BLHS 5th, 8th at Bobcat Relays
Last Thursday's Bobcat Relays were a success for most of the track and field teams that attended. A number of personal bests were achieved and nine event records were set.
"We had good weather, and it was the second or third meet of the year for most schools," Basehor-Linwood high school track and field coach Leroy Scharnhorst said. "This is when kids really start to show their stuff."
When all was said and done Eudora had shown the most, winning both the boys and the girls competitions. The Eudora girls team beat its closest competitor, Tonganoxie, by 50 points, while the Eudora boys team squeaked out a one-point victory over second-place Sumner Academy.
Basehor-Linwood made a strong showing on the boys side, taking fifth in the 10-team field, while the girls finished eighth, ahead of Bonner Springs and Christ Preparatory Academy.
The BLHS boys scored 57 points and the girls scored 25.
Alex Jeannin and Dustin Weimer both set personal bests for the Bobcats. Jeannin took fourth place in the girls 400-meter dash with a time of 1:07.00. Weimer took fourth in the boys 800-meter run with a time of 2:07.40.
Basehor dominated the boys pole vault, placing three athletes in the top six. Joe Finch and Ethan Everley tied for fifth with a vault of 8 feet-6 inches. Joey Brown took second with a vault of 11 feet. Brown also took third in the triple jump and long jump. Brown was the six-highest scorer among boys at the meet, with 20 points.
Ryan Robinson made a strong showing in both hurdle events.He finished fourth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 44.50 seconds.
Robinson took second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.60 seconds. He lost to Tonganoxie's Shane Howard by .2 seconds. Robinson ran the 110-meter hurdles in 16.4 seconds the week before at the Lansing Invitational, but finished second to Howard in that meet also.
Several Bobcats also finished in the top four in other events.
Ryan Heffley finished fourth in the discus with a throw of 124 feet-10.5 inches. Corey Jones finished second in the shot put with a throw of 46 feet- 6.5 inches. Basehor's boys 4x800 relay team of Johnson, Brandon Magaha, Will Peterson and Sobanek took fourth with a time of 9:32.80.
Rachel Miller took second in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet-6.75 inches. Katie Dukes, in her first meet back from injury, took second in the shot put with a toss of 35 feet-4 inches. Dukes, who went to state in the shot put last year, lost to Carrie Lister of Eudora by seven inches. Jackie White took fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 29 feet-11 inches.
Scharnhorst said he was pleased with both teams.
"I told them to just go have fun and see what happens, and we did a great job," he said.
The Bobcats had more successes in Tuesday's meet at Perry-Lecompton. The boys team took third place out of nine teams, while the girls finished sixth. Miller took first in the long jump for the girls. Brown and Everly finished first and second respectively in the boys' pole vault, and Robinson took first in the 110-meter hurdles.
The Bobcats' next meet is the Bonner Springs Invitational at 3:30 p.m. April 22.