Bobcat sprinters showcase speed at Kansas Relays
Basehor-Linwood won the Sunflower Showdown at the Kansas Relays on Saturday.
The race featured the top 400-meter relay teams from the state of Kansas who did not advance to the championship finals.
Basehor-Linwood narrowly missed making the finals, finishing 11th overall. The top eight teams in preliminaries qualified for finals, and BLHS coach Steve Hopkins said it was a nice achievement for the team to defeat numerous larger schools.
“That was huge, if we beat (a few more) in preliminaries then we make finals,” he said.
The Sunflower Showdown victory was the Bobcats’ best race of the season. Hopkins said that’s a testament to how well the Bobcats worked together to improve their handoffs.
“We don’t have the fastest four, but our handoffs have improved,” Hopkins said. “We have teams that are faster than us, but we don’t miss our handoffs.”
Daniel Prioleau, Trey Kincheloe, Lane Young and Miles Brown ran legs in the race. Skylar Ross was an alternate for the team.
In addition to winning the race, Basehor-Linwood broke the school record in the event with a time of 43.6. It’s the second time this season the Bobcats have broken the record.
“We are really excited to bring the record down each week,” Hopkins said.
In individual competition, Prioleau placed fourth in the 100 with a time of 10.92, which bettered his preliminary time of 10.94. He placed seventh overall in Friday’s preliminaries and took second in his heat.
Prioleau is pacing the Bobcats this season, and he has set new records nearly every week, whether it was breaking a 41-year-old school record in the 200, bettering his own 100 school record, helping the relay team set school records or placing in the top four at the state’s largest regular-season meet.
Hopkins said Prioleau is a talented runner and an extremely hard worker.
“He is the last kid to leave the track every night,” Hopkins said. “When practice is over, he will stay and run another 200. He has really worked hard in the past year. He joined an AAU track team in the offseason and made preparation pay off. The work he put in during the offseason is paying off.”
In the finals, Prioleau finished behind Adonis Saunders of Olathe North who ran a time of 10.59 and Joe Fisher of Valley Center who ran a time of 10.60. Matt Gerber finished third with a time of 10.9.
In addition, Dakkota Edmonds ran a time of 12.66 in the girls’ 100 preliminaries, which was her fastest time of the year. She was 13th overall and narrowly missed advancing to the finals.
In addition to the Kansas Relays, Basehor-Linwood sent athletes to the Bonner Springs Invitational on Thursday.
The Basehor-Linwood boys placed second on a day when rain threatened to wash out the meet.
Jesse Hiss placed first in the shot put with a throw of 47-0 1/2 and Jacob Powell placed second in the event. Hiss also placed third in the discus. Powell placed third in the javelin.
“We scored points in all of the throwing events, but we scored big points in the shot put,” Hopkins said.
Tyler Simpson placed second in the pole vault and finished third in the triple jump. Ben Johnson finished third in the high jump.
Prioleau placed third in the 100. He slipped at the start and then struggled to catch up.
In girls competition, Alison Heinen placed second in the long jump with a distance of 15 feet. Shelby Equels placed third in the triple jump.
Victoria Smith threw 31 feet in shot put and finished third, which was a two-foot improvement on her previous personal record.
Dez Ridder finished second in the high jump. Courtney Inlow placed third in the 100 hurdles, leading a team of runners that finished third fourth and fifth respective. Freshman Haley Robinson finished fourth, followed by Rachel Cook, who placed fifth.