BLHS boys, girls sweep titles at home meet
The Basehor-Linwood girls and boys cross country teams defended their Bobcat Invitational championships Thursday at Wyandotte County Park.
A heavy thunderstorm forced most of the races to begin ahead of schedule and then delayed the varsity boys’ race, but the rain didn’t deny the Bobcats another championship at their home meet.
The BLHS girls rolled to the team title with 37 points, well ahead of runner-up Blue Valley Southwest’s 53. Bonner Springs took fifth with 97, just three points out of third place.
Meanwhile, the Bobcat boys won handily with 40 points, 29 better than runner-up BVSW. Bonner Springs was third with 75.
Blue Valley Southwest’s Madelyn Johnson bolted to the front of the pack midway through the girls race and soon pulled away for a first-place finish in 16 minutes, 45 seconds. Basehor-Linwood’s Ally Laney attempted to stay with her and finished a strong second in 16:56. Teammate Hannah Tush, a 2009 state qualifier, stayed with Laney for much of the way before slipping to fifth place in 17:28. Shelby Miles joined them in the top 10 with a ninth-place finish in 17:57.
Haley Stallbaumer took 13th in 18:23 and Sheridan Miles rounded out the Bobcats’ first five with a 16th-place finish in 18:33.
Also for BLHS, Sydney Weible took 20th in 18:56 and Sara Rehm was 33rd in 19:59.
Bonner Springs received a strong performance from Scintilla Capalla. She stayed near the front of the pack throughout and took fourth in 17:24. Teamamte Mandy Ballou, a 2009 state qualifier, paced Capalla most of the way before dropping to 10th in 18:02.
Also for BSHS, Tessa Newberry was 32nd in 19:53, Maryssa Peterson took 35th in 20:10 and Citially Alvarado was 36th in 20:32.
Cory Keehn of Jackson Heights dominated the varsity boys race as he cruised to victory in 16:59.
Basehor-Linwood placed five in the top 14, however, to compile a winning team score. Jonathan Oliva earned a sixth-place finish in 18:35, Bryce Garver was ninth in 19:14, Mike Torrez took 10th in 19:19, Rob Peterson was 13th in 19:32 and Mitchell Cook took 14th in 19:37.
Also for BLHS, Mark Vitt took 17th in 19:45, Wyatt Kelly was 19th in 19:58 and Charles Lin was 32nd in 20:49.
T.J. Kimbrough got off to a strong start to his sophomore season at Bonner Springs by placing fifth in 18:31. Teammate Matt Coffman joined him in the top 10 by placing seventh in 18:43.
Also for BSHS, Austin Cobb was 22nd in 20:16, Josh Oden took 28th in 20:31, Zach Povlitzki was 34th in 20:54 and Tyler Johnson finished 47th in 22:20.
The Basehor-Linwood girls took second as a team in the junior varsity race and were led by Rebecca Carroll who finished fifth in 19:43. Teammate Brianna Torrez was sixth in 19:56. Cheyenne Hale paced the Bonner Springs JV girls with a 10th-place finish in 20:09.
The Bobcats’ JV boys also finished second as a team, and Nick Yanos led the way with a second-place finish in 20:33. Teammate Joe Levinson took sixth in 21:21 and Clayton Kaminski was eighth in 21:40. Peter Jenkins was the top BSHS JV runner. He placed 30th in 23:44.