Courtney high jump leap breaks BLHS record
Basehor-Linwood track athlete Bobby Courtney penciled his name into the school’s record book on Thursday.
Courtney broke the high jump record by clearing 6 feet, 5 1/8 inches, which broke the previous mark of 6-5.
“He looked good. He has been jumping pretty consistent at 6-5 in practice,” coach Jared Fuhrman said. “He is pretty excited. He’s been pushing toward that.”
Courtney is a two-sport athlete, competing in track and golf at the school. He practices track two days each week before school and plays golf after school.
Courtney qualified for the Class 4A state golf tournament last year. He hopes to make a return trip this season while also adding the state track meet to his travel plans.
“He is getting close to that mark that he wants to get to,” Fuhrman said. “His first goal was to break the school record. Now, I think he would like to get to state this year.”
Courtney missed out on qualifying last season at regionals, and has a chance to qualify this season, Fuhrman said.
In addition to the high jump, Courtney also placed third in the long jump with a distance of 19-1. He led Basehor-Linwood to a fourth-place finish in the Bonner Springs Invitational.
In addition to Courtney’s performance, Jay Kramer placed second in the javelin with a throw of 155-0. Mitchell Cook placed third in the mile after passing two runners in the final straightaway to finish in 5:07.31.
“He is a sophomore and has come out of nowhere this year,” Fuhrman said of Cook. “He is running really well.”
Basehor-Linwood’s 3,200-meter relay team placed fourth with Grady Blackwood, Bryce Garver, Cook and Mike Torrez running legs in the race and finished in 9:47.
“They ran pretty well,” Fuhrman said. “That is a team that is going to keep improving as we get closer to regionals.”
In field events, Jacob Powell placed fifth in the shot put competition with a toss of 38-4.
In girls competition, Dakkota Edmonds placed second in the 100 and 200. She finished with a 12.66 in the 100 and clocked 26.87 in the 200.
She lost both races by .3 of a second, but hopes to improve on her times by improving on her starts. Edmonds has worked hard in practice on her starts, Fuhrman said. She has stayed after practice to gain extra repetitions.
“That helped her last week. She is continually improving on those,” Fuhrman said. “That will help her even more. She has a strong finish, but her weak point is the beginning right now.”
In addition to Edmonds, Kayla Peterson placed third in the 3,200 in 13:27. Shelby Miles was fourth in 14:25.