A beautiful day to be a Bobcat
After years of ran and cold, relays pulled off with record-setting times and sunny skies
The Basehor-Linwood track team had waited years for a day like this.
For the first time in recent memory, Friday’s Bobcat Relays took place with no rain delays, postponements or bitter cold. Instead, warm temperatures and clear blue skies provided the perfect conditions for a track meet.
Perhaps the only thing better than the weather was the Bobcats’ performance.
The BLHS boys finished fourth as a team — just four points out of third place, while the Bobcat girls took fifth overall.
“This is the best we’ve done from a team perspective in the history of this meet,” BLHS coach Steve Hopkins said. “Even when we had Dawn Steele, where Dawn could score 40 (points) on her own but the rest of the team didn’t always come with her. This was outstanding. Five or six kids had their best results … shattered their best results.”
Tonganoxie won the boys team title with 141 points, Piper was second with 135 and Bonner Springs was a distant third with 93.
The Bobcats received the bulk of their team points from Daniel Prioleau and Bobby Courtney.
Prioleau nabbed a pair of individual runner-up finishes as he placed second in the 200-meter dash in 22.76 and took the silver in the 100 in 10.78. His time in the 100 set a new BLHS school record. Only Bonner Springs’ Cameron Callahan was faster as he won in a scorching 10.39.
“Daniel broke the school record tonight, which I think for this early in his junior year is really encouraging because he can improve so much more,” Hopkins said.
Prioleau said he was surprised by the accomplishment.
“I’m really excited I broke the record. I didn’t think I’d break it right now,” Prioleau said. “I thought I’d break it later in the season. I feel really good right now. My goal this year was to break 10.7 and, honestly, I didn’t think I was going to do it in my first track meet, so I’m really happy with that.”
Prioleau, a state qualifier in both the 100 and 200 last year, said he believes he is on pace to meet his goal of finishing in the top three in the 100 this season.
“I’m really far ahead because I didn’t think I was going to break the record (so soon),” he said.
Prioleau also helped two relay teams perform at a high level. He teamed with Miles Brown, Courtney and Skylar Ross to finish second in the sprint medley in 1:41.20, and Prioleau also joined Courtney, Bryce Garver and Brian Pemberton to finish sixth in the 1,600-meter relay in 3:51.37.
In addition to the relay success, Courtney placed in three jumping events. He was second in the high jump with a clearance of 5 feet, 10 inches, fourth in the long jump with a distance of 20-4 and fifth in the triple jump at 38-10. Ross was fourth in the high jump at 5-8 and Ben Johnson was sixth at 5-6.
Garver took fourth in the 800 in 2:14.67 and joined Johnathan Oliva, Mitchell Cook and Kelly on the fifth-place 3,200-meter relay team that took fifth in 9:13.40.
Other strong performances came from Jay Kraemer who won the javelin with a throw of 156-1 1/2, Pemberton took third in the pole vault with a mark of 11-0 and Matt Ogilvie finished fourth in the 110 hurdles in 21.86.
The Tonganoxie girls won the team competition with 172 points, Piper was second with 113 and Perry-Lecompton finished third with 110.
Dakkota Edmonds led the way for the BLHS girls. Just like Prioleau, Edmonds took second in the 100 and 200. It took meet records in both races. Edmonds’ time of 12.02 in the 100 and 26.04 in the 200 also broke the previous meet records.
“That brings out the best in you,” Hopkins said of the way the level of competition pushed Edmonds. “Dakkota will run faster because someone next to her is running faster.”
Edmonds joined Shelby Equels, Rachael Cook and Billie Jones in taking second in the sprint medley in 2:04.26.
The relay was just one part of Equels’ dynamite day. She also won the triple jump with a distance of 31-2 and took fourth in the long jump at 14-10 1/2.
Also for BLHS, Kayla Peterson finished second in the 3,200 in 13:21.54, Melissa Seaman was second in the high jump with a leap of 5-2, Haley Williams was sixth in the triple jump at 27-3, and the 3,200-meter relay team of Peterson, Sydney Weible, Sarah Hopkins and Hayley Stallbaumer finished fourth in 12:06.21.
Coach Hopkins said he was ecstatic with the girls’ performance. In particular, Equels highlighted the day.
“We didn’t have more than seven or eight total girls entered tonight, I mean they were fabulous,” he said. “Shelby Equels … that’s not just good, that’s really out-of-this-world-good to go three feet farther in the triple jump than you did a week ago. Last Thursday she goes 29 feet and tonight she went 32. (She did that) after running hard a 400, then coming over and saying ‘I can’t feel my legs.’ I was very pleased.”