Friday, Sep. 28, 2012
Olathe North’s Achoki fifth at Rim Rock
By TOD PALMER
The Kansas City Star
Olathe North junior Loretta Achoki fights nerves before most of her races. In many cases, it affects her running.
“Sometimes I start off too fast,” Achoki said. “And by the end of the race, I’m dying.”
Achoki picked a good time to find her pace. In one of the fall’s largest regular season meets — the Rim Rock Farm Classic — she took fifth place in the girls crimson division with a time of 15:51. Afterwards, she called it the best run of her career.
“I paced myself,” Achoki said. “I was only in like 20th (place) the first mile, then I started speeding up.”
In addition to settling on a better pace, Achoki credited her strong showing to a new strategy on the course’s hills. Rather than falling behind as she ran uphill, she sprinted up most of them.
She wasn’t the only Olathe North runner with a good day. The team placed second in the girls crimson division. Jami Clay (13th), Libby Friesen (25th), Abby Friesen (47th) and Taylor Walters (63) rounded up the team’s lineup.
Falcon gymnasts second
Led by freshman Adrienne Eisenhart, Olathe South finished second Tuesday at the Falcon Invitational gymnastics meet. The host Falcons totaled 95.8875 points, finishing behind only Shawnee Mission East (96.9625).
Eisenhart won the all-around title with a 33.5125 points total and also claimed first in the floor exercise (9.1). She also finished second on the vault (9.0), third on the uneven bars (7.8625), fifth on the balance beam (7.55).
“She doesn’t lack confidence and has set very high goals for herself,” said coach Jay Roberts, who is in charge of Olathe North and Olathe South. “With Senna Hargett out for a few weeks with a sprained ankle, Adrienne is going to set up for us.”
South’s Abby Skiles won the beam (8.05), while Savannah Brigdon was third on the floor (8.6).
“Another bright spot for us is the return of Abby Skiles, who has come back very strongly after taking one year off,” Roberts said. “She also is very determined and extremely tough. We are very happy to see her back.”
Ravens’ Judd continues to excel
Olathe Northwest finished 20 shots ahead of Olathe North, which in turn edged Olathe East by 4 strokes Monday at the Shawnee Mission East Invitational.
BV North claimed the team championship with a 334 score at Meadowbrook Country Club. The Ravens shot 373 and wound up fourth overall behind the Mustangs, St. Thomas Aquinas (338) and the host Lancers (340).
Audrey Judd led the way for ONW, finishing third individually with a 3-over par 75 behind Saints senior Jordan Chael (73) and BV North sophomore JeanTyrell (74).
Eagles senior Megan Manning fired an 86 and claimed eighth.
Two days later, Judd and Allison Haddad teamed up Wednesday at the Carol Gillard Girls Golf Invitational for a runner-up finish in the varsity scramble event with a 31, which tied for the low round
with BV West’s Alexa Henderson and Alex Larson.
Corder claims conference honor
For the second time this season, New Hampshire forward Kirstyn Corder was selected Monday as the America East Conference girls soccer rookie of the week.
Corder, an Olathe East graduate who powered the Hawks to a perfect season and a mythical national title last season, had a goal and the game-winning assists in a 2-1 overtime win against Holy Cross.
She later added the game-winning penalty kick in a 2-1 win against Maryland-Baltimore County.