BLHS season ends at KVL cross country meet
The Basehor-Linwood girls cross country team competed as a full squad for the first time this season at the Oct. 11th Kaw Valley League meet in Leavenworth, and although the squad only finished 7th, the Bobcats were pleased with the results.
"It was really nice seeing a full team out there," BLHS coach Kelly Brungardt said. "I was really proud of the girls who ran today."
Seniors Wendy Percifield, Jessica Robinett and Jessica Kelley paced the girls team, that finished with 171 points five points ahead of De Soto and 12 points behind sixth-place Piper. Junior Megan Tanney also placed in the top 50 for the Bobcats.
Percifield was the Bobcats' top finisher as she finished in 14th place with a time of 13:45. Robinett finished in 34th place at 15:04, Kelley in 42th at 15:47 and Tanney in 44th at 15:50.
"I wish I would've done better, because it was the league meet, and the final meet for me in high school," Kelley said. "But it was a lot of fun and it was a great way for us to go out."
Just two weeks ago, the Bobcats ran at the same course in the Lansing Invitational.
At the Lansing meet, however, the course was incorrectly marked so the times on Sept. 27 were faster than those at the KVL. Opinions varied among the Bobcats on whether the remarking made a difference, but it definitely showed in their times as most runners were a minute or more slower than the Lansing meet and right around where they usually are.
"I don't really think it made a difference mentally," Tanney said. "Because at the Lansing meet nobody knew it was shorter. But today I definitely felt that they had made it longer than the last time we ran it."
Kelley, however, said she didn't really notice because of the nature of the race.
"It's not really something you notice because you're just running in a big circle," Kelley said. "But I put such a mental block on everything during the race that I probably wouldn't have noticed anyway."
Brungardt said she didn't know if the remarking would have an effect, but that it was not something that was up for debate. Brungardt said the markings at the Lansing meet were an oversight and that at the KVL they had to get things right.
On the boys side of things, the Bobcats did not have a full squad to run with, but that didn't stop a solid performance. The boys had two runners place in the top 30 and Brungardt said she was also proud of the way the guys ran.
Senior Joe Yslas and junior Randy Hogue were BLHS's top two finishers at the meet. Yslas finished in 14th place with a time of 18:15 and Hogue finished 29th with a time of 21:09.
The meet closed out the season for the Bobcats, who will not have any runners compete in next weekend's regional tournament, but Brungardt said she was happy with the way her team closed things out.
"I was happy that they ran tough the whole time," she said. "Each one of our runners ran hard and pushed themselves for the entire race and that's always one of our goals, so I'd say this was a successful finish to the season."