A year to remember
DeSoto girls win Kaw Valley track title again
From May 18, 2000
DeSoto High's girls track team defended its Kaw Valley League title, but had to wait an extra day to make it official.
Thursday's storm, highlighted by a tornado that tore through Tonganoxie and came close to Basehor, caused the final three events of the meet to be held the following day.
The delay didn't bother the Wildcats, who breezed to their second straight Kaw Valley crown.
"It's hard to stop when you're on a roll because you want to know how it's going to end," coach Matt Bohm said.
"It feels really great to know we're the champions again because all of us have worked so hard to keep it," senior pole vaulter Michelle Roellchen said.
Thursday's weather was the story. Before the storm hit, strong winds from the south accompanied temperatures in the high 80s.
It made for less-than-ideal conditions for athletes, who rested in the shade when they weren't on the track.
"I guess it helps the jumpers sometimes, but nobody really wants to compete in this type of weather," Bohm said.
However, some athletes believed the weather helped their performances. Sophomore pole vaulter Paul Seaman credited the wind for helping him finish fourth by vaulting a personal best 11-6.
"This (weather) is pretty nice actually," Seaman said.
Seaman wasn't the only one with reason to feel proud. Senior Josh Goodin beat the school records in both the shot put (54-5) and the discus (160-2). He won league titles in both events.
Sophomore Mindy DeGroot broke the school record in the high jump with a height of 5-5, beating her personal record by five inches and placing first in the event.
Senior Chris Walker was wearing a grin after placing first in the 110-meter high hurdles. Although there was some dispute in the winning time due to a clock malfunction, Wiker was happy about being league champion.
"You can't argue with the fact that I placed first," he said. "I'm just so proud right now, I feel like I could take Michael Johnson on."
With the loss of several senior runners last year, junior Aubrey Hale was wary about competing this youea in the girl's 4x800 relay race, despite the team's first place rank in the competition.
"We have two new runners this year, one who has never run an 800-meter race until recently, so we didn't want to start making assumptions until it happened," Hale said.