Question answered: Peterson outpaces field for first-place finish at Pleasant Ridge
Trevor McBride asked his father — Basehor-Linwood assistant cross country coach Mike McBride — a simple question earlier this season.
“Why is there not anyone from Basehor ever winning these things?” he said.
Neither McBride or coach Jeff Venema had a good answer to the question.
A week or so later, Kayla Peterson made it so nobody had to answer such questions by winning the Pleasant Ridge Invitational
“It was really exciting; the most exciting thing was, none of us can remember a Basehor-Linwood kid winning a varsity race,” Venema said. “We have done well as a team, but it was neat to see someone wearing green and gold out in front. That was nice. She won the race in dominating fashion. There was no one pushing her at the end.”
Peterson’s dedication has paid off for her. She is a tireless worker whose conditioning and muscle building has paid off.
“Her secret is, she does the workout that everyone else does,” Venema said. “Then a lot of nights she goes home, hops on (her) bike and rides around until dark. She is a very strong girl. She spends a lot of time in the weight room.”
Kayla Peterson led Basehor-Linwood to a first-place finish at Pleasant Ridge with a team low 21 points. Brooke Redmond finished fourth in the race and Shelby Miles finished in fifth place. Megan Rehm finished in ninth place and Dakota Edmonds finished in 10th place.
In boys competition, Brady Blackwood finished 18th and led the Bobcats to a fourth-place finish in the meet. Rob Peterson finished 20th, Wyatt Keny was 23rd and Bryce Garver was 26th.
The Bobcats will compete in the Kaw Valley League championships at 4 p.m. today at Tonganoxie. The varsity girls’ race is a 5 p.m. and the varsity boys’ race is at 5:30 p.m.