Deuces wild: Basehor-Linwood boys, girls runners finish 2nd at McBurney Invitational
Say this much for the Basehor-Linwood boys and girls cross country teams: They’re consistent.
The BLHS boys and girls have been mirror images of each other during their first two meets of the 2011 season. They swept the team titles at their home invitational to start the season, and Thursday, Sept. 8, both squads placed second at the McBurney Invitational at Santa Fe Trail High School.
In the boys’ competition, the Bobcats finished second out of 13 teams with 70 points. Santa Fe Trail took first with 67 and Burlington was third with 77.
Jonathan Oliva led Basehor-Linwood with a third-place finish in the 5K race in 17 minutes, 29 seconds.
“Oliva was outstanding,” BLHS coach Jeff Venema said. “He now understands that he can win races, and he’s fearless in running up front. He’s the best male runner that Basehor-Linwood High School has produced in the last few decades.”
Tanner Tavis joined Oliva in the top 10 by placing ninth in 18:24. Casey Jones took 16th in 18:32, Johnny Fulkerson was 19th in 18:51 and Eli Elliott rounded out the Bobcats’ first five by placing 27th in 19:19. Also for the Bobcats, Joe Levinson was 37th in 19:40 and Clayton Kaminski took 45th in 20:15.
“All the guys ran very well,” Venema said. “We were hampered by the loss of one of our top guys, Mark Vitt, who was at a funeral. I feel very confident in saying that if we’d had our full squad available that we would have come out on top, but we need to produce with what we’ve got.”
The BLHS boys also secured first place as a team in the junior varsity race. Jacob Peterson finished 10th, Daniel Tady was 11th and Jacob Cook finished 12th to lead the way.
Meanwhile, the BLHS varsity girls also placed second with 59 points, trailing only Maranatha Academy, which had 44.
Ally Laney led the Bobcats in the 4K race by taking fifth in 17:10. Quinnlyn Walcott was sixth in 17:25 and Hannah Tush took ninth in 18:01.
Also for BLHS, Keirsten Lindelof was 19th in 18:41, Sara Rehm took 25th in 19:08, Haley Stallbaumer was 30th in 19:26 and Katie Tindell finished 47th in 21:15.
“We also did not have a full squad for the girls varsity race, but we were represented very well,” Venema said. “Our top three girls are going to shine at every meet.
“We need to continue to work towards bringing all of our girls up to competitive winning times. I believe they will, because I see how hard they work in practice.”
The Bobcats next race Wednesday at Turner. They also run Saturday at the Bonner Springs Invitational at the Kansas Speedway.
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