Bobcat runners making strides
The Basehor-Linwood girls cross country team won the Nemaha Valley Invitational on Tuesday.
A trio of runners led the team as Hannah Tush finished in third place, Kayla Peterson was fourth and Brooke Redmond finished fifth. Shelby Miles finished in 10th place.
"I think this was a strong performance for us; we were dominating," coach Jeff Venema said. "We did what we set out to do."
With the girls running so well early in the season, Venema said he is excited about the future.
"I think they are coming together nicely as a team, they are working with each other, helping out in practice," Venema said. "This is exciting, we have some young, smart students who are the kind of kids we will be able to enjoy watching over the next several years. We should return everyone next year."
Individual times and actual scores were unavailable at press time.
In the boys varsity race, BLHS finished in third place behind Hiawatha and Horton.
Micheal Torrez and Brady Blackwood led the Bobcats in the race, earning medals.
The team also is very young this season with five sophomores and a freshman on varsity.
"They should be getting stronger and faster as they get older," Venema said.
In junior varsity action, Dakkota Edmonds won the girls race. Tyler Henley placed second in the boys varsity race.
Bonner Springs Invite.
Basehor-Linwood raced in the Bonner Springs Invitational on Saturday, which featured 19 teams and a competitive field of runners, Venema said.
"There were some of the state's most talented runners in that meet," Venema said. "It is nice for us to run with these teams and it is a chance for us to see where we want to be."
The BLHS girls team placed eighth with 185 points. De Soto won the team title with 56.
Tush placed 21st with a time of 17:27. Brooke Redmond placed 25th with a time of 17:49. Kayla Peterson placed 33rd with a time of 18:12. Shelby Miles placed 51st with a time of 19:04. Megan Rehm placed 61st with a time of 19:38. Jane Heinen placed 70th with a time of 20:05.
The BLHS boys team placed 11th with 247 points. De Soto won the team title with 71.
Torrez placed 32nd with a time of 19:15. Doug Demoro placed 44th with a time of 19:36. Brady Blackwood placed 54th with a time of 19:59. Bryce Garver placed 59th with a time of 20:14. Kelly Wyatt finished in 64th place with a time of 20:25. Dakkota Hesse placed 70th with a time of 20:47. Rob Peterson placed 71st with a time of 20:51.
The team's times should improve as they become more familiar with area courses. Currently, the Bobcats are finding their way on cross country paths and figuring out how to run courses.
"We are pleased because we see great potential, but we realize that we have a ways to go to get where we want to be," Venema said. "A lot of time these athletes are running these courses for the first time, and as they compete on these courses in the future it will get easier."
Basehor-Linwood's varsity runners will tackle one of the area's toughest courses on Saturday in the Rim Rock Classic in Lawrence, which will feature teams from across the Midwest.