Records fall at Bobcat Relays
In a competition that saw 10 of its old records broken by other schools, the very young BLHS track team continued to improve and broke records of its own at the Bobcat Relays last Friday.
The boys finished in eighth place with 16 points and the girls in fourth with 71. The girls continue to impress begging the questions, what flavor of Gatorade are the girls drinking and why aren't the boys drinking it as well?
It's their secret for now, but whatever it is, it seems to be working.
Sophomore Tiffany Waxmonski was sweating pastels, on her way to a ninth-place finish in the girls top athletes division. In a tight competition Waxmonski, with a score of 19.5, was only three points behind the leader for best girls athlete.
Waxmonski won the 200-meter dash with the time of 26.37seconds and took second in the 100-meter dash at 12.52. She combined with the super powers of Shae Sawalich, Brook Sanders and Jackie White to take third in the 4x100 relay at 53.78 seconds.
The relays would continue to be the Bobcats' strong point. Caren Chellgren, Amanda Stroud, Megan Tush and Ashley Jeannin bested the school's 4x800-meter relay record for the second straight meet with a time of 10:57.51, knocking off eight seconds from the record they set a week ago.
It would be the rest of the competition that would set the meet records though. For the boys Bonner Springs' Emmanuel McComb set the discus record with a distance of 148 feet, 10 inches and Chris Durkin of Eudora with the javelin throw, launching it 174 feet, 4 inches.
A number of girls records were broken including the 100-meter dash set by Bonner Springs' Ashley Venerable at 12.26 seconds, only three-tenths of a second faster than Waxmonski's time.
Sumner's Brittany Thomas stole the show at 15.50 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles.
The rest of the records belonged to the Tonganoxie and Sumner ladies. Sumner took the 4x400 relay at 4:20.73 and the 4x800 at 10:24.45.
Tonganoxie's Christy Weller took the 800-meter run at 2:29.13 and Jennifer Wagner set the record for the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 49.67. The Chieftains' Sarah Hartshorn also took the discuss record 119 feet, 9 inches, and Ali Pistora won the high jump at 5 feet, 4 inches.
Although none of the Bobcats set meet records, a number of them one-upped their own personal bests.
Jeannin and Stroud took second and fourth in the 800 with times of 2:32.52 and 2:44.20. Stroud also took fifth in the 1,600-meter at 6:20.82, just ahead of fellow-Bobcat Tush who crossed the line six seconds behind.
Tush continued to shine in long distance runs by taking fifth in the 3,200-meter run finishing in just over 14 minutes.
Amy Chrisman took fifth place in the girls discus, tossing it 88 feet.
The BLHS ladies owned the triple jump placing three girls out of six spots. Cassie Lombardino took second at 31 feet, 4 inches, Sanders and White went fifth and sixth at 30 feet, 7 inches and 29 feet, 4 inches, respectively.
For the BLHS boys Dustin Weimer took second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:11.29 and sixth in the 1,600-meter run at 5:23.17.
Josh Ross, the lone remaining individual placer for the Bobcats, took fifth in the 110-meter hurdles at 17.66 seconds.
In the 4x400 relays Stephen Dyer, Stephen Millison, Josh Powell and Simon Riecke took sixth place finishing at just over 4 minutes.
Dyer hooked up with Weimer, Will Peterson and Michael Sobanek for the 4x800s, taking fourth place with a time of 9:16.68.
Although BLHS coach Leroy Scharnhorst would have liked his team to finish higher in some areas, he said he was pleased with the way things went.
"Our desire as a team is to reach the goal of continuous improvement in all we do," Scharnhorst said. "We did that. Last year the girls scored only 25 points and finished eighth, so we are getting better."