Basehor-Linwood sprinters Prioleau, Edmonds hope to break into state
Daniel Prioleau and Dakkota Edmonds are working on their starts in practice this week in preparation for the Class 4A regional meet Friday at Tonganoxie High School.
How well they start on Friday in their respective races will be pivotal in whether or not they qualify for state.
At this point in the season no runners are going to get a lot faster, and milliseconds can determine state berths.
The two runners have developed as nice stories this season, competing and regularly placing in the 100- and 200-meter sprints individually, as well as on relay teams.
If both runners qualify for state in sprinting events that would be special, coach Steve Hopkins said.
“They both have a chance to get through,” he said. “It would be fun to get a boy and girl sprinter at state at the same time.”
The two runners likely will be seeded in the top four spots at the regional meet and will need to run well in order to qualify.
“If you don’t do your best or one of top performances, you won’t go,” Hopkins said. “There are excellent athletes in each event.”
Basehor-Linwood has multiple athletes in similar situations, and different story lines are developing as the meet approaches.
Senior Bobby Courtney has been hampered lately with a foot injury, but he is expected back to compete. He is planning not to practice this week while his foot is in a protective boot, and he will take off the boot to compete.
The team has a talented group of throwers in Jesse Hiss, Jacob Powell and Jay Kraemer who have chances to qualify. The team also has some relay teams who are on the bubble.
In girls competition, Shelby Equels is a contender in the jumps while Kayla Peterson will try to replicate her cross country success by qualifying for the state track meet.
The Bobcats had a final tune-up for regionals when they competed at the Kaw Valley League Championships on Friday at Mill Valley.
The boys team finished in eighth place with 28 points. Mill Valley won the meet with 162 points. Lansing placed second with 88 points, edging out Tonganoxie who placed third with 87 points.
Hopkins said individuals performed at or just above the seeds they entered the meet with.
Prioleau placed third in the 100 with a time of 11.29. He placed third in the 200 in 23.09.
The boys’ 400-meter relay team placed fourth with a time of 45.73. The 3,200-meter relay team placed fifth with a time of 9:06.
Powell placed seventh in the shot put with a distance of 40-0 1/2. Kraemer placed second in the javelin with a distance of 157-8. Kraemer was slated to compete in the third flight of throwers during the meet, but jumped up into the second flight when other throwers were competing in the shot put event. His first attempt was his best throw before footing on the runway deteriorated.
Edmonds led the BLHS girls to an eighth-place finish while Mill Valley won its 10th straight KVL title. She took third in the 100 in 13.09 and was second in the 200 in 26.31. Piper’s Lenia Goff won the race in a meet record 25.70.
Edmonds also anchored the 400-meter relay that placed third in 53.28
“That is pretty impressive,” Hopkins said. “She medaled in all three events. The key for Edmonds now at regionals is the start out of the block. She keeps working on getting her start better. In the 100 that is crucial. You have got to get out of the blocks. We are working on gaining a step or two out of the blocks.”
Peterson placed sixth in the 3,200 in 13:26.96.
Equels placed fifth in the long jump with a distance of 14-11 3/4. She finished sixth in the triple jump at 31-7.