Archive for Thursday, April 21, 2011

Prioleau has record-breaking day at Tonganoxie Invitational

April 21, 2011

In 1970, the world was quite different.

The Kansas City Royals baseball team was in its infancy, and Richard Nixon was president.

Smart Phones and web conferencing were only imaginable through cartoons like the Jetsons, and the Internet was nonexistent to the public.

Some things were similar, though. Track and field was being run at Basehor High School, and records were being kept. That was the year the school record — which carried over when Basehor and Linwood high schools combined — was set by John Cash.

The record remained unchanged until Monday when Basehor-Linwood senior Daniel Prioleau shattered the mark at the Tonganoxie Invitational. Prioleau won the 200 in a blistering 22.44 seconds, surpassing Cash’s previous record of 22.6.

“Individually, it was a tremendous night for Daniel Prioleau as he broke two school records,” BLHS coach Steve Hopkins said. “He won the 100-meter dash in 10.65, breaking his own school record from last year, and in the 200 he broke a record held since 1970 with a time of 22.44. So obviously you break a record from 41 years ago … what an accomplishment. His time in the 100 was also a Tonganoxie meet record.”

Prioleau was simply warming up in the individual events. He also anchored Basehor-Linwood’s 400-meter relay team to a first-place finish. The relay team included Skylar Ross, Lane Young and Miles Brown running individual legs. BLHS has won the 400-meter relay in every meet this season.

“Thursday’s meet at Bonner will be quite a test with Washington, Bonner Springs and several other very fast schools,” Hopkins said. “Then, Daniel and the relay team have qualified for the KU Relays and will run Friday in that elite event.”

With Prioleau leading the way on Monday, Basehor-Linwood placed fifth at the Tonganoxie Invitational. The Bobcats were competing without a full complement of athletes due to a rescheduled date. The meet originally was scheduled for last Thursday, then moved to Friday before it was rained out and pushed back again.

BLHS scored 92 points. Lansing won the meet with 142 points. Piper placed second with 124 points and Tonganoxie was third with 108 points.

In field events, Basehor-Linwood’s shot putters performed well in the meet scoring 17 points.

Jesse Hiss won the shot put with a throw of 47 feet, 10-inches, which set a personal record. Jacob Powell placed second with a throw of 46-7. Jacob Boyer placed sixth in the event with a throw of 39-2.

In addition, Brown placed third in the long jump.

“He is still recovering from his hamstring injury but did an excellent job jumping in the cold,” Hopkins said.

Powell also placed fourth in the javelin and Hiss placed sixth. Hiss placed fifth in the discus. Skylar Ross placed sixth in the high jump.

Hopkins said the team’s performance in field events will be stronger with a full team.

“We needed a couple of our other field event athletes who were unable to come to give us that extra boost into the field events,” Hopkins said.

In distance running events, Jon Oliva placed fourth in the 1,600. Brown placed fourth in the 400.

Hopkins said he was pleased with Brown’s overall performance, especially while recovering from an injury.

“He really had an outstanding night and if we can get him healthy, he can do even better,” Hopkins said.

Rob Peterson placed sixth in the 3,200. The 3,200-meter relay team with Peterson, Bryce Garver, Oliva and Nick Yanos, finished in sixth. The 1,600-meter relay team placed fifth.

“We scored in a lot of events, but were short a couple of key competitors to threaten in the top three spots in the meet,” Hopkins said.

The BLHS girls also competed a little shorthanded and scored 49 points.

Tonganoxie won the meet with 161.33 points. Piper placed second with 127 points and Lansing placed third with 115 points.

In girls competition, Dakkota Edmonds placed second in the 200.

“Edmonds really ran well closing the gap on Lenia Goff of Piper as Dakkota ran a 26.92 to Lenia’s 26.65, so she is within reach,” Hopkins said.

Edmonds placed third in the 100 with a time of 12.55. She finished behind Goff and Lane Nyjah of Lansing.

“It was a great race with five of the six finalists under 13 seconds — amazing quality race,” Hopkins said.

Edmonds also has qualified to run at KU on Friday in the 100 meters.

Freshman Ally Laney placed third in the 1,600 with a time of 6:06. She also placed fourth in the 3,200 with a time of 13:31, which is her best time of the year.

Shelby Equels was busy during the meet. She placed fourth in the triple and long jumps. She also ran a leg on the 400-meter relay team that placed fourth. Also on the relay team were Rachael Cook, Courtney Inlow and Edmonds.

Edmonds also placed sixth in the 400, which was the first time this season she has ran the event.

“She is a threat to improve that time, and we hope she can place there at league and regionals,” Hopkins said.

In the shot put, freshman Victoria Smith placed fourth and Mallorie Belk placed sixth. Smith also finished fourth in the discus.

In the triple jump, Basehor-Linwood finished in fourth, fifth and sixth place respectively, with Equels placing fourth, freshman Allison Heinen finishing fifth and Edmonds, competing for the first time in the competition, placed sixth.

“It was a good night,” Hopkins said. “We will use a shortened team at Bonner to allow our sprinters to run well at the KU Relays on Thursday, and then we hope to finish strong pointing toward league on May 11 and the Class 4A Regional on May 20.”

Basehor-Linwood will play host to both league and regionals.

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