Archive for Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Bobcat Relays try again

April 11, 2007

The Bobcats Relays will take place this Friday after last week's cancellation. The rescheduling has done nothing to damper the enthusiasm of those involved.

"We are extremely excited to host this year's Bobcat Relays," BLHS Athletic Director Joe Keeler said.

Basehor-Linwood track coach Steve Hopkins is looking forward to seeing new competition.

"It is always great to host such an event, since we bring in schools not in our league and get to watch different athletes compete," Hopkins said.Secondly, our kids feel we have an advantage on our own track -- especially in the field events like the jumps and throws."

Ten teams are now committed to attending the event after last Thursday's cancellation, including Bishop Ward, Eudora, Lansing, Perry-Lecompton and Tonganoxie.

Track coach Steve Hopkins says fans can expect to see elite competitors from around the area.

"Ali Pistora from Tonganoxie is a nationally ranked javelin thrower and has the chance to be an All-American," Hopkins said.She also set their school record last week in the high jump going 5-4, which is state-finals quality.he other throwers for Tonganoxie are also excellent in the shot and discus.In the jumps there are several young people with jumps over 20 feet for the long jump, and may be a meet record if conditions are right."

Hopkins said the track times may be lower than usual because of the cold weather.

The meet will be Basehor's only home event of the season. They are looking forward to competing in front of their own fans. Hopkins expects this to improve performance.

"We usually do better in field events due to familiarity with the runways, rings, etc.," Hopkins said.Not getting on a bus and riding is always an advantage also."

Hopkins said there will be many different events that spectators should focus on.

"The field events begin first, and I encourage fans to spread out and watch them," Hopkins said. "Often, we have record setting throws in the shot or discus, which are behind the home bleachers, and too often, people don't realize these events are going on.than Douglas should place in the discus.he Javelin is behind the west stands and can be seen from the top of the bleachers, and Swede Johnson and Megan Tush both have an excellent chance to place highly."Secondly, the jumpers will have some truly outstanding performances. We expect Brooke Sanders to have a shot at the triple jump school record.

"Finally, once the races on the track begin around 6:30, there will be key athletes to watch in all events. Stephen Dyer in the 300 hurdles has our best chance for a gold event is maybe the most grueling as he must sprint 300 meters while trying to maintain hurdle form. If anyone has ever sprinted that far, you know how taxing that is, let alone with hurdles every 17 steps."

The Bobcat Relays have been running for eight years.

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