Ogilvie state-bound in two hurdle races
For the second consecutive year Scott Ogilvie is Basehor-Linwood's only qualifier for the Class 4A state track meet, but BLHS coach Steve Hopkins said Ogilvie has an opportunity to make a lot of noise on Friday and Saturday at Wichita State University's Cessna Stadium.
Ogilvie, a senior, was the regional champion in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.67 seconds and placed third in the 300 hurdles in 42.81.
Ogilvie dominated the field in the 110s, beating runner-up Austin Coverdale of Holton by nearly seven-tenths of a second.
"There was one kid that was over the last hurdle, and the rest of them weren't over the last hurdle when he crossed the finish line," Hopkins said of Ogilvie's race.
His time was the ninth-fastest qualifying time.
It puts Ogilvie in a somewhat familiar position. A year ago, he finished ninth in the 110s, missing out on a berth in the finals by .02. Of course, he had one of the slowest qualifying times last year and had to compete in the outside lane.
This year Ogilvie should have one of the inside lanes for his preliminary race. Hopkins said that should make a big difference.
"This year, at the worst he'll be in lane six or lane two," Hopkins said. "But he's much more confident in his hurdling ability this year. He's got a lot of confidence and he's worked extremely hard in the weight room, so it's time for him to run fast."
Hopkins said Ogilvie would benefit from having raced at state last year because he will know what to expect. Specifically, Hopkins was referring to the atmosphere. Kansas has the largest state track meet in the United States because it runs all six classes at the same venue. Because of that, the stands routinely are packed with thousands of spectators.
"That's really intimidating for a kid who hasn't seen that kind of environment before," Hopkins said. "There's not a track meet where there's a couple thousand people or 600 athletes, and that's the way it's going to be. Having had the experience last year will help a lot."
The preliminary race for the 110 hurdles is set for 9:20 a.m. Friday. The 300 preliminaries begin at 11:35 a.m. The 110 finals are at 10 a.m. Saturday, and the 300 finals are at 4:45 p.m. Saturday.
Hopkins was hoping to take a few more athletes to state this year. A few Bobcats came close but didn't quite make it. Senior Bruce Tyner was sixth in the 200 in 24.13, sophomore Bobby Courtney was seventh in the high jump with a clearance of 5 feet, 10 inches, and senior Ethan Douglas was seventh in the discus with a toss of 127-9 1/2.