Fatigue doesn’t slow Bobcats at Tonganoxie Invitational
The Basehor-Linwood cross country team has enjoyed the past week away from racing, and it was a welcome break after the Bobcats competed in three meets in six days.
The final meet in that stretch took place Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the Tonganoxie Invitational.
The Basehor-Linwood girls overcame fatigue and posted a second-place finish in the team standings.
The result left BLHS coach Jeff Venema feeling ecstatic about his girls’ display of toughness.
“Running on dead legs like that, we were close to where we wanted to be time-wise,” he said. “It makes me feel optimistic we will be able to finish strong.”
The usual crew led the way for the Bobcats. Hannah Tush placed 12th in the four-kilometer race in 17 minutes, 16 seconds. Teammate Ally Laney was 17 seconds behind and placed 14th.
Haley Stallbaumer finished 22nd in 18:21, and her performance won praise from her coach.
“She has stepped up for us and is starting to show confidence in her running,” Venema said. “I am excited to see how she continues doing.”
In addition, Shelby Miles placed 24th in 18:26 and Sheridan Miles was 27th in 18:38.
In addition, Shelby Miles finished in 24th place with a time of 18:26 and Sheriden Miles finished in 27th place with a time of 18:38.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Oliva turned in another top-10 finish in the boys’ race. He placed 10th in the five-kilometer race in 18:08 and led the Bobcats to a fourth-place finish in the team standings.
“Oliva was excellent again and led our team,” Venema said.
Rob Peterson also had a strong race for the Bobcats, placing 18th in 18:43.
“He is going to be a four-year letter winner, and this is his best year,” Venema said. “He put in summer work and surprised us all with how he is doing. He is consistently strong.”
Peterson is running times under 19 minutes this season, which is a minute or two better than the times he posted last year. He is an example of the progress runners can make with hard work.
“I challenged other seniors to match his output. I am very pleased for Rob that he is in that situation,” Venema said.
Bryce Garver placed 24th in 18:54, Mike Torrez was 27th in 18:59 and Wyatt Kelly placed 32nd in 19:33. Also for BLHS, Mitchell Cook finished 42nd and Mark Vitt was 43rd.