BLHS track program has best league meet in recent memory
The Basehor-Linwood High School track team had its best showing in years at the Kaw Valley League Championships Wednesday and Friday at BLHS, and the performance was even more impressive considering the depth of talent in the league this year.
“Mill Valley’s depth really proved out, but we’ve never been this close to the top three,” BLHS coach Steve Hopkins said. “We feel like we’re more of a competitive track team now instead of having one athlete or two athletes who can score.”
The Mill Valley girls won their 11th consecutive KVL title, and the Jaguar boys won their fourth in a row. The Lansing boys and girls both finished second. The BLHS boys placed fourth — just nine points behind third-place Piper — and the BLHS girls took fifth.
The Basehor-Linwood boys had league titles in five events. Daniel Prioleau set the tone with victories in the 100-meter dash in 10.77 seconds and the 200 in 23.75. He won both races by comfortable margins. Prioleau also anchored the 400-meter relay team to a first-place finish 43.70.
The other two league titles came in field events. Jacob Powell dominated the shot put and won with a mark of 46 feet, 6 3/4 inches — more than two feet better than the next thrower.
Lane Young took first in the long jump with a personal best mark of 21-4 1/2, a half inch farther than Tonganoxie’s Dylan Scates.
“(Young) is angry because he didn’t get the league record, but he came in seeded fifth,” Hopkins said. “That’s what’s amazing. I had hoped he would place better (than fifth), but to go from seeded fifth to first is incredible.”
Other top field events efforts came from Ben Johnson, who placed fifth in the high jump at 5-10, fifth in the discus at 125-2, and seventh in the shot put at 41-6 1/4; Jesse Hiss, who was second in the shot put at 44-6 1/2 and fourth in the discus at 131-9; Tyler Simpson, who was seventh in the pole vault with a 10-0 clearance; and Brown, who finished fourth in the long jump at 20-1 1/4.
Much like Young surged up the rankings in the long jump, Miles Brown climbed the ranks in the 100. He was seeded low going in, but he finished third in 11.31. Young placed seventh in 11.72.
“Miles goes from being seeded like maybe he’ll make finals, and he gets third in the league,” Hopkins said. “That’s spectacular.”
In other running events, Matt Ogilvie placed fourth in the 110 hurdles in 16.87; Nick Yanos was sixth in the 400 in 56.09; the 1,600-meter relay team was fifth in 3:43.14; and the 3,200-meter relay team was seventh in 9:15.07.
Dakkota Edmonds led the way for the Basehor-Linwood girls. The standout sprinter had one of the finest days of her career. First, she set a KVL record in the 100 in 12.31 seconds, topping Piper standout Danyelle Cole’s mark of 12.34 set in 2009. Rival Lenia Goff of Piper was second in 12.36, and Piper’s Kristian Lee took third in 12.39 to round out one of the fastest girls 100-meter fields anywhere in the state this year.
Edmonds also won the KVL title in the 200 in 26.68 and then finished fifth in the triple jump with a personal best 33-1 1/2.
Edmonds also helped the 400-meter relay team to a fifth-place finish in 52.58.
Ally Laney highlighted the distance races for BLHS. She finished fifth in the 3,200 in 13:35.12 and seventh in the 1,600 in 6:01.90.
Bailey Hooker also had a big day. She hit a personal record in the shot put and placed third at 32-11.
“Bailey had broken 30 feet finally, and then she goes 32-11. That’s a three-foot jump!,” Hopkins said. “That’s really, really impressive.”
Also in field events, Victoria Smith finished sixth in the shot put at 31-8 1/2, Shelby Equels was sixth in the triple jump with a mark of 32-6 1/2, Allison Heinen was seventh in the triple jump at 32-1 1/2, and Desiree Ridder placed seventh in the high jump at 4-4.
Basehor-Linwood will play host to the Class 4A regional championships Friday. Hopkins said he hopes the home-track advantage will benefit the Bobcats.
“The home track is huge,” he said. “The home runways, the home rings … I think it’s a tremendous advantage in field events.”