Bobcats turn in strong performances at Tongie, Perry
Basehor-Linwood track athletes didn’t have a lot of practice time last week, competing in meets at Tonganoxie and Perry-Lecompton.
While the Bobcats didn’t have a participant at the Kansas Relays, runners gained invaluable experience and success in the meets.
The BLHS girls placed third out of seven teams at the Tonganoxie meet on Friday. The boys team placed fourth in the competition.
“We took some different kids to this meet,” coach Jared Fuhrman said. “I was extremely impressed with how they did.”
In girls competition, Taylor Johnson placed third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 52 seconds. Joining her in distance competition, Kayla Peterson placed second in the 3,200.
In field events, Baily Kraus won the pole vault. She is part of a group of pole vaulters who are consistently clearing better heights and showing improvement, Fuhrman said.
Shelby Equels won the 200.
Carrie McCarty won the 300 hurdles in just her second competition with a time of 53.3.
“I am excited because she is only going to get better,” Fuhrman said. “That is a race not a lot of kids run. It’s hard to get someone that enjoys it, because not many do. I think it is the toughest race in a track meet. Not a lot enjoy it, but she is one of them. I look for her to improve her time in the next couple weeks. If she can get that down around 50, there is another opportunity to qualify (for state). I don’t know if she can do that, but I have a feeling she can get pretty close.”
In boys competition, Daniel Prileou won the 100 with a time of 11.24. He also won the 200 with a time of 23.7 despite slipping out of the block.
“It is nice to see him slip and have to fight to win the race,” Fuhrman said. “Daniel is one of those that has started to figure out how hard he needs to work. He has progressed. I think he is starting to get some confidence.”
Sophomore Mitchell Cook placed fourth in both the 1,600 and 3,200. Cook is developing as a runner and seems to employ a simple philosophy of “just run.”
“He doesn’t seem to get tired, doesn’t seem to understand what his body is telling him,” Fuhrman said. “He just runs and has come out of nowhere this season.”
Bobby Courtney placed second in the long jump.
Jesse Hiss threw 41 feet in the shot put and won the meet. He is the first BLHS thrower the team has had in a while who is performing well as a freshman and can develop throughout his career.
“By the time he’s a junior, I see him going over 50 feet,” Fuhrman said.
He placed third in the discus with a throw of 112 feet.
Jay Kramer placed second in javelin at 141 feet, which improved on his best throw by six feet.
The BLHS girls track team placed fourth at the Perry-Lecompton meet on Tuesday, April 14.
Melissa Seaman, who normally plays soccer, high jumped 4-9 and placed first.
Dakkota Edmonds continued her impressive freshman season, winning two running events. She placed first in the 100 with a time of 12.8 and the 200 with a time of 26.7. The time is almost a second better than her previous best time in the event.
In relay events, Basehor-Linwood placed second in the 400-meter relay behind Atchison. Edmonds, Taylor Johnson, Kraus and Equels ran legs in the race.
Another newcomer was impressive for the Bobcats. Carrie McCarty placed second in the 300 hurdles while running her first meet of the season.
“She placed second in the 300 hurdles and ran extremely well,” Fuhrman said. “I am glad to see her run again.”
Bobby Courtney placed second in the high jump.
The Bobcat’s 3,200-meter relay team placed eighth and is one that could contend for a state berth.
“This is an event we think that we have opportunity to do really well at regionals,” Fuhrman said. “We are putting some pieces together to figure out who will go where. We ran 9:19. If we can get down around 9, then we have a realistic opportunity to qualify for state.”
Basehor-Linwood performed well in distance events. Grady Blackwood, placed sixth in the mile. Bryce Garver placed sixth in the two mile. In addition, Wyatt Kelly, ran the two mile race and improved his time by 30 seconds.
In the sprints, the 400-meter relay team placed second and Prioleau placed third in the 200 with a time of 23.2.