Noonan nets record with two-mile performance
It was just a matter of time before Matt Noonan started rewriting the Baldwin High School track records. That time arrived Friday at the Kansas University Relays where Baldwin tracksters recorded several firsts.
Noonan, a sophomore long-distance specialist, broke the two-mile record (3,200-meters) with a time of 9:38.62. The old record, set in 1994 by Buzzy Lambert, was 9:46.
"Oh, yea, it was just a matter time," said Mike Spielman, BHS track coach, on Noonan's assault on the record books. "When he got in the right race it was going to happen and he got in the right race."
Running against the best high school runners from around the region in all classifications made for a fast race. So fast that Noonan's record-breaking performance was only good for 12th place. Didn't matter, he was glad to get it done.
"It feels pretty good," said Noonan. "Actually, it was a really nice day when I got it. It was the best competition you could wish for."
Although he thought he'd eventually break the record, he had no time frame in mind.
"I had a good inkling," Noonan said. "I didn't expect it to come this quickly."
Of course he can't get too big a head around the house. His sister, Megan Noonan, also broke the school record in the two mile Friday. Megan Noonan covered the distance in 11:35.22, which broke the old mark of 11:44. Who's record was it? It was her own and, as just a junior, she's not through bettering the record by a long shot.
"I'd like to get it down into the 11:20s, so hopefully the record will go down a couple more times," said Megan Noonan.
And she's certainly not holding it over little brother's head that he finally joined her on the record board.
"I was pretty proud of him," she said. "He ran a good race and that's been his goal."
Those weren't the only records set by BHS runners Friday, either. The distance medley team turned in an 11:04.81 time to better the old mark of 11:13. The team and distances they ran are Eric Black (400 meters), Sam McCall (800), Cole Gladhart (1,200) and Matt Noonan (1,600).
And, while it wasn't a record, javelin thrower Eric Brown played into the day of firsts, too. The javelin throw was the first event Friday morning and Brown was the first thrower. With his toss of 174-8 he became the first high school athlete to compete in the KU Relays in the new millennium and the first since the relays restarted after a two-year absence because of Memorial Stadium construction.
"He was a little bit of history," said Spielman.
Brown's throw was good for eighth place, which was the best performance turned in by the Baldwin contingent. The other event BHS was in was the two mile relay, which was comprised of the same four as the medley relay, which finished 16th with a time of 8:23.20.
All-in-all, Spielman was pleased with the Baldwin High showing.
"Every single person performed their best in a big meet," he said. "All of them stepped up and performed really well."
On Thursday, the day before the KU Relays, BHS competed in the Eudora Cardinal Relays without those who qualified for the KU event. The BHS boys finished fourth and the girls fifth.
"We were four points out of second," said Spielman. "I thought we competed real well without our big guns, especially our sprinters and jumpers. It was nice to have Ben Cosman back. We also went four, five, six in the mile. The other kids really stepped it up."
Perry-Lecompton won the boys' side with 119 points, followed by Sabetha (83), Tonganoxie (81), BHS (79), Eudora (72), DeSoto (70), Kansas City Christian (26), Leavenworth Immaculata (14), Santa Fe Trail (10) and Basehor-Linwood (4).
On the girls' side, Sabetha ran away with the title with 177 points, followed by Perry-Lecompton (86), DeSoto (72), Tonganoxie (64), Baldwin (48), K.C. Christian (39), SFT (32), Eudora (26), Immaculata (8) and Basehor-Linwood (2).
Finishing first for BHS were: Janae Nuspl, 100-meter hurdles (16.68); the girls' 4x100-meter relay team (53.8); Cosman, triple jump (42-9.75); and Taylor Reed, pole vault (11-6). Second-place finishers were: Shawna Trarbach, 800 meters; Cosman, long jump; and the boys' 4x100 relay.
Third-place finishers were: Melanie Pelot, 100 and 200 meters; Evan Durnal, 200; and Hugh Murphy, shot put. Finishing fourth were: Jody Young, 100 hurdles; Reed, 100; Jared Coble, 800; Glen Stansberry, 1,600; Jimmy Gillispie, 3,200; Murphy, javelin; and the boys' 4x400 relay team.
Fifth-place finishers were: the girls' 4x400 relay; Coble, 1,600; and Bo Donora, high jump. Finishing sixth were: Young, long jump; girls' 4x800 relay; Tyler Inzer, 100; Casey Morford, 1,600; and Murphy, discus.
The BHS track teams were in action Tuesday at Spring Hill, but results weren't available by press time. They'll be on the road Friday for the Girard Invitational. That could be where Matt Noonan breaks the 1,600 record of 4:27.
"It might be Friday at Girard," he said. "The last couple of times I've run it (the 1,600) it's been after running the two-mile first and I've set personal records (4:35). This time I'll run the 1,600 first."
Again, it's just a matter of time.