EHS runners struggle at Rim Rock
It wasn’t their best showings of the year place-wise for the Eudora Cardinals cross country team last week. But the JV girls third place finish at Tonganoxie and the varsity girls 19th place finish out of 31 schools at KU Rim Rock in Lawrence was still pleasing to coach Paul Boone.
“I can never fault their effort,” Boone said. “This year’s group, they give their all and I really appreciate that.”
Because Eudora ran two meets in a week, it ran only partial squads at both Tonganoxie and Rim Rock. Kaya Riemann led the Cardinals girls squad with a 31st place run of 17:55 at the 4K event.
“She has had some great training runs and she is just hungry,” Boone said. “She will do it. She’s a tough competitor.”
Joanna Male finished in 79th at 19:17, Chelsea Grammer came in 90th at 19:39, Taylor Johnson finished at 20:02 and Molly Brunton finished the race at 20:49.
The boys did not score as a team at Rim Rock because runner Ivan Espinosa left the race because of cramps about 2 miles to go in the race. Boone said Espinosa’s leaving the race was a good opportunity for other members of the boys squad to improve their individual performances.
“You never know, you may have the race of your life right there in front of you and I want them to keep that in mind to seize that opportunity,” Boone said.
One runner who did just that was Colby Root. Root led the team for the first time in his career, finishing the race in 32nd and had a season best run of 19:01 in the 5K event.
“He was running well even when Ivan went down, but I hink it was some renewed vigor,” Boone said. “He’s carved off a good 35 seconds off this course since last year. So he’s making good progress.”
Nima Jafari finished 55th at 19:44, teammates Alex Tacke came in 59th at 19:50 and Chase Brecheisen came in 87th at 20:25.
Boone said that had Espinosa not gone down, he thought Eudora would have most likely finished in the top 10.
“Rim Rock is one of those meets that will show you where you’re at for sure,” Boone said. “We’ve got a team that’s continuing to progress and we will continue to improve.
“We’ve got some things we need to work on as far as taking care of ourselves before the race, making sure we’re hydrated and dealing with those little things that make such a big importance.”
Boone said this week Espinosa would take a little different path in training in an effort to better simulate racing conditions. Espinosa has battled nagging injuries all season and Rim Rock was just his second run of the year.
Next up for the Cardinals runners are two meets this week. The first is a run today at Gardner and the second is the Metro Classic at Peculiar, Mo., on Saturday.
Boone said it was again likely that Eudora would run partial squads at each meet.