Cross country team continues breakout year
Basehor-Linwood girls win last regular season meet
The Basehor-Linwood High School cross country team has made a habit of award-winning finishes this year, a trend that continued Thursday. The BLHS varsity girls took first place at the Pleasant Ridge Invitational, the fourth time they have won a meet as a team this year, in seven tries. The varsity squad again had seven medalists, led by Amanda Vitt (3rd place), who was followed by Kayla Peterson (4th), Megan Tush (5th), Caren Chellgren (8th), Emily Lackner (11th), Ashtynne Farris (13th) and Katelynn Witt (14th).
The Lady Bobcats also showed off their depth beyond their top seven runners, winning the junior varsity race as well. Megan Rehm, Hanna Bates, Jordanne Leiker, Maggie Schroeder, Sydney Stallbaumer and Hannah Aumen all finished in the top 10 and earned medals. BLHS coach Jeff Venema said he was pleased that his girls did so well in a meet where he knew going in he would probably have the best team. It was the second time in two weeks that the BLHS girls have swept varsity and j.v. races, also winning both at the Lansing Invitational.
The BLHS boys had two individuals medal Thursday, with Alex Vitt (10th place) and Tyler Henley (11th) taking home hardware from the varsity race. It was the first time the BLHS boys had ever earned a medal at the Pleasant Ridge meet.
Thursday's meet was the last one before the post season starts next week. The Kaw Valley League meet is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 at Wyandotte County Park. Mill Valley won the girls race last year and will likely be the favorite again this season. The Lady Bobcats finished behind the Lady Jaguars and Tonganoxie at league last year, but beat out the Lady Chieftains in the last meet both teams attended this season and should be a strong challenger for Mill Valley.
After the league meet BLHS will head to regionals, scheduled for 11 a.m. Oct. 21 in Garnett, and hosted by Anderson County High School. The top three teams at regionals will advance to state.
Venema said that, although the season woud ultimately be defined by what happened at league and regionals, the team's historic accomplishments in the regular season shouldn't be overlooked.