Exhausted Bobcats remain competitive
It was an exhausting week for the Basehor-Linwood track team.
After cancellations moved the Bobcat Relays to Tuesday, the team turned around and traveled to Bonner Springs on Thursday.
"Bonner was a very difficult meet just two days after our home meet and several athletes were unable to compete in as many events due to the demands of back-to-back meets," coach Steve Hopkins said.We still competed well and hope to have everyone healthy for this Friday at Shawnee Heights, where we face mostly 5A and 6A schools."
Hopkins said the short rest was tough on the runners and especially daunting for participants of the 400. Generally, the team takes two days of rest after each meet.
The girls finished in fifth place with 41 points. The boys finished sixth with 36 points.
The girls were able to finish two points ahead of host Bonner Springs after a fifth-place showing in the 4x400 relay. The team consisted of Taylor Johnson, Emily Lackner, Cassie Lombardino and Ashley Jeannin. Jeannin had rushed over to compete after the completion of a soccer game.
"Cassie Lombardino and Taylor Johnson both ran for other athletes who were too worn out, and we were able to place fifth in a 12-team meet and those two points allowed our team to finish ahead of Bonner," Hopkins said. "Right now those small victories are what we are looking for each week."
In other results, Amanda Vitt and Kayla Peterson placed second and third in the 3,200, respectively. Megan Tush, Lackner, Peterson and Amanda Vitt combined to take third in the 4x800.
Tush finished second in the javelin with her best throw of the year. She nearly broke her own school record. Melanie Bergstrom and Vanessa Malinowski finished fourth and sixth in discuss.
The boys were paced by Ethan Douglas, who finished first in discuss and fourth in the shot put.
All throwers had to contend with windy conditions. Hopkins believes they still haven't reached their potential, despite a strong Thursday showing.
"Our throwers are behind where they would like to be, but obviously so were
the other team's throwers also," Hopkins said.(Tush and Douglas) will need to improve to place highly at the league meet."
Stephen Millison battled illness but had a strong day. He finished fourth in the pole vault and was part of a fifth place 4x800 team (along with Alex Ziegler, Kyle Allen and Kyle Slater) and a sixth place 4x100 team (along with Adam Palfreyman, Sam Seaman, and Scott Ogilvie).
Stephen Dyer placed second in the 300 hurdles. He was also apart of a fourth place finisher in the 4x400 relay along with Allen, Palfreyman and Seaman. Allen replaced the regular Millison in the event.
Hopkins likes the strides the team is making.
"The league meet is getting closer and we are still involved in heavy conditioning and weight training for two more weeks," Hopkins said. "We will then peak our athletes for the league and regional meets."