Peterson digs in, leads BLHS runners
Kayla Peterson tested herself during the Turner Invitational on Wednesday, Sept. 16.
She decided to see how long she could run with the best runners in the race. She wanted to know how long she could hold her own and hang on.
Peterson passed the test.
She placed seventh in the 4,000-meter race with a time of 18:41, and impressed coach Jeff Venema with her approach to the meet.
“She was running up with the strongest 6A girls,” Venema said. “I was proud of her that she took the courage to accept the challenge to run at that speed. It was out of her comfort zone. She took the challenge, ran up there and did very well. She was just very pleased with how things went, though she doesn’t put a lot of pressure on herself; she just goes out and competes.”
Peterson led BLHS to a fourth-place finish in the meet with 102 points. Derby won with 30 points. Blue Springs placed second with 61 points and Gardner-Edgerton was third with 85.
Hannah Tush also ran among the race’s leaders and finished 15th in 19:42.3.
Sheridan Miles placed 22nd with a time of 20:13.2. Brooke Redmond placed 23rd with a time of 20:16.9. Casey Mahoney placed 35th with a time of 20:46.6. Shelby Miles placed 37th with a time of 21.00.8. Megan Rehm rounded out the Bobcats’ lineup by finishing 44th in 21:31.1.
Four BLHS runners earned medals in the meet, proving they could hold their own with runners from larger Class 5A and 6A schools.
“I thought we did very well considering the competition,” Venema said. “It’s hard to tell whether or not the 6A schools brought their best or not. Some did, and some didn’t.”
In the boys’ race, Basehor-Linwood placed seventh as a team.
Mike Torrez was the top BLHS performer. He finished 23rd in the 5,000-meter race in 19:37.4.
Also for Basehor, Wyatt Kelly finished in 29th place with a time of 19:59.7; Brady Blackwood was 40th in 20:44.4; Bryce Garver finished in 44th in 20:57.5; Tony Almeida finished 50th in 21.20.0; Brad Waterman placed 51st in 21.22.0; and Rob Peterson placed 53rd with a time of 21.44.7.
In junior varsity action, Mitchell Cook placed second out of 126 runners with a time of 20:19.3.
The Basehor-Linwood boys and girls parted ways Tuesday as the boys headed to Nemaha Valley and the girls raced in Tonganoxie.
The boys placed third at the Nemaha Valley Invitational, trailing Hiawatha and Washington County.
Torrez led BLHS with a ninth-place finish in 18:04. Blackwood placed 11th in 18:13, Garver was 16th in 18:31, Kelly finished 19th in 18:36 and Waterman rounded out the Bobcats’ first five by placing 23rd in 18:49.
The BLHS girls were shorthanded at Tonganoxie but still finished second out of 19 teams. Tush placed third in 16:17 and Peterson was fourth in 16:18.