Baldwin High tracksters kick off
It was early season track at finest battling the cold while cheering on the performers as Baldwin High School opened the year with its invitational Friday, followed by a wind-swept day of it Monday at the Baker Relays.
After both meets were finished, BHS had a first, second, fourth and a fifth place to show for its efforts. At the Baldwin Invitational Track meet Friday, the girls finished fourth and the boys fifth. On Monday, the BHS boys were first and the girls second.
"It was a good meet," said Mike Spielman, BHS boys coach, about Friday's opener. "We got a chance to see where we're at. The distance crew had a big day and so did the javelin throwers."
BHS was competing Friday without three mainstays Heath Knight with a back problem and Ben Cosman and Corey Martinez, both recovering from surgery.
"It would have been nip-and-tuck with Perry if we would have had those kids," said Spielman.
Perry-Lecompton won the meet with 108 points, followed by: JC Harmon with 77; Wellsville, 76; Paola, 74; Baldwin, 68; Tonganoxie, 40; Bonner Springs, 38; Lansing, 38; Eudora, 26; Santa Fe Trail, 21; and Jefferson West, 17.
Even one of those three made the difference Monday. Knight returned and helped lead BHS to the team title with 134 points. That topped Ottawa's 100, 71 from Silver Lake, Topeka Hayden's 50, 40 from St. Mary's, 23 by Pleasant Ridge, 16 from Drexel and 11 from Wentworth Academy.
"It was a good chance to do some different things since everything was relays," said Spielman of Monday's win. "It was hard, too, since we had the meet on Friday. We were a little sore."
For Ted Zuzzio, head BHS girls coach, there were good signs of what's to come further along in the season.
"We had a few outstanding performances and overall competed like it was the first track meet of the season," Zuzzio said of Friday's BIT. "Megan Noonan, Melanie Pelot, Shawna Trarbach and Janae Nuspl had the best days on the track, while Casey Millstein had a nice jump in the triple jump.
Paola won the meet with 95 points, followed by: Santa Fe Trail, 78; Lansing, 76; Baldwin, 60; JC Harmon, 53; Jefferson West, 47.5; Tonganoxie, 31; Wellsville, 29.5; Perry-Lecompton, 29; and Bonner Springs, 20.
"We don't like to get in any great meet shape until the middle of the season," said Zuzzio. "I liked our competitive spirit and we'll improve as each meet rolls along."
On Monday, Topeka Hayden won the relays with 126 points, followed by: Baldwin, 69; Drexel, 65; Silver Lake, 60; St. Mary's 51; Pleasant Ridge, 29; and Ottawa, 20.
Top individual finishers Friday for the boys were: Matt Noonan, first in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs (4:36.46 and 10:21.57); Eric Brown, second in the javelin (175-3); Cole Gladhart, third in the 3,200 (10:45.69); Eric Black, third in the 110-meter high hurdles (17.1) and the high jump (5-10); and Taylor Reed, third in the pole vault (11-6).
For the girls, top finishers were: Megan Noonan, first in the 3,200 (11:51.4) and second in the 1,600 (5:36.66); Nuspl, second in the 100-meter hurdles (17.15); Pelot, third in the 100-meter dash (13.5) and 200-meter dash (28.41); Trarbach, second in the 800-meter run (2:41.86); and Millstein, third in the triple jump (31-0.25).
Monday's first-place finishers were: Jared Coble, 2,000-meter steeplechase (41.22); boys 4x100 relay throwers; boys 4x1,600 relay; boys distance medley; Knight, high jump (6-0) and long jump (19-1); Adam Turk, pole vault (9-6); Brown, javelin (170-1); Nuspl, 100 hurdles (17.98); girls 800 sprint medley; and Millstein, high jump (4-8).
Second-place finishers were: boys 4x100 relay; boys 4x200 relay; boys 4x800 relay; Millstein 100 hurdles; girl 4x100 relay throwers; girls 4x100 relay; and Troy Parks, steeplechase. Third-place finishers were: girls 4x1,600 relay; Millstein, triple jump; boys 4x1,600 relay; boys 800 sprint medley; boys distance medley; Joe Brown, pole vault; Bo Donora, long jump; and Hugh Murphy, discus.
The meet features "relays" in all events where the top finishers in each event are really figured by a school's top finishers. For example, Baldwin High won boys javelin with Brown's first-place finish, Brett Myrick's fifth-place and Murphy's sixth-place. Their combined distance won the event. All events are scored that way in the Baker relays.