Basehor-Linwood girls 4th, boys 6th at Shawnee Heights
After an exhausting week that featured two meets in three days, the Basehor-Linwood track team was just happy to find some time to rest.
The fresh bodies appeared to make all the difference Friday at the Shawnee Heights Invitational.
The girls finished fourth and the boys finished sixth in the 10-team competition. BLHS was the only 4A school. Everyone else competed at 5A and 6A.
"Our girls placed fourth out of 10 teams while scoring 88 points, which was excellent in a very difficult meet," coach Steve Hopkins said.
The girls were led by the 3,200 relay team, which placed second. Amanda Vitt, Emily Lackner, Kayla Peterson and Ashtynne Farris combined for the highest placing of the day for BLHS.
Ricka Stutes finished third in the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 8 inches, which tied her best of the season.
Megan Tush placed third in the javelin, missing second place by 1 inch.
Lackner finished third in the 1600 meter run, out-leaning a rival runner by .01 to secure her finish.
Brooke Sanders and Kayla Peterson took third and fourth in the 400 meters, respectively. Sanders clocked in at 65 seconds, with Peterson right behind at 67.
Rounding out the successful day were the results of the 3200. Peterson finished third with a time of 13:09, and Vitt was fourth with a time of 13:12. Both marks were season bests for the runners. Tush placed sixth despite a painful foot injury.
Hopkins noted that the girls could not have finished fourth were it not for other contributions. The coach pointed specifically to the throwers.
"Kristy Kozar placed eighth in shot put and Melanie Bergstrom placed sixth in javelin andeventh in discus, which scored valuable team points," Hopkins said. "We used a lot of points besides first through thirds and had a good meet for the ladies."
The boys had a slightly rougher go.
"The men's side was extremely difficult as we scored only 36 points," Hopkins said.
The 3,200 relay team was the Bobcats only medalist. They finished third despite clocking their best time of the year, 9:23. The team is made up of Kyle Slater, Stephen Dyer, Stephen Millison and Alex Ziegler.
Dyer placed fourth in the 300 hurdles against what Hopkins deemed "an extremely fast field."
Scott Ogilvie had his best time of the year in the 110 hurdles. He placed sixth with a time of 17.3.
The 4 X 100 relay team just missed a medal, finishing fourth by less than .3 seconds. The team consisted of Dyer, Millison, Ogilvie and Sam Seaman.
Hopkins said the male competitors faced tough conditions.
"In the discus, Ethan Douglas threw in the rain, and was unable to accomplish much; he placed eight," Hopkins said. "The rain then stopped and the other flights were able to throw on a dry ring, but that is the way it goes.Stephen Millison placed fifth in the pole vault although again he was vaulting during the rain."
The weather did improve.
"Many of our guy's field events competitors were competing in tough conditions, and then by the time the running events started, the rain stopped and the meet was a good experience," Hopkins said.
The coach is looking forward to the next week, which will feature split JV and varsity squads at Tonganoxie on Tuesday and Piper on Thursday.
"We are focusing on individual performances and not the team totals this week," Hopkins said.We will attempt to peak our weight training this week and run our best next Wednesday at the KVL meet at Santa Fe Trail. Our goal is to place in the top half of the league and then to continue to improve at regional and qualify as many as possible to the state meet."