Lady Bobcats come up just short in quest for state
With three of the state's top 6 teams in their regional, the Basehor-Linwood High School girls cross country runners knew they had a tough road to state.
That road turned out to be a little too tough, as the Lady Bobcats finished fourth at Saturday's regional race in Garnett.
Baldwin (ranked first), De Soto (second) and Eudora (sixth), finished first, second and third at the regional, as the Kansas Coaches Poll predicted, though De Soto nudged out top-ranked Baldwin for first. Those three punched their tickets to state, while the Lady Bobcats were left as the odd ones out.
In any other region things would have been different.
Saturday was even tougher on the Lady 'Cats because of how close they came. De Soto and Baldwin finished way ahead of the pack with 36 and 43 points, respectively, but the race for the last spot at state was nearly a photo finish between Eudora and BLHS.
The Lady Cardinals finished with 112 and BLHS with 125. Iola was a distant fifth with 175.
"We're extremely disappointed that we are not advancing," BLHS coach Jeff Venema said. "Eudora was the better team on this day."
None of the Lady Bobcats were able to qualify for state individually, either. Kayla Peterson and Amanda Vitt came closest, taking 19th and 20th place, but the last individual qualifier was the 16th-place finisher from Iola.
The only proper ending to the season for the Lady Bobcats, especially for seniors Megan Tush and Vitt, would have been a trip to state.
That didn't happen, but this year's team still accomplished more than any in school history.
The Lady Bobcats took first place in five of their meets this year and won the program's first Kaw Valley League Championship.
"We had an incredibly wonderful season, but right now it's kind of hard to see that," Venema said. "Our season ended one meet too soon."
The BLHS boys took 11th place out of 13 teams in Garnett.
It was the last meet for BLHS senior Stephen Dyer.