Archive for Tuesday, November 21, 2006

BLMS runners impressive in first cross country race

November 21, 2006

When it comes to young female distance runners, the talent pool in Basehor just seems to be getting deeper.

One month after the junior varsity and varsity girls at Basehor-Linwood High School both won the Kaw Valley League, a couple of future Lady Bobcats raced to glory.

Earlier this month, at an AAU race in Garnett, Basehor-Linwood Middle School seventh-graders Hannah Tush and Brooke Redmond both turned in standout performances. Tush ran in the 11- and 12-year old division and took 15th place in a 3K race. Redmond, running in the 13- and 14-year old division, took 23rd in a 4K.

Tush and Redmond both qualified for a national meet in Orlando, Florida, on Dec. 2. Unfortunately, because the girls have to pay their own way, and because it's such short notice, Tush's mom, Angie, said they probably wouldn't go to nationals this year.

Instead of going this year, Hannah and Brooke plan to start training in earnest and plan for a run at nationals next year, when they might be even more competitive. Neither had trained much before entering the Garnett race, although Hannah said she ran nine miles on each of the two weekends leading up to it.

Hannah said her goal was to get into the top 15, but it was still quite a thrill when she found out she'd achieved it and qualified for a national race.

"I was excited and very nervous at the same time," she said.

Hannah's last name is very familiar to anyone who's followed BLHS cross country lately. Her sister, Megan Tush, was a key member of the league champion varsity team and is also a track standout. Megan is a senior this year, and the cross country program will miss her. But it appears that coach Jeff Venema won't have to wait long to get another Tush to help him win trophies.

"She has plans to outdo her sister," Angie Tush said of Hannah. "She thinks."

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