Hiss, Kraemer power BLHS track squad at Piper meet
Jesse Hiss and Jay Kraemer have solidified themselves as Basehor-Linwood’s top performers in throwing events this season.
Last week was no exception.
Hiss won the shot put and Kraemer won the javelin Friday at the Piper Track and Field Invitational. The performances followed their best throws of the season two days earlier at Bonner Springs.
Hiss’ winning throw at Piper was 47 feet, 4 inches. Kraemer also tossed his best throw of the season in the javelin with at 160-7.
Hiss also placed fourth in the javelin.
With Hiss and Kraemer performing well each week, the Bobcats have muscled their way into the upper half of the team standings at meets where they’ve fielded a full squad.
Basehor-Linwood finished fifth in the Piper Invitational, which coach Steve Hopkins said was a tough meet with quality competition.
In addition to the throwers’ performances, Skylar Ross placed fifth in the long jump and Lane Young took sixth. Ross also was fifth in the high jump.
Jake Powell placed fifth in the shot put.
Ben Johnson was fourth in the high jump and fifth in the discus.
On the track, Daniel Prioleau won the 200-meter dash and took second in the 100. John Oliva was fifth and Wyatt Kelly sixth in the 3,200.
The boys’ 400-meter relay team placed third. The 3,200-meter relay team of John Oliva, Mitchell Cook, Bryce Garver and Nick Yanos placed second. The 1,600-meter relay team of Garver, Lane Young, Nick Yanos and Prioleau also was second.
In girls’ competition, Melissa Seaman placed second in the high jump as she cleared 5-0 for the second time this season.
“She is splitting time with the soccer team, making consistency difficult, but she is doing quite well,” Hopkins said.
Shelby Equels won the triple jump with a personal record of 32-1. She also placed fifth in the long jump.
The Bobcats were back in action Wednesday at the Kaw Valley League Championships at Mill Valley. Results were unavailable at press time. The meet was the final tuneup before the Bobcats head to the Class 4A regional meet May 21 at Tonganoxie.
“Our goal is to peak the next three weeks, so we will still work hard in the weight room, but we are tapering the athletes as far as their workouts on the track and in the weight room to hopefully be at our best at regionals, and then get as many through as possible to the state meet,” Hopkins said. “We have only qualified one individual for state each of the last four years, and we hope to do better this spring.”