Hurdler comes close, enjoys experience anyway
Bobcats junior Scott Ogilvie misses qualifying for state finals by .02 seconds
The amount of time that separates the haves and the have-nots in track is often cruel.
Such was the fate of Basehor-Linwood's Scott Ogilvie at last weekend's state meet in the 110-meter high hurdles preliminary.
Ogilvie was placed in lane eight of the second heat. This meant he had run the slowest qualifying time in his heat.
The rules: two heats, the top eight athletes move onto the state finals.
Facing formidable odds as an underdog, Ogilvie missed moving on by a blink of the eye. He finished ninth, just .02 seconds out of the eighth and final spot in the finals.
"I think I kind of hesitated a little at the starting blocks," Ogilvie said. "Earlier, when the girls raced, two girls got false started. They kick you off if you false start. I was worried about jumping it a little bit and getting disqualified. I didn't want to get disqualified.
"The second best hurdler in the state on the girl's side got a false start. She couldn't compete. It's ridiculous."
Ogilvie's coach also thought the early false-starts played a big roll.
"Everyone's times were slow in his hurdle heats due to the false starts which had occurred in the girls' races just before their heats," BLHS track coach Steve Hopkins said. "When there are false starts, every runner is hesitant to come out of the blocks, and the 4A times were exceedingly slow due to everyone being cautious coming out of their blocks.he girls race had a Lane 3 girl false start and a Lane 2 girl false start, which warned everyone to hold in their blocks; but their times suffered due to this.therwise, I thought Scott finished well, he stumbled coming out and spent the rest of the race catching up and did not quite make it."
Ogilvie said he didn't feel nerves were an issue.
"I went over the first hurdle pretty smooth," Ogilvie said. "I felt like I was going over them the smoothest that I had done so far this season. For some reason, I felt like I didn't have the speed I usually do. So I felt like I ran a smooth race, but the speed just wasn't there."
The junior athlete was the Bobcats only state qualifier this season. He wished he had some company.
"It was lonely. I felt really bad because no one else made it," Ogilvie said. "I rode down there with Coach Hopkins. I kind of wanted someone else my age there. My parents and little brother came along, too. But (state) really is a cool experience because there are so many kids. 1A through 6A all compete in the same place. Track, at least at Basehor, it's like no one cares about it. Here it was a big deal. It was cool to see track treated like that."
Big deal, indeed.
"The stands had around 25,000 in them for Friday's competition which is quite a sight for the athletes," Hopkins said.It is a bit intimidating, but now Scott will be experienced, and we hope he can come next year and perform even better."
Ogilvie said his goal next year is to finish in the top four at state in the hurdles. What has competing this year done for his motivation?
"It's basically motivated me to work harder," Ogilvie said. "I don't think anyone will work harder than Basehor over the summer. The track team itself will get a lot better this summer. We have a really good attitude and a really good weight training program that is better than our competition. We work hard in there and it is a great atmosphere. Everyone has their goals and is doing what they can to reach them."
Ogilvie also figures to factor heavily into the BLHS boys basketball team's plans next winter. His work ethic and dedication this summer should benefit him in both sports.
Meanwhile, BLHS held their year-end track banquet on Monday.
Awards were given to the team's standouts. Stephen Dyer won top male point scorer on the track and Ethan Douglas won in field events.The girls' side featured a pair of ties. Kayla Peterson, Tiffany Waxmonski and Amanda Vitt were awardedhe honor in the track events and Brooke Sanders and Megan Tush tied as the top field event scorers.
"To have so many ties is amazing," Hopkins said. "It shows the depth of our team, but losing the senior scorers like Tiffany, Megan, Amanda and Stephen will be tough to replace."