BLHS qualifies 12 for state track meet
The Basehor-Linwood track and field teams wrapped up the regular season Friday in front of a home crowd. But, for a select few Bobcats, the journey isn't quite over.
Eleven members of the BLHS squad qualified for this weekend's Class 4A state meet at a regional on their home field. Junior Sierra Smith led the way, qualifying in two individual events and running a leg on a qualifying relay team as the Bobcats carded a third-place team finish.
Smith won the team's only regional title in the triple jump, beating out the field with a distance of 34 feet, 3.5 inches. Smith also took second in the long jump (16-4) and teamed up with Katie Hickman, Katey Trower and Marriah Clayton to finish fourth in the 4x100-meter relay.
Clayton and Trower also earned individual state bids in the 100-meter dash and shot put, respectively. Clayton took third in the 100 (12.37 seconds) and Trower fourth in the shot (35-9.5). Cassandra Beattie was the only other non-distance runner to make the state cut, placing fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (16.82).
Quinnlyn Walcott continued her record-breaking junior season by qualifying individually in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs. She finished third in both with times of 5:26.1 and 12:03.2, respectively. She also joined with teammates Rebecca Carroll, Ryann Smith and Jaime Weible to take second in the 4x800-meter relay. The Bobcats' time of 10:09.14 crushed the school record of 10:27.31 they set earlier this season at the Piper Invitational.
The boys 4x800 relay team of Luke McGowan, Garrett Cook, Tanner Tavis and Mark Vitt complemented the girls state bid with a fourth-place time of 8:15.88 to round out the list of BLHS state qualifiers.
The state meet begins at 7:45 a.m. at Wichita State University's Cessna Stadium and runs through Saturday evening. Click here for a schedule for BLHS athletes.