Basehor-Linwood track squad showcases depth at Marysville
All season long Basehor-Linwood track coach Steve Hopkins has wondered how his team would perform with a full squad.
On Thursday, April 29, he got his answer. It was better than what he might have imagined.
The Bobcats dominated the Marysville Invitational, scoring 213 points and winning the meet by 54 points against second place Valley Heights.
“This was the first meet we really pointed toward to use our depth on the boys’ side, but it worked out far better than we ever imagined,” Hopkins said. “Joe Keeler (BLHS athletics director) is not sure if we have ever won such a large meet on the boys’ side and certainly not by such a margin.”
The BLHS boys scored points in 17 of 18 events, sweeping the top three spots in some of the events.
A nucleus of athletes propelled the Bobcats.
Daniel Prioleau medaled in all four of his events. He won two individual races and ran the anchor leg in the 400-meter relay.
“Three gold medals and one silver represent an outstanding day for a junior,” Hopkins said.
Bobby Courtney also won gold medals in two of his four events.
He ran a strong leadoff leg on the 400-meter relay. He also won the high jump and took second in the long and triple jumps.
Freshman thrower Ben Johnson received his first gold medal in discus, and also placed third in the high jump. He placed fifth in the shot put.
Miles Brown earned medals in two relay events, and Jon Oliva performed well in the distance events.
“Jon Oliva truly amazed the distance coaches with a blistering leg on the 800 relay that put us securely in the lead,” Hopkins said. “A short time after running the race, he placed third in the 1,600. Later he placed third in the 3,200 run.”
The girls team had just eight athletes compete, but they finished in third place with 106 points.
Marysville won the meet with 208 points. Valley Heights placed second with 139.
Each BLHS athlete who competed in the meet received a medal for finishing either in first, second or third place.
Kayla Peterson placed first in the 3,200 and Sarah Hopkins took second, taking more than one minute off her previous personal record.
Shelby Equels was second in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump.
Dakkota Edmonds placed first in the 100. Edmonds placed first in the 200 and Equels was third.
Peterson placed first in the 1,600.
In relay action, Basehor-Linwood placed third in the 400-meter relay. Courtney Inlow, Rachael Cook, Equels and Edmonds ran legs in the race.
The 1,600-meter relay team of Billie Jones, Hayley Stallbaumer, Cook and Edmonds placed third.
The 3,200-meter relay team of Peterson, Hopkins, Sydney Weible and Stallbaumer took second.
“We also did extremely well in the girls events, placing in 12 events,” Hopkins said. “This was an outstanding job, and the two field events competitors who we were missing would certainly have scored points and likely given us a great chance at placing second.”