All set for state
Several Cardinals qualify for state track meet
It’s that time of year again. The state track meet begins Friday at Cessna Stadium in Wichita, and the Eudora Cardinals once again have a strong contingent of athletes who qualified for the meet with strong performances last week at regionals.
“I thought we performed pretty well,” Eudora track coach Phil Katzenmeier said. “No big surprises really, but no big disappointments either.”
For the Eudora girls, state qualifiers are Allison Hoover in the pole vault, Alisha Wingebach in the 100-meter dash, Shea Lounsbury in the triple jump, the 4x100 relay team and the 4x800 relay team.
Hoover tied for first in pole vault at 10-feet, Wingebach finished second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.93, Lounsbury placed third with a jump of 33-09. The girls 4x100 relay team placed first and the 4x800 relay placed third.
For the boys, two Cardinals will compete at the state meet. Justin Ballock qualified for state in both hurdle events with a pair of third-place finishes and Cody Carlson qualified in the shot put by placing third with a throw of 45-03 1/4. Eudora faced stiff competition at regionals and had several athletes set season bests and advance to the finals of various events but fell just short in qualifying.
Christian Richardson placed 10th in long jump and eighth in triple jump, and Brian Katzfey placed seventh in long jump and ninth in triple jump but did not advance. The Cardinals also had a couple relay teams place but not in the top four needed to advance to state.
“They ran pretty well, but it just wasn’t enough,” Katzenmeier said.
Heading into the final meet of the year, the Cardinals track coach is hoping his athletes will bring some hardware back from Wichita.
“We want to perform our best,” he said. “At this point in the season we just want to continue to improve and we’ll hone our skills this week.”