Rim Rock tests BLHS runners
The Basehor-Linwood girls cross country team placed 11th out of 30 teams at the Rim Rock Classic last week.
While he was pleased with how the girls performed in the race, coach Jeff Venema said he was disappointed that Tonganoxie defeated Basehor-Linwood.
“We were nipped for 10th place by Tonganoxie,” he said. “Their top five girls beat us by a total of five seconds. We had hoped to beat them, and to get edged out is tough for us. It was close and could have gone either way.”
Tonganoxie is one of Basehor’s Kaw Valley League rivals.
For BLHS, Brooke Redmond finished in 51st place with a time of 18:34.85. Hannah Tush finished in 55th place with a time of 18:40.16. Kayla Peterson finished in 70th place with a time of 18:58.12. Megan Rehm was 82nd with a time of 19:18.14. Shelby Miles was 87th with a time of 19:34. Casey Mahoney finished in 130th place with a time of 20:38.27. Ashtynne Farris rounded out the Bobcats’ lineup in 154th place with a time of 23:09.17
While they didn’t beat Tonganoxie, the Basehor-Linwood girls are receiving accolades for their performances this season. Currently the team is ranked 11th in the Kansas Coaches Association poll.
In boys action, Venema is seeking improvement from his team.
Basehor-Linwood boys cross country runners should have their feet under them by now. They should no longer being in awe of what a varsity race is about, or simply happy to have a uniform, Venema said.
That part of the season should be in the past, Venema said. Now, his young runners need to focus on results.
“I think we need to quit talking about having sophomores and freshmen out there and start talking about performance,” he said. “I want to see these runners respond to the opportunities they are getting, and until they do that I am going to be disappointed. We have got to find a way to make marked improvement at Lansing.”
Basehor-Linwood competes in the Lansing Invitational at 4 p.m. Thursday on the campus of the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth.
The Basehor-Linwood boys finished the Rim Rock Classic in 20th place. The team’s average time was 22:06.11.
Brady Blackwood finished in 122nd place with a time of 21:29.72. Bryce Garver finished in 125th place with a time of 21:36.71. Micheal Torrez finished in 126th place with a time of 21:41.72. Wyatt Kelly placed 140th with a time of 22:39.42.
Venema said he wanted his team to compete better against other schools.
He isn’t necessarily questioning the team’s effort. He knows the runners are trying hard, but he said some of the team’s meet preparation needs to improve with runners properly preparing for the races.
“You can’t just show up,” he said. “You have to be ready to take teams on.”