Archive for Thursday, May 18, 2006

Junior breaks school record

Basehor-Linwood’s Megan Tush tops school’s best javelin toss at Kaw Valley League meet

May 18, 2006

Rarely will a track and field athlete set a school record and finish out of the top five in the same event in a meet. Basehor-Linwood junior Megan Tush found herself in that strange position last Wednesday in the Kaw Valley League meet at Tonganoxie.

Tush threw the javelin 100 feet, 8-inches, to set a new record for girls at BLHS. Yet it was only good for sixth place in a stacked field that included Tonganoxie's Ali Pistora, who recorded the best javelin throw of any high school female in the entire nation last Wednesday. Still, Tush's record throw was pretty impressive -- especially for a beginner.

"Megan did a great job," BLHS coach Steve Hopkins said. "She had never thrown javelin until this year but she has worked very hard at it."

Tush's work ethic paid off in all four of her events last Wednesday. Besides taking sixth in the javelin, the junior placed fifth in the 3200 meters, fourth in the 1600 meters, and third in the 4X800 relay.

Tush runs the 4X800 with Amanda Vitt, Caren Chellgren and Emily Lackner, a quartet that has steadily improved it's time as the season has gone on. At Tonganoxie they finished in 10:50, their best time of the year and just four seconds off the school record.

Vitt also placed in the 800 and 3200 and Lackner added a sixth place in the 1600. Katelynn Witt, the girls' only sprinter, secured points by taking third in the 200 meters and fourth in the 100 meters. With those five leading the way, the BLHS girls finished seventh in the lead, despite entering just nine athletes.

"Our girls team has just one sprinter, the four girls on the relay and several young throwers," Hopkins said. "We're optimistic that by encouraging more athletes to come out next year we can see great gains in team rankings."

The boys entered a few more athletes in the league meet, but didn't stack up as well as the girls. They finished ninth, scoring in just three events. Dustin Weimer led the way with a second place finish in his signature event, the 800 meters. He was edged out of first by fractions of a second by one of the Bonner Springs runners.

Weimer and the rest of the Bobcats will travel back to Tonganoxie for regionals this Friday. Hopkins said that Tush wouldn't throw the javelin again because her distance was unlikely to qualify for state. Instead she will concentrate on her running events, which give her a far better shot.

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