Walcott, Laney have record-setting performances as BLHS girls take 1st at Pleasant Ridge
A Basehor-Linwood girls cross country school record was smashed twice Thursday at the Pleasant Ridge Invitational.
That dominant effort powered the BLHS girls to a first-place finish in the team standings.
The Bobcats compiled 35 points, 12 better than runner-up Tonganoxie at the five-team meet.
Quinnlyn Walcott was the individual champion in the 4K race 16 minutes flat, dominating the overall field and finishing 11 seconds ahead of runner-up and teammate Ally Laney.
“Quinnlyn Walcott ran the fastest 4K in school history in winning, and she broke the old record by 16 seconds,” BLHS coach Jeff Venema said. “Ally Laney also smashed the time with her effort, so it was an unusually good day.”
In addition to the top two finishers, Haley Stallbaumer recorded a top-10 finish for BLHS as she placed sixth in 17:17. Hannah Tush returned from an injury and placed 12th in 17:36, Sara Rehm placed 16th in 17:43, Keirsten Lindelof was 17th in 17:50 and Rebecca Carroll finished 19th in 17:51.
In the boys’ competition, Tonganoxie scored 41 points and placed first, 11 better than runner-up BLHS.
“The varsity ran very competitive times, but ultimately were bested by Tonganoxie,” Venema said. “They have a very good team, but we were very disappointed to lose. Our kids got a lesson they can grow from, hopefully, about what it takes to come out on top. That’s it’s more about what you do in the summer than what you do in October.”
Tonganoxie’s Pat Rachford was the 5K champion in 16:39.
Jonathan Oliva led Basehor-Linwood with a fifth-place finish in 17:40. Tanner Tavis also cracked the top 10 with a ninth-place finish in 18:09.
Also for BLHS, Luke McGowan was 12th in 18:17, Casey Jones was 13thin 18:19, Mark Vitt placed 16th in 18:29, Johnny Fulkerson finished 17th in 18:31 and Eli Elliott finished 20th in 18:44.