Bobcat Relays postponed, but not before a few victories
Basehor-Linwood runners battled rain and lightning during the Bobcat Relays on Thursday, April 9.
They ran, threw and jumped as rain fell before lightning ultimately led to the postponement of the meet until April 28. The meet will resume with the running of the 400-meter dash.
“Our kids were doing really, really well,” coach Jared Fuhrman said. “Our times were not too bad considering the conditions.”
Fuhrman is pleased with the progress his athletes are making on the track. Even during rainy conditions, athletes were sprinting hard down the stretch in relays and cheering each other on.
“Kids having fun translates into practice where they have a lot of fun. The kids are working their tails off,” Fuhrman said. “Our coaches are doing a great job of working with these kids. They did a great job of putting on the meet today.”
Before the rain stopped, the Basehor-Linwood girls team was in the middle of the pack with 56 points.
Melissa Seaman won high jump competition, clearing 5 feet in her first meet of the season.
The girls won the sprint medley relay with a time of 2 minutes, 6 seconds.
Taylor Johnson, Baily Kraus, Dakkota Edmonds and Shelby Equels each ran legs in the race. Equels sprinted down the backstretch of the 400, passing a runner from Bonner Springs to win the race.
The girls 400-meter relay team also placed first in the meet with a time of 56.1.
Edmonds placed second in the 100 with a time of 13.2. She didn’t get a chance to compete in the 200 finals because of inclement weather.
Edmonds is developing as a strong runner this season, and Fuhrman is challenging her to continue taking the next steps as a runner.
“She is starting to see how much she has to improve when she goes against this type of competition,” he said. “Meets that have stiff competition are good for her. There are a lot of things we can work on with not just her, but a lot of kids. There are technique things that our kids need to work on.”
As runners improve their form and starts, times will come down, he said. Middle school runners typically do not work on getting good starts out of the blocks. As his freshmen and sprinters begin to get better jumps out of the blocks, times will come down.
“That is something we preach to our kids,” Fuhrman said. “A lot of races are won out of the blocks.”
The Basehor-Linwood’s girls 3,200-meter relay team placed third with a time of 12:20. Marissa Dove, Kayla Peterson, Shelby Miles and Sarah Hopkins ran legs in the race.
The Basehor-Linwood boys placed second in the sprint medley relay with a time of 1:47. Chandler King, Bryce Jackson, Daniel Prioleau and Miles Brown ran legs in the race. The race featured two runners sprinting 100 yards and one runner running a 200 and 400, respectively.
Prioleau placed sixth in the 100 run with a time of 12.1.
Bobby Courtney won high jump with a clearance of 6-2. He failed on two attempts at 6-5, which would have set a school record.
Jay Kramer placed third in the javelin.
“He is really improving,” Furhman said of Kramer. “I look for him to do better at the end of the year.”
The team’s 3,200-meter relay team ran a time of 9:40 and placed fifth in the meet. Bryce Garver, Wyatt Kelly, Doug Demorro and Brady Blackwood ran legs in the race.
Jesse Hiss tossed 42-7 in the shot put, which was a nice throw for a freshman.
“As a freshman, if you are over 40 feet in the shot put, that is impressive,” Fuhrman said.
Basehor-Linwood competed in a meet at Perry-Lecompton on Tuesday. Results of the meet were unavailable at press time.