Archive for Thursday, September 8, 2011

Laney, Walcott finish 1-2, BLHS girls, boys sweep titles at Bobcat Invitational

Coffman, Kimbrough spark BSHS boys with top-10 finishes

September 8, 2011

— Even with all the races being pushed back because of the excessive heat, Basehor-Linwood opened its cross country season in style by winning both the boys and girls legs of its home meet Thursday at Wyandotte County Park.

After the meet, BLHS coach Jeff Venema said the result was a fantastic way to start the season.

The Basehor-Linwood girls won the meet for the fourth consecutive year while the Bobcat boys claimed their third consecutive meet championship.

The girls’ varsity competition was extremely close. Basehor-Linwood’s score of 35 was one point better than runner-up Blue Valley Southwest.

The Basehor-Linwood girls placed three runners in the top 10, including the top two finishers in the 2.5-mile race. Ally Laney was the meet champion in 16 minutes, 39.9 seconds, and Quinnlyn Walcott was close behind in second place in 16:45.4.

Hannah Tush joined them in the top 10 by placing seventh in 18:00.7.

Rounding out the first five for the Bobcats, Rebecca Carroll placed 15th in 18:41.7 and Keirsten Lindelof was 16th in 18:44.5.

The Bonner Springs girls placed sixth out of seven teams. The Braves were led by Mandy Ballou, who took 20th overall in 18:52.8 and earned medalist honors.

Also for Bonner Springs, Citlally Alvarado was 29th in 19:49.2, Akiko Capalla was 30th in 19:49.5, Tessa Newberry finished 38th in 20:52.2 and Amber Lies was 43rd in 22:15.6.

“I thought they did well, especially since it was their first race,” BSHS girls coach Rob Marriott said of his youth-laden squad. “We’ll just keep putting the miles in and build our long run up (to the postseason). I think they will come out of this pretty well.”

Piper’s Brian Mosier was the boys 3.1-mile champion in 17:10, but Basehor-Linwood placed five runners in the top 20 en route to the team title. Jonathan Oliva took third overall in 17:50, Mark Vitt was 11th in 19:15, Tanner Tavis placed 12th in 19:17 and Casey Jones was 13th in 19:18. Johnny Fulkerson rounded out the Bobcats’ first five by finishing 20th in 20:00.

The collective effort led the Basehor-Linwood boys to a 12-point victory ahead of Blue Valley Southwest.

Venema said he was pleased with the balanced effort of his squad, and in particular he pointed to Jones as one of the young talents who should impact the Bobcats throughout the season.

The Bonner Springs boys placed sixth out of nine teams, and the Braves placed two runners in the top 10. Matt Coffman finished fifth overall in 18:35 and T.J. Kimbrough was 10th in 19:08.

Up next for the Braves, Joe Castell was 26th in 20:27, Thomas Hook finished 48th in 22:14 and Tre Scott was 55th in 22:49.

BSHS boys coach Bill Downing said he was encouraged by the squad’s performance for the first meet of the season.

“It’s definitely something we can build on,” Downing said. “The whole goal of the year is to have a chance to get to state, and we have a possibility this year.”

Basehor-Linwood next competes today at the Atchison Invitational. Bonner Springs competes Saturday at Bishop Miege.

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