Prioleau, Edmonds are fast ‘Cats
If the first meet of the season is any indicator, the Basehor-Linwood boys and girls track teams should entertain fans in the sprinting events this season.
The Bobcats showed promise in the short races during the Baldwin Invitational on Thursday at Baker University.
Daniel Prioleau and Dakkota Edmonds placed high in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
Prioleau placed second in the 100 with a time of 11.49 seconds despite slipping as he fired out of the blocks. He finished just behind Cameron Callahan of Bonner Springs, who ran a time of 11.32.
“(Prioleau) crossed the finish line and said I almost fell down at the start,” BLHS coach Steve Hopkins said. “He ran a good time, but he felt like he had no chance because he started poorly.
Prioleau finished first in the preliminaries of the 200 with a time of 23.20 and then finished second in the finals with a time of 23.51. Dayshawn Berndt of Baldwin won the event in 22.92.
“He ran a good start on 200 but didn’t have enough to win in the finals. For the first meet of the year he did a good job,” Hopkins said.
Edmonds proved to be the most dominant female sprinter at the meet as she won the 100 in 12.87 — winning by half a second — and then cruised to victory in the 200 in 26.40.
“She ran really well and ran faster in both races than she did last year,” Hopkins said.
The runners excelled for the Bobcats on a day when half the team attended the meet. The other half competed in a meet in Lansing on Tuesday, but results were not available at press time.
With a split squad and other athletes missing the meet with illnesses or other commitments, the BLHS boys placed 10th as a team. The girls finished11th.
Also for the BLHS boys, Brian Pemberton took fourth in the pole vault with a 10-foot clearance and Leo Budy finished fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 37-11.
Kayla Peterson was the other medalist for the Basehor-Linwood girls. She finished third in the 2,000 steeplechase in 9:06.56.