Cardinals break four school records, tie two in ’09
Eudora track coach Phil Katzenmeier said he’s had a record-breaking track season similar to this year — only it had been a few years ago.
The 2009 Eudora track team tied or broke six school records and concluded its season with a respectable showing at the state track meet in which the Cardinals qualified athletes in eight different events.
“This is really nice to see more improvement up there on the board,” Katzenmeier said. “And if you look at that, then it’s been a very successful season.”
Individually, Justin Ballock broke the school’s high hurdle record in the first meet of the year with a time of 40.2. Ballock also set the school record in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.8.
Four Eudora girls also etched their names into the top of the record books. Kendal Abel broke the school record in javelin with a throw of 121 feet, Shea Lounsbury broke the girls triple jump record at the Cardinal Relays with a leap of 33-10. She then broke that at state with a leap of 33-10 1/4. Allison Hoover tied the school record in pole vault at 10-6 and also placed third at state, and Alisha Wingebach tied the school record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.4.
At state, Ballock placed sixth and seventh in the hurdles, and Cody Carlson finished 10th in shot put. The girls 4x100 relay team of Abel, Wingebach, Tianna Dunnaway and Rachel Pyle finished sixth. It was the fourth year in a row that the relay team qualified for state and the third-straight year it medaled. Wingebach also finished 10th in the 100. The girls 3,200 relay team of JoAnna Male, Hannah Katzenmeier, Jamie Orth and Bre Miller finished 15th at state.
Team-wise the Cardinals also had strong performances, coming in second and third at De Soto, fourth and fifth at Baldwin and sixth at league. Eudora will lose many seniors next year, but return many underclassmen as well as Ballock and Lounsbury.
“We had a lot of seniors this year, and we had a lot of freshman and sophomores on the team this year and we’ll really look to Justin and Shea for leadership next year,” Katzenmeier said. “They’re three-year letter people and have been in the program, so they’ll know everything that’s going on. And they’ll have to provide some of the leadership, and we’ll just try to bring those younger people along and continue to try to do the best we can.”