Braves track and field place third at B-L Relays
Hosting the first track meet in 16 years was only a mere step in the rebuilding of the Basehor-Linwood track and field program, while Bonner Springs looked to be in mid-season form.
The Braves had a splendid showing on both sides as well, finishing third in boys and girls competition.
"All of the coaches are very proud of the way our team is coming to the meets to compete," said Bonner Springs head track coach Jim Mitchell. "Our team is much stronger overall than the 2000 squad. We are working hard and getting that competitive attitude as a team."
"We are scoring points in areas that we haven't been getting much out of in past seasons."
Tonganoxie dominated both the boys and girls events, winning first place over Lansing and Perry-Lecompton, respectively.
The Braves boys' team earned five first-place medals as Bonner Springs senior Brock Peterson earned three, winning the 1600 and 3200-meter events.
Peterson cruised to a 36-second victory in the 3200-meter run, while nearly breaking the 11-minute mark (11:00.8).
Peterson also ran the first leg of the 4x800-meter relay, helping teammates Donnie Shepherd, Steve Lutjen and Anthony Cox to a first-place finish.
Aaron Weathers also took first place for the Braves in the 300-meter hurdles, while teammate Travis Slankard finished fourth.
In the 300-meter hurdles, Weathers had a time of 44.83 to win the event, while in field events, Jason Coleman took first in the shot put with a heave of 45-2 1/2.
Coleman and teammate Jeremy Woods finished second and fourth, respectively in the discus. Basehor-Linwood junior Justin Ishmael won the discus event with a 129-9 mark, while junior Danny Rundus took sixth in both the discus and shot put.
Earning fourth place finished for the Bobcats were sophomores John Clouse (high jump) and Jeff Lackner (400-meter dash) On the girls' side, the Braves excelled in all running events, with the exception of the 100 and 300-meter hurdle events. Bonner Springs took first in the 3200 and 400-meter relays, while Morgan McConico and Corrine Vanderburg finished 1-2 in the 800-meter run.
McConico ran in both relays, while Vanderburg participated in the 3200.
Meryl Miller broke her own school record in the pole vault with a 7-foot-6 mark. Miller set the record last year with a 6-6 distance.
Braves senior Angelique Howard had a pair of third-place finishes in the shot put and high jump, while taking fifth in the 100-meter dash.
Bobcat senior Sarah Jump placed in three events (long jump, triple jump and 100-meter dash), while sophomore Kindle Rose earned a runner-up finish in the 100-meter and fourth in the 400-meter dash.
Tonganoxie edged out Perry-Lecompton by six points to win the first-place trophy. Basehor-Linwood finished sixth place with 24 points.