Grain Valley opened its boys and girls track and field seasons at the Grain Valley Relays on different ends of the emotional spectrum.

Grain Valley opened its boys and girls track and field seasons at the Grain Valley Relays on different ends of the emotional spectrum.

Both teams finished a respectable third on Tuesday. However, the boys team came away from the meet a little disappointed in their finish, while the girls team was ecstatic .

The boys team had first-place finishes in the shuttle hurdles, 3,200 meters, 800, long jump, triple jump and high jump relays. The Eagles also placed third in the shot put relay to finish with 77 points, just behind second place Pleasant Hill (84 points) and first place Kearney (88).

“As a team, I was real happy,” Grain Valley boys coach Marc Cleveland said. “But I was a little disappointed that we got disqualified in three events (800 medley, 400 relay and 1,600 relay). That’s a lot of points we left on the track. We probably should have won.”

Cleveland said the Eagles actually won the 1,600 relay but was disqualified after it was ruled their anchor tossed the baton after crossing the finish line.

“If we had won that, we would have won the meet,” Cleveland said. “We’re going to fix the focus. We have a really good team and we’re going to be OK this year.”

On the girls side, the Eagles took first place in the high jump relay with a combined jump of 13 feet, 8 inches. They finished second in the 3,200, discus, shot put and long jump relays and third in the shuttle hurdle and 1,600 relays to finish with 68 points as a team. Kearney was first with 87 points.

“Overall, I’m proud of the girls,” girls coach Cris Byingston said. “We had a lot of first- year runners, and I think we did pretty good. This is just the beginning for us. We have some outstanding girls and we know it’s going to be a good year. They’re ready to go.”