New runners debut, help EHS to top 5 finish
Kaya Riemann, Joanna Male and Ivan Espinosa all made their season running debuts at the Wellsville Invitational last Thursday.
And if their performances are a glimpse into the second half of the season, then Eudora cross country coach Paul Boone could be quite pleased.
Riemann and Male finished third and fifth to help lead the Cardinals to a second place overall finish, and Espinosa came in 10th for the boys squad, which finished fourth overall at the meet.
"A lot of good things happened at Wellsville," Boone said.
Riemann and Male had both been out previously because of nagging injuries. But Riemann's run of 17:24 at the 4K event and Male's run of 18:03 satisfied Boone.
"She (Riemann) ran real close to her personal best and was real controlled through her whole run," Boone said. "And Joanna was really controlled too and ran a strong race. I felt like our girls did a good job."
Chelsea Grammer finished in 20th with a time of 18:59 and Molly Brunton finished in 23rd with a run of 19:12. Taylor Johnson finished three spots behind Brunton at 19:17 and Liz Hoese and Bre Miller finished in 31st and 42nd, respectively. Anderson County finished first at the meet, 19 points better than Eudora.
"Up and down the line we had some girls improve their times for the season," Boone said. "And that's kind of what we're looking for right now."
On the boys side, Espinosa's run of 18:31 in the 5K event was just one second off from his time last year at Wellsville.
"He had a good first outing," Boone said. "It wasn't as fast as he would have liked to have run, but I thought he ran within himself and he did a good job for where he is at right now.
"He really just tried to stay consistent and just finish out this race. But he did a lot of good things."
Rounding out the boys run was Nima Jafari who finished in 21st with a time of 19:12. Colby Root came in two spots later at 19:20. Alex Tacke came in 27th at 19:37 and Chase Brecheisen came in 32nd at 19:52 and John Hadle came in 45th at 20:31.
Boone said it was encouraging to see five runners finish under 20 minutes, but was still a bit disappointed. Eudora was just one point away from finishing in third place overall.
"For our guys this was a good opportunity to realize that every person is important," Boone said. "We were one point from third, but we had guys that finished hard and beat people at the line.
"But it's always important to understand that every man is important and that every place is important. You should understand that whether it's a mile and a half out or two steps from the finish line that place could be the difference."
Eudora had a meet Tuesday at Tonganoxie but only ran part of its squad because Boone didn't want to run the kids twice in one week. Eudora will run part of its squad Saturday at Rim Rock farm in Lawrence.
For more on the two meets read next Thursday's Eudora News.