Callahan cruises at Bobcat Relays

April 15, 2010

BASEHOR — Jeremy Walker’s 100-meter dash Bobcat Relays meet record of 10.3 seconds seemed untouchable when it was set in 2008.

Times that fast don’t happen often in high school track.

If records had nerves, Walker’s record would have been shaking Friday at BLHS as the former Bonner Springs standout nearly had his name scratched out of the record books by a current BSHS standout.

Cameron Callahan scorched the track to a first-place finish in 10.39, winning by a comfortable margin and wowing the crowd — and himself — in the process.

“I’m actually pretty surprised,” he said of his time. “I knew I was going to get a faster time later on in the season, but not this soon. It was kind of a shock to me. I’m just going to keep on progressing and see where it takes me.”

Callahan got a great start out of the blocks and quickly created breathing room ahead of runner-up Daniel Prioleau of Basehor-Linwood. Prioleau’s time of 10.78 set a new BLHS school record.

Callahan’s first-place finish helped lead the BSHS boys to a third-place finish in the team standings with 93 points. Tonganoxie won the team title with 141 points and Piper was second with 135.

Callahan also anchored the 400-meter relay team to a fourth-place finish in 44.54. Clayton Rhodes, Monte Cox and JJ Jackson also competed on the relay. Callahan, Jackson, Rhodes and Nate Mitchell won the sprint medley in 1:40.93.

In addition to the shorter relays, a few of the Braves also ran longer relay races. Jackson, Mitchell, Blaine Edmondson and Rhodes placed third in the 1,600-meter relay in 3:43.97, and Edmondson, Mitchell, TJ Kimbrough and Cox earned third in the 3,200-meter relay in 9:03.82.

Rhodes’ relay efforts were only part of his strong day. He also placed fifth individually in the 300 hurdles in 44.61.

“What impressed me most? Probably the versatility of some of these guys,” BSHS coach Jim Mitchell said of his team’s performance. “We’ve got guys that are running 100s, 800s and 400s. And they’re young, and they’re willing to do it. That’s what impressed me the most.”

Brooks Ballou dominated the distance races. He won the 1,600 in 4:42.82 and cruised to a first-place finish in the 3,200 in 10:33.08. Matt Coffman also was stellar in the distances as he placed fourth in the 3,200 (10:55.38) and sixth in the 1,600 (5:08.72). Kimbrough nabbed fifth in the 1,600 in 5:04.98.

Jake Barren was the lone Brave to place in the field events. He won the shot put with a throw of 47 feet, 7 inches, and took sixth in the discus with a distance of 121-5 1/2.

Barren also joined Steven Schwab, Michael Harmon and Jose Contreras in placing fourth in the throwers’ relay in 52.59.

The Bonner Springs girls finished seventh as a team, and Mitchell said he was pleased to see how much better they competed in numerous events. They’ve been strong in the throws in recent seasons, and that was the case again at the Bobcat Relays as Bridgett Bradley took third in the discus with a distance of 96-2 1/2, Josie Freeby placed fourth in the shot put and discus, and Erica Wilson placed sixth in the shot put. The greatest progress Mitchell saw, however, came in the running events.

“I’m pleased with the girls and the way they’re running. They’re starting to come around,” Mitchell said. “I think it’s just the attitude and the willingness to put in the extra work and run the harder races.”

Among the harder races Mitchell spoke of was the 3,200-meter relay. Mandy Ballou, Vanessa Lugo, Maryssa Peterson and Tessa Newberry teamed up to finish third in 11:50.62.

Lugo, Yessenia Hernandez, Tyreka Johnson and Irene Crump took third in the sprint medley in 2:05.22.

An additional relay team — Johnson, Crump, Hernandez and Newberry – placed third in the 400-meter relay in 54.93.

Crump, Johnson, Ballou and Newberry also placed fifth in the 1,600-meter relay in 4:56.74.

Individually, Hernandez finished sixth in the 100 in 13.70, Crump was sixth in the 200 in 28.66, and Ballou finished sixth in the 400 in 1:11.18.

Up next for Bonner Springs is the Kansas Relays on Friday and Saturday in Lawrence.

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