BLHS cross country ends season
Hogue, Rose only two Bobcats to compete at Regionals
The numbers game became an even bigger problem for the Basehor-Linwood cross country team in their final action of the season.
The Bobcats, who did not have enough runners to compete in team scoring throughout the season, took a total of two runners to the Tonganoxie 4A regional meet Saturday, Oct. 26.
Coach Tim Nedeau said Katie Tallman had not recovered from an ankle injury and Samantha Moore had plans to be out of the state.
The others just decided not to run.
The two that did run were seniors Kindle Rose and Randy Hogue.
Rose finished 49th, with a time of 15:15.
Hogue placed 68th, with a time of 21:48.
Neither runner was in contention of qualifying for state, but Nedeau liked the effort he saw.
"I'm really happy with how they finished," Nedeau said. "They both passed people at the end of their races, which shows a lot about how much they've improved."
Because nobody advanced to state competition, the meet officially ended the Bobcats' season.
"I liked the season," Rose said. "Mr. Nedeau was good as a coach. For the most part, we acted as a team.
"I learned a lot about cross country this year," she added.
Now that the season is over, Nedeau is considering how he can make the team better in the future.
"(This season) was fine," Nedeau said. "There were things that I wish could have happened differently, but it was a positive. We had a lot of new kids, and every girl came away with a medal, so there was some success on this team.
"It's something to build on and that was our goal," he said. "It takes time to build a successful program. We really need to recruit the younger people starting in junior high."