Depth shines for Braves at WyCo meet
For the first time all season, the Bonner Springs cross country team competed in a race and senior standout Brooks Ballou wasn’t the winner.
Ballou didn’t lose, though. His coaches held him out from the race Saturday morning at the Wyandotte County Championships at Wyandotte County Park.
The meet, which was pushed back a week because of inclement weather, took place under a light drizzle and chilly temperatures. It also came two days after Ballou won the Kaw Valley League championship for his fifth straight victory.
Ballou’s absence gave other Braves an opportunity to shine, and they did just that.
Sophomore Matt Coffman placed second and Austin Epp finished fifth. However, the breakout race came from freshman TJ Kimbrough who finished third — just one second behind Coffman. Kimbrough’s performance earned him the “Gold Watch” award as the team’s runner of the meet.
Junior Erin Mills earned the girls’ “Gold Watch” for a seventh-place finish, breaking her personal record by 45 seconds. Mills finished just 14 seconds behind sophomore Scintila Capalla, who placed fourth with a time of 17:54. Freshman Mandy Ballou placed third with a time of 17:38.
The meet was Bonner Springs’ final tune-up for the Class 5A regional meet, which takes place at 3 p.m. Saturday at Wyandotte County Park.