Disappointed Bobcats send just 1 to Wichita
Scott Ogilvie is going to state. Unfortunately, he will be making the trip alone.
The Basehor-Linwood track team barely missed sending more athletes in a frustrating Friday at regional competition at Royal Valley.
"We were not surprised, but just disappointed that our times and distances were not any farther than last week at the league meet," BLHS coach Steve Hopkins said. "And tonight that was not enough to advance (to state)."
Ogilvie placed third in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 15.85. "Scott was frustrated earlier this season because his form was not working in the hurdles and he wanted to focus on his triple jumping," Hopkins said. "And then about three weeks ago, something seemed to click and he had a pair of good races and made finals."The last two weeks he worked his technique on the hurdles and became much more rhythmic. His hurdle form is based on strength as much or more than on his pure form.e still has to improve on his technique since he is a first-year hurdler."
To advance to state, athletes must place in the top-four at their event in regional competition. Athletes come in seeded based on previous performance. Ogilvie was able to out-perform his listed seed of seventh.
"Basically, if Scott gets a good start and clears the first hurdle in rhythm, he has a strong last three-fourths of the race due to his strength," Hopkins said.In the league and the prelims and finals on Friday, he improved his form over the first hurdle each race and has dramatically dropped his times."
Hopkins believed Ogilvie's work outside of the confines of track made him a qualifier within it.
"Scott works as hard or harder than anyone in the weight room," Hopkins said. "We were able to taper his workouts through Coach Schwisow's program, and he saw great gains in strength and speed which paid off this last two weeks."
Hopkins quickly turned the focus to the next week of preparation when speaking to Ogilvie after his race.
"Besides congratulating him, I wanted him to begin analyzing his race so he would know what to focus on each day this week," Hopkins said.We will have a specific goal each day to improve his form while continuing to work on his speed development."
The Bobcats did have several athletes that placed but did not qualify. Shanna Couch placed fifth in the 1,600, missing out on fourth by about eight yards.Emily Lackner placed sixth in the 800, losing out on state by a couple of steps, according to Hopkins.
The 4x800-meter girls relay team came within 2.1 seconds of breaking the school record they set last week. The team consisting of Ashley Jeannin, Amanda Vitt, Shanna Couch and Kayla Peterson ran a 10:34.55 to break the record at the Kaw Valley League meet on May 9.
This week's effort netted them fifth place.
Kayla Peterson, a freshman, set a new school record in the 3,200 with a time of 12:52. She finished eighth place. Was Hopkins disappointed that so many athletes missed out on state by the narrowest of margins?
"Kayla Peterson's school record was a highlight and the other place winners have nothing to be ashamed of," Hopkins said.
The boys ended up scoring 18 points as a team and placed 12th out of 16 teams. The girls scored 11 and placed 13th out of 16 teams.
The Bobcats embarked on a busy closing week. he track banquet was Monday night and Ogilvie will compete at 2:30 p.m. on Friday in the state preliminaries.
What's next for the BLHS track team?
"We will work hard to replace our six seniors and we wish them well," Hopkins said. "We must improve our overall skills for the whole team and in all events to
compete with the 16 schools at a regional.e made strides this season, but we are not yet where we need to be.e will use this disappointment to motivate us to work harder the next 12 months."