On your marks…
Bobcats look ahead to upcoming track season
The track season has yet to begin for Basehor-Linwood, but both boys and girls have been going through the grueling workouts since the beginning of March.
Still, with all the work put in thus far, head coach Paul Brown is not sure how his teams will fare in the upcoming season, but increased numbers from last year should help the Bobcats' chances.
This year, 45 boys and girls will compete in track for the Bobcats.
They guys make up the majority of the 45 participants for Basehor-Linwood. Thirty-one boys are out for track this year.
Brown said the boys' team lost some good athletes to graduation, but a good foundation remains.
For that foundation, it is business as usual.
"My expectations are the same as always," Brown said. "We want to work with kids and get them to peak at regionals and state."
Brown said he saw potential for several athletes, but he did not know at this time what the team would excel in because of its youth.
Despite what the team does, an individual record at Basehor-Linwood could be in jeopardy this year, Brown said. Senior Brian Fish should challenge the Bobcat pole vault record.
Basehor-Linwood's pole vault record is 13 feet. Last year, Fish cleared 12 feet, and Brown expects Fish to improve.
The Bobcats will have two more competing in the pole vault with junior Joey Brown and sophomore Joe Finch.
Brown is not sure how he will fill up all the jumping events but sophomore Peter Brown has worked at high jump while Joey Brown and senior John Clouse have worked at long jump.
The sprinters return consistent medallists from last year as well as newcomers that could find some success, Brown said.
Senior Travis Miles placed at several meets in the 100-meter dash and will run the 4x100.
Clouse joins him on the 4x100. Clouse will also run the longer sprints like the 200- and 400-meter dash. Brown said Clouse also took home some medals last year.
A third component of the 4x100 will be senior Jake Brown. Brown will likely do all the sprints at some point during the season.
Junior Joey Brown has shown some ability in the spring and will be a jumper. Junior Ryan Robinson is a hurdler who Brown could throw into the relay mix.
Brown said he was looking at several other runners including junior Brett Dowdall, sophomore Peter Brown and freshman Dustin Weimer. Weimer, the only freshman Brown mentioned, could compete in the 400- and 800-meter runs.
The team does not have as many distance runners, those running the 800-meter run and longer.
Senior Randy Hogue is a runner who has been on the track team for four years. Brown said he was looking for a breakthrough year for the distance runner.
The Bobcats also have junior Jeppe Degnbol and sophomores Richard Brock and Shane Pearson.
Brown will be looking at other, younger runners to fill up the distance races.
The throwers have even less experience than other aspects of the team as the Bobcats have no senior in throw events. Nevertheless, Brown said he was looking for good things from his underclassmen.
Junior Cory Jones will compete in the shot put. Junior Chris Johnson has worked on all three throws, shot put, discus and javelin. Junior Ryan Heffley will do the shot put and discus.
Robinson, who is also a hurdler, will throw the discus.
In the sophomore class, Mike Hancock will throw the shot, discus and javelin. Tim Brownley will throw the shot while Peter Brown will throw the javelin.
The girls' track team will not be able to compete for team titles because it lacks sufficient numbers. With only 13 participants, the focus will strictly be on individual improvement.
"The problem is numbers," Brown said. "With the size of school that we are and the number of sports we have available, we're just not a whole team."
One side effect of having small numbers is some will compete in a wide variety of events.
Junior Katie Dukes leads the Bobcats as a two-time state qualifier in the shot put. She is the only Bobcat who competes in the shot put at the moment, but Brown said she has a chance to do some good things.
In the discus and javelin, the Bobcats have sophomore Amy Chrisman and junior Tiana Breittenbach.
Senior Kindle Rose is a four-year competitor in the sprints. She will run the 100-meter dash and the 4x100 relay. Brown said she might run the 200-meter dash as well.
Other Bobcats joining Rose in the sprints are Jackie White, Lindsay Parsons, Hannah Ross and Rachel Miller.
Junior Alex Jeannin will be missing from the lineup, at least for the beginning of the season. She had knee surgery, which will sideline her for most of the season. When she returns, she will run hurdles.
Sophomore Morgan Kenney will run a variety of races. She is looking at running hurdles, the 4x400 relay and the 800-meter run.
Senior Megan Tamey and sophomore Mandy Dale will run the distance races.
In the remaining field events, all the competitors do other events as well. White is a long and high jumper. Ross is a long jumper, and Parsons is a pole-vaulter.