Basehor-Linwood track program featured talented underclassmen
Entering the year, Basehor-Linwood track and field coach Jarred Fuhrman looked at his first season as one where he wanted to build enthusiasm for the program.
He wanted his student-athletes to work hard and get better each week. With a roster full of mostly freshmen and sophomores, he wanted them to gain experience this season and be poised for a breakthrough year in 2010.
Reflecting on the just-completed season, Fuhrman said he thought his goal was accomplished.
“This year the track team was filled with youth,” he said. “We only had two seniors, Bryce Jackson and Baily Kraus. I am looking forward to next year and the great year that we should have in store for us. Another summer of weights, gaining strength and speed, and the Bobcat track team will look to be a force next year.”
While Fuhrman is excited about next season, he also is pleased with what the team accomplished this year.
The Bobcats achieved another of Fuhrman’s goals of having an athlete qualify for the Kansas Track and Field State Championships.
Daniel Prioleau advanced to state in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, gaining invaluable experience in his sophomore season.
Prioleau highlighted a promising group of young athletes — a few more of whom narrowly missed qualifying for state.
Dakkota Edmonds was the most dominant runner for the BLHS girls throughout the season. The standout sprinter placed in the top three at most meets this season, and she finished fifth in the 100 and 200 at regionals, one spot away from qualifying for state.
The boys’ 400 relay team of sophomores Prioleau, Chandler King, Miles Brown and Michael Torrez broke the school record of 45.2, running a time 45.11.
The boys’ 3,200 relay team had five steady options in Bryce Garver, Brady Blackwood, Mitchell Cook, Doug DeMoro and Torrez. The varying lineup of runners opened the year running a 9:40 and finished regionals with a time of 9:02.
The girls’ 3,200 relay team of Shelby Miles, Taylor Johnson, Kayla Peterson and Cara McCarty placed third in the Kaw Valley League meet race with a time of 10:46, which was an improvement of more than 30 seconds.
The girls’ 400 relay team consisting of Taylor Johnson, Kraus, Shelby Equels and Edmonds ran a time of 52.0 in the regional meet.
In field events, Brian Pemberton placed fifth in the pole vault at regionals, clearing 11 feet. He is on pace to break the school record next year.
Bobby Courtney broke the school record in the high jump with a jump of 6-5 1/8 at the Bonner Springs Invitational.
McCarty and King were Basehor’s top female and male hurdlers, and both steadily improved their times throughout the season.
Jay Kraemer placed first in the javelin at the Piper Invitational with a throw of 158-0. Kraemer, like a lot of Bobcats, wants to advance to state next season.
Jesse Hiss threw 42 feet in the shot put, which set a freshman record at Basehor-Linwood.
The BLHS junior varsity team won the meet at Perry-Lecompton. The boys team placed second at the Marysville meet.
Wyatt Kelly and Taylor Johnson receiving awards for the most improved performers of the season.
All of those accomplishments — mixed with the fact that almost the entire squad returns — have Fuhrman excited about what the future holds for BLHS track.