said 16'1" and I kind of stopped and turned around and he said, 'Yeah, I said 16-1.' I got really xcited."
In addition to her personal record in the long jump and helping win the 400 relay, Abel placed third in both the javelin and triple jump. She threw 115-8 in the javelin and leapt 32-4.75 in the triple jump, both new season bests.
Ballock's time of 44.1 seconds in the 300 hurdles was a new season best, as was her time of 26.73 in the 200. Ballock also ran a 15.83 to finish second in the 100 hurdles, but during the race she suffered an ankle injury. Ballock said she landed on her foot sideways, and Katzenmeier told her he thought she'd sprained it.
"But I saw the trainer and he taped it up," she said. "It hurts when I plant and push off, it's kind of on the inside."
Despite the injury, Ballock believes she's ready to compete in the regional meet at Ottawa on Friday, though she isn't exactly sure in which events she'll compete.
"I'm excited, I feel like I'm getting to where I need to be at the end of the season," Ballock said.
Over the past few meets the girls 3,200 relay has performed better and better, and on Thursday they crossed the line in 10:27.24, finishing second. Junior Elizabeth Hoese and freshmen Kaya Riemann, Hannah Katzenmeier and Kaitlyn Roberts each ran a season best time to help the team capture second.
Juniors Alisha Wingebach, Tianna Dunnaway and Rachel Pyle Abel's three teammates in the 400 relay placed second, fourth and eighth, respectively, in the 100.
On the boys side, sophomore Justin Ballock ran a season best time of 41.04 in the 300 hurdles to place third. He also finished third in the 100 hurdles with a season best time of 15.64.
With a time of 45.68, the boys 400 relay team of juniors Ryan Fisher, Ben Katzenmeier, Mike White and freshman Ryan Mendel looked better than it has all year. Their season best time earned them third place.
White also placed fourth in the 100 with a time of 11.73 while Katzenmeier threw 145-1 for fifth place in the javelin.
Senior Jordan Katzfey, who had a very strong meet at last week's Redbud Classic, didn't perform as well as he was hoping in the triple jump. Katzfey jumped 40-7.25, finishing in fourth place.
"I'm hoping to work out some nerves this weekend and next week at practice to get everything perfect," Katzfey said, who added that he was a little shaky out on the runway.
With the league meet behind them, Eudora now must turn its attention to the regional meet Friday evening at Ottawa. In order to qualify for the state meet on May 23-24, competitors must place in the top four at regionals.
"I believe we will do well at regionals and qualify some events we did not expect when the season began," Katzenmeier said.
Katzenmeier estimates that his team could send about 15 athletes to Wichita for the state meet, and some of the favorites include the girls 400 relay and Emily Ballock in the