Courtney, Ogilvie lead BLHS at KVL track meet
The Basehor-Linwood track team came into the Kaw Valley League championships on May 7 hoping to have peaked at the right time.
Unfortunately, it wasn't to be. The boys team finished eighth and the girls team took ninth.
Bobby Courtney was the Bobcats' leading scorer, placing second in the high jump, fifth in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump.
"Our girls really struggled and we had several gone due to soccer, and another couple of issues kept some others home," coach Steve Hopkins said. "Our boys did about what their seeding dictated. Unfortunately we had too many seeded eight and that's where they placed."
Scott Ogilvie also had a good day, taking third in the 300-meter hurdles and fourth in the 110 hurdles.
But, as a team, the Bobcats didn't perform as they had expected.
"We did not peak as we had hoped," Hopkins said.
Friday's Class 4A regional competition shouldn't be as tough as the league meet.
"We will not face the 5A schools like we did in our league meet and that will help a lot in some events, such as the sprints, jumps and hurdles, but the distance and throws will be extremely tough as always," Hopkins said. "There will be 16 schools there, so we hope to compete well, and above all we hope to get as many through to the state meet as possible. Each of the last two years we have only qualified one, so it is always tough to be top-four which determines who goes to state."
Last year Ogilvie was Basehor's lone state participant, but Hopkins said he hopes to take a larger squad this time.
"We are optimistic we can get Scott through again, and with his experience from last year that will help," Hopkins said. "Bobby is trying to practice around his golf competition and his regional is this week also in golf, so it may be tough to get him ready, but hopefully he can do it. There are others who are close to the top four in seeding, but we will have to perform well."
Basehor will compete at regionals at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Wamego.