Home teams impressive at Bobcat Relays
It was scheduled, rescheduled, scheduled and rescheduled again.
On Tuesday afternoon at Basehor-Linwood High School, the Bobcat Relays finally took place.
"It went great," Basehor-Linwood Athletic Director Joe Keeler said of the event.
He noted that three teams had to pull out due to being double booked. Eight teams were able to participate.
"There were still plenty of teams here to have a quality event." Keeler said.
The Bobcats returned from the delays in fine fashion.
"Our girls placed third, which was a tremendous improvement over last year (after having placed ninth out of 10 teams last year)," coach Steve Hopkins said.We had several personal records for the boys and finished fifth."
Ethan Douglas had one such personal record. His final discuss throw of 136 feet was 20 feet longer than his previous high.
"He had never thrown before last year. He is just learning," Hopkins said. "He is improving everyday."
Despite the personal record, Douglas lost the competition by 11 inches.
"It is disappointing," Douglas said. "But it is the best I have ever thrown, so I can't complain."
Along with the second place finish in the discus, Douglas finished third in the shot put with a throw of 41-7.
Hopkins believed the familiar surroundings aided the team.
"In the field events specifically it was a tremendous help," Hopkins said.Stephen Millison in the pole vault, Ricka Stutes in the high jump and Ethan Douglas in the discus all vastly improved their best performances primarily due to the confidence and practice time on our own runways, rings, etc.he track athletes are going to do better without having to ride a bus to the meet."
Stutes finished second in her event with a jump of 15 feet, 6 inches. Millison also finished fourth, clearing 9 feet.
"That is exciting for me," Hopkins said of Millison. "He has never cleared 8-6. That's about being at the same place where he practices everyday. His best finish in a meet was 8 feet."
Brooke Sanders finished first in the 400 meters. She also finished second in the triple jump with a mark of 31 feet, 8 inches for a new personal record.
Kayla Peterson, Amanda Vitt and Megan Tush finished second, third and fourth, respectively, in the 3,200-meter run.
Stephen Dyer also had a good day. He finished sixth in the 110-meter hurdles, second in the 300 hurdles and second in the 4x400 relay (where he was joined by Millison, Adam Palfreyman and Sam Seaman).
Dyer said fatigue prevented the relay team for placing first.
"We just slowed a little," Dyer said. "As we came up the last 100 meters, we got tired."