Lady Bobcats push past rival at Rim Rock meet
Teams show well at Bonner Invitational, too
Amidst the hundreds of schools at the Rim Rock Farm Classic in Lawrence last Saturday, the Basehor-Linwood girls' cross country team kept their eyes focused on red.
That red belonged to Tonganoxie, the team that has beaten Basehor-Linwood twice this season. But on this day, the Bobcats just barely nudged the Chieftains.
Both teams had scores of 194 points and Basehor-Linwood got the edge because its sixth place runner, Katelynn Witt, finished ahead of Tonganoxie's sixth place runner.
The Bobcats finished eighth out of 19 teams in their category, which was determined by school size.
The meet featured teams from Texas, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri and was run at KU's home course. Venema called the event a "great experience" for his team and said he was pleased with his team's performance.
"I told the girls, we were going to be half spectators and half athletes," Venema said. "We were just going to go out and enjoy the experience, but also, we always keep an eye on what red is doing.
"We definitely had an eye on them as we always do and the reason for that is because they've beaten us twice and they've been better than us. We had a great day."
Last Wednesday, both the boys and girls' teams ran at the Bonner Springs Invitational. Venema had prepared his runners for the race by practicing several times at the Bonner Springs course before last Wednesday. The preparation paid off, as the girls finished third out of 16 teams.
"It's exciting because we've been training on that facility a lot and they came out and just blew it away. I was real happy for them," Venema said.
Venema was more impressed with his runners' improvements from last year in the same race. He said, across the board, everyone improved their times.
One runner who improved her time was junior Megan Tush, who finished ninth and was the top runner for the Bobcats at Bonner for the first time all season. Tush, a junior, not only improved on her time from her sophomore year, but also ran faster than her freshman race at Bonner. Tush qualified for state her freshman season and her times were faster her first year as a Bobcat.
Tush was followed Wednesday by sophomore Caren Chellgren, who finished 14th. Joining Tush and Chellgren as medalists was junior Amanda Vitt in 16th.
The Bobcats race again today at the Tonganoxie Invitational, where the girls will try to even the score with Tonganoxie for the season.