Lady ‘Cats soar to 2nd, shorthanded BLHS boys snag 6th
For a meet that was used primarily to prepare his team for the postseason, Basehor-Linwood track coach Steve Hopkins was impressed by the squad's performance Thursday at Piper.
"We had a great meet despite periodic rain," Hopkins said.
The girls finished second and received the first team trophy in the past several years at a major meet. The Lady Bobcats scored 114 points.The boys finished sixth out of nine teams and received 46 points.
Shanna Couch won gold in the 1,600 with a time of 5:52.Brooke Sanders also
placed first in the triple jump.
"It wasn't a great distance, but under the rainy conditions 29-7 was excellent," Hopkins said of Sanders' performance.
Tiffany Waxmonski placed second in the 100. Vanessa Malinowski finished second in the discus. Malinowski broke 92 feet in the event despite very wet conditions, beating two of the three Tonganoxie girls who often sweep the event. The Tonganoxie girls went on to win the meet.
"Vanessa Malinowski breaking 90 in the discus was huge, and she can still throw farther," Hopkins said.
Kayla Peterson finished second in the 3,200, with Amanda Vitt only .001 seconds behind her for third.
Waxmonski proceeded to place third in the 200.
Ricka Stutes was third in the long jump, going more than 14 feet in the rain.Sanders placed fourth in the 400.
Taylor Johnson was fifth in the 100 hurdles.
The 4x100 team placed third. The team consisted of Johnson, Sanders, Waxmonski and Shae Sawalich.
The 4x800 team of Couch, Emily Lackner, Vitt and Peterson finished second.
The 4x400 team of Sawalich, Sanders, Couch and Peterson placed third.
"Shanna ran extremely well in the 1,600 despite training all the time for soccer," Hopkins said.Also, Ashley Jeannin was ill and unable to run, but we hope she is recovered and able to run Wednesday in the 800 and on two relays. We did not bring some of our best throwers as they threw on Tuesday at Tonganoxie, so for our girls to place second overall without two of our best throwers was outstanding."
How does Hopkins feel about the girls heading into the postseason?
"As a team, the girls have more depth and we hope to be one of the top four teams with a chance to score in every event except the ladies pole vault," Hopkins said, noting that an injury will cost the girls an entry into that event. "Shanna Couch has an excellent chance to medal as well as our distance runners of Amanda Vitt, Megan Tush and Kayla Peterson.
"Tiffany Waxmonski should be recovered from her most recent injury enough to run well in the sprints, although she is still not back to 100 percent.e also believe our girls in every relay have a chance to medal and score significant points."
Hopkins said he believed the boys team also performed well.
The 4x800 team of Alex Ziegler, Kyle Slater, Kyle Allen and Stephen Dyer placed second.
The 4x100 team finished third. The team was made up of Dyer, Scott Ogilvie, Bryce Jackson and Sam Seaman.
The 4x400 team of Dyer, Seaman, Stephen Millison and Adam Palfreyman also placed third.
Additional scoring on the boys' side was provided by Ogilvie, who finished fifth in the triple jump, Millison, who took fifth in the pole vault, Seaman, who took fourth in the discus, and Alex Vitt, who took fifth in the 3,200 and sixth in the 1,600.The boys also competed at a numerical disadvantage. Hopkins looked forward to Wednesday's KVL meet at Santa Fe Trail.
"Our boys still were shorthanded without Ethan (Douglas) there, since he also threw the shot at Tongie," Hopkins said.Piper is a good warm-up with the league meet six days later, but nothing is as tough as the league meet when you add in the Mill Valley team and Santa Fe Trail whom we don't see at any other meet."
The league meet took place Wednesday evening at SFT but results were unavailable at press time.
For a complete recap, see next week's newspaper.