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Speedy Prioleau qualifies for state

May 28, 2009

A lot of Basehor-Linwood track athletes were close to qualifying for the Class 4A state championships in Wichita, but only one athlete did.

Sophomore Daniel Prioleau qualified in the 100 and the 200. He placed fourth in the 200 with a time of 23.1 seconds and was third in the 100 with a time of 11.06 at the regional meet Friday at Hiawatha High School.

“I don’t think that I have seen anybody as excited as he was to be going this weekend,” coach Jared Fuhrman said.

Both runs are personal record times this season, and Prioleau is getting close to the school record. The BLHS records are 10.9 in the 100 and 22.6 in the 200.

“That is something in the next two years I would anticipate him breaking,” Fuhrman said. “I eventually think maybe he will run the 400. His build is accustomed to 200 and 400. He has worked hard to get to where he is at.”

He’ll have a chance to break the records at state, which takes place Friday and Saturday at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium.

Prioleau started attending Basehor-Linwood in the fall and moved to the district from Georgia. He came out for track this spring and showed promise early in the season although he was a little green.

“He hadn’t had a lot of people pushing him,” Fuhrman said. “I don’t think he understood how hard he had to work and the kind of potential he had.”

Prioleau began working harder. He responded to coaching, quickly becoming a force to contend with for the Bobcats this season.

“The last month to three weeks he has just exploded,” Fuhrman said. “He has started to figure out how hard he needs to work. He runs stronger. Every day at practice he is more impressive than the day before.

“He has potential; he is flowing with it. He is going to be an exceptional runner. I am excited about watching him this weekend.”

Other Basehor-Linwood track athletes came up short in bids for a run at state.

The boys’ 3,200-meter relay team placed eighth with a time of 9 minutes, 2 seconds. The team that consisted of Brady Blackwood, Mitchell Cook, Bryce Garver and Mike Torrez shaved 38 seconds off its first time of the season.

The Bobcats’ 400-meter relay also narrowly missed qualifying for state. The team ran a 45.11, breaking the previous season-best mark of 45.2. Miles Brown, Chandler King, Torrez and Prioleau all ran legs in the race. The runners are all sophomores and should only improve next season, Fuhrman said.

In field events, Bobby Courtney cleared 5 feet, 10 inches, in the high jump but didn’t qualify for state. His best jump this season was a school-record mark of 6-5.

The Bobcats also did not qualify an athlete in the throwing events.

In girls competition, Dakkota Edmonds placed fifth in the 100 and 200 races.

She was passed in the last 15 meters of the 200. In spite of not qualifying for state, Edmonds wrapped up a stellar debut season where she won numerous races and advanced to the finals at larger meets.

“She had an impressive year as a freshman,” Fuhrman said. “I would like to see her get to go down and experience the state meet.”

The 400-meter relay team of Edmonds, Shelby Equels, Taylor Johnson and Baily Kraus placed sixth with a time of 52.3.

Melissa Seaman performed well in the high jump clearing 4-10, but she missed out on a state berth. Equels competed in the finals in the triple jump, after practicing the event for just two weeks.

Kayla Peterson placed fifth in the 3,200 with a time of 13.23, about 15 seconds out of fourth place. The top four finishers in each event qualify for state.

“I would say overall that I am pretty pleased,” Fuhrman said. “I was disappointed we didn’t get more kids in. All in all it was a good experience. It made me realize that we have kids that are that close.”

Prioleau runs at 5 p.m. Friday in the 200-meter preliminaries and at 9 a.m. Saturday in the 100-meter preliminaries.

“He will have to run his best to make finals, which will be good for him,” Fuhrman said. “I told him, ‘I will not be disappointed either way.’ I just want him to improve and get better. Next year he should be something special.”

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