Young Basehor-Linwood track squad shows progress at Piper Invitational
Basehor-Linwood track coach Jared Fuhrman is in year one of a quest to build the track and field program into a league contender that sends a good group of athletes to the Class 4A state meet each season.
Already, good things are happening. Coaches at meets are noticing, and e-mails filter in telling him that coaches notice progress and the strides being made.
The Bobcats are becoming relevant and athletes are improving on the track. A team that is predominately freshmen and sophomores is showing signs of progress.
Enthusiasm is catching on. Athletes who did not compete at the Kaw Valley League meet on Wednesday and who will not compete at regionals are still showing up for practice.
Athletes have goals of improving in track. Some for this season and others for next, though Fuhrman’s focus was on league and is now on regionals.
“What I want to accomplish is I would like to see kids place in the top five spots in the league as a team,” he said. “I want to take some kids to state. I would love to get a relay, take them down to experience it. We need to see what it is like, because next year we will be strong. We will not be freshmen and sophomores, be sophomores and juniors.”
Athletes were excited to compete in the Kaw Valley League meet, which took place on Wednesday at Piper High School.
“I can tell these kids are real excited,” he said. “They want to do well. They want to succeed. I left Friday’s practice so excited and ready to go again. The kids have been working so hard.”
The team’s performance at the Piper Invitational on May 5 is one cause for optimism.
The Basehor-Linwood girls team placed sixth with 53 points. The boys team placed fifth with 52 points.
In girls competition, the BLHS placed fourth in the 3,200-meter relay with a time of 11 minutes, 19.94 seconds.
Taylor Johnson placed fifth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 19.18.
Dakkota Edmonds placed fifth in the 100 with a time of 13.03. She placed fourth in the 200 with a time of 27.27.
Shelby Miles continues to impress BLHS coaches with her performances in the 1,600 and 3,200. She placed third in the 1,600 with a time of 6.14.62 and fifth in the 3,200 in 13:50.83.
BLHS placed third in the 400-meter relay with a time of 54.64.
Cara McCarty was third in the 300 intermediate hurdles with a time of 53.79.
Meanwhile, Daniel Prioleau led the way for the BLHS boys. He placed third in the 100 in 11.52 and third in the 200 with a time of 23.71. Chandler King was third in the 300 hurdles in 44.64.
Mitchell Cook placed fifth in the 1,600 with a time of 5:17.90.
The Bobcats had two solid relay showings, finishing fourth in the 3,200 relay in 9:13.44 and fifth in the 400 relay in 47.09.