Basehor runners struggle at Rim Rock
After a solid overall beginning to the cross country season, Basehor-Linwood stumbled a bit on Saturday at the Rim Rock Farm Classic in Lawrence.
“We were shorthanded because of illness and injury, and we didn’t do particularly well,” BLHS coach Jeff Venema said. “Also, it was the same day as the homecoming dance, and I don’t believe we were as focused as we should have been. All in all, it was a very forgettable day for both the boys and girls.”
While not much was memorable, Kayla Peterson remained steady on the course for the Bobcats. She placed 40th in the girls’ 4,000-meter race, finishing with a time of 17:58.29.
As a senior, she continues to perform well for the Bobcats.
“Kayla is using her years of experience in cross country and track to prepare herself appropriately for each meet,” Venema said. “She’s really leading by example.”
Peterson is close to breaking the school record for most medals earned by a BLHS cross country runner. She also is looking to qualify for the Class 4A state meet again.
As a team, the girls placed 20th out of 24 teams.
Hannah Tush placed 77th with a time of 18:44.25. Brooke Redmond was 107th with a time of 19:18.61. Sheridan Miles placed 116th with a time of 19:29.83. Casey Mahoney finished in 20:06.48. Megan Rehm rounded out the squad, finishing in 20:12.48.
The Basehor-Linwood boys also struggled during the meet, placing last out of 26 teams entered in the race.
Individually, Bryce Garver placed 123rd in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 20:12.19. Mike Torrez finished in 155th place with a time of 20:38.19.
Kelly Wyatt clocked a time of 20:51.53; Brad Waterman finished in 20:55.76; Tony Almeida finished in 21:01.75; and Brady Blackwood finished in 21:08.85.
Venema said his squad would have to regroup and rebound from the setback.
“A season is filled with highs and lows. It’s important that we don’t get too high or too low, but rather trying to remain consistent with workouts and focused on our goals for end-of-season meets,” he said.
The team will compete in the Lansing Invitational at 4 p.m. today on the campus of the University of St. Mary. The Lansing course is quick and should help runners lower their times.
“Lansing is a quick course; you need to get out fast to avoid the bottlenecks,” Venema said. “It’s really hard to gain on the competition once you fall behind.”