BLHS eager for Kaw Valley meet
Heading for the league cross country meet, Basehor-Linwood coach Kelly Brundgardt thinks her runners are peaking.
But even if they are peaking, the boys won't be in the running for a team title in the Kaw Valley League Thursday, Oct. 11.
There aren't enough of them.
Brundgardt has only four boys on her cross country squad this season and that's not enough to qualify for team competition. They can, however, compete for individual honors and senior Joe Yslas is optimistic about the Bobcats chances.
Yslas agreed with his coach and said he thinks his fellow runners are reaching their potential at the right time.
Two weeks ago the Bobcats both boys and girls performed well at the Lansing Invitational and last week, on Oct. 4, they made another strong showing at the Pleasant Ridge Invitational. Yslas said he expects the solid showings to continue at today's meet that the Bobcats are hosting at St. Mary's College in Leavenworth.
"I feel like the whole team should be peaking right now and I think we are," Yslas said.
"I think I have a good chance to medal, I think a lot of our team does."
On the girls side, the Bobcats will be fielding a team for the first time this season.
Five girls, led by seniors Jessica Kelley, Wendy Percifield and Jessica Robinett, will give the Bobcats a chance to not only medal individually, but also as a team .
"I think we're going to have enough for a girls team and I'm really excited about it," Brungardt said. "I think the girls are very excited, too."
Brundgardt said the Bobcats have not faced a few of the teams that will compete at the KVL meet and that makes the meet a little more interesting than the rest.
"It's a little bit bigger than all the rest because it's your league," Brungardt said. "I'm not sure if it's that way because of the natural rivalries or what, but it does seem to be a little more important."
As for preparation for the meet, Brungardt said things would pretty much be the same.
"You still do the same types of things to get prepared," she said. "By this time of the season you should be running your best anyway, so it shouldn't really take much to get ready."
The Bobcats host the Kaw Valley League meet at St. Mary's College in Leavenworth.
The KVL meet will begin at 4:30 p.m.