Mill Valley sweeps Kaw Valley League track titles again
The Mill Valley boys and girls maintained their strangleholds on the Kaw Valley League track championships Wednesday as they claimed the league crowns for the second straight season.
The title was the ninth straight for the MVHS girls and the fourth overall for the boys in the school’s nine-year existence.
While the Jaguars continued their traditional dominance in the team standings, Bonner Springs turned in some stellar performances of its own — in particular in the form of two meet records.
The Braves’ 400-meter relay team of Garron Wayne, Jeremy Walker, Cameron Callahan and Jonathan Walker finished first in a meet-record 43.03 seconds. Jonathan Walker also broke his own meet record in the 110-meter hurdles as he won in 14.66.
The record performances helped the BSHS boys finish second in the team standings, just eight points behind Mill Valley.
Jeremy Walker bolstered the Braves’ performance by winning the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 1 inch, placing second in the 100 and taking third in the 110 hurdles. Jonathan Walker added a victory in the 100 (11.14) and a third-place finish in the long jump (20-9 1/2). Wayne finished fifth in the 100. Clayton Rhodes placed fifth in the 200 in 23.83.
BSHS showed additional strength in the distance races. Nick Carver took second in the 800 in 2:05.65, just ahead of third-place finisher and teammate Jonathan Jackson (2:07.79). Michael Waite was fifth in the race, finishing in 2:10.94. The trio made up three quarters of the 3,200-meter relay team that finished third in 8:38.86. The 1,600-meter relay team finished second in 3:31.80.
Also for BSHS, Brooks Ballou took second in the 1,600 (4:48.75) and 3,200 (10:23.53).
Jake Barren added points for the Braves in the throws as he finished fourth in the shot put (46-8) and fourth in the discus (125-1 3/4).
The Basehor-Linwood boys finished eighth in the team standings but had a few solid individual performances.
Daniel Prioleau led the way for the Bobcats with a second-place finish in the 200 in 23.15 and a sixth-place finish in the 100 in 11.44. Bobby Courtney added a fifth-place finish in the high jump (6-0) and a sixth-place showing in the triple jump (38-6). Jay Kraemer placed fourth in the javelin with a toss of 154-2 and Brian Pemberton was fourth in the pole vault with a clearance of 10-6. The 400-meter relay team was fifth in 45.74.
In girls competition, BLHS finished seventh and Bonner Springs was eighth in the team standings.
Basehor did most of its damage in the field events. Melissa Seaman placed third in the high jump with a clearance of 4-10, Baily Kraus cleared 7-0 in the pole vault and finished fifth, and Shelby Equels took sixth in the long jump (14-8 1/4) and triple jump (30-7 1/2).
Dakkota Edmonds highlighted the day for the Bobcat runners. She took fourth in both the 100 (12.91) and 200 (26.61). In addition, Kayla Peterson took fourth in the 3,200 in 13:04.02 and Cara McCarty was sixth in the 300 hurdles in 51.91.
The 3,200-meter relay team placed third in 10:46.56 and the 400-meter relay team was fifth in 53.44.
For BSHS, Bridgett Bradley led the way with a third-place discus toss of 108-0. Josie Freeby finished seventh in the shot put with a heave of 31-6. Amanda Trent added a seventh-place showing in the 400 in 1:04.98 and Emily Wilson was seventh in the 200 in 28.67.
The BSHS 400-meter and 1,600-meter relay teams both added seventh-place finishes.
Basehor-Linwood will compete in the Class 4A regional meet on Friday while Bonner Springs will head to the Class 5A regional meet.