Track club qualifies 11 for nationals
The Baldwin Track Club continued its summer of quality meets as 11 members of the team qualified for nationals by finishing in the top three of the AAU Region 8 meet this weekend.
"Everyone performed well," said coach Mike Speilman. "For the most part they were able to overcome the muggy temperatures and compete to their potential."
The multi-events were the first competition of the meet on Thursday and Friday.
Eric Black and Maurissa Shaffer were the top performers for the BTC. Black won six of the individual events on his way to placing first overall in the intermediate boy's decathalon. Shaffer won all three events in the bantam girls triathalon and outscored second place by more than 100 points.
Danielle McNaney placed second and Angie Heffner finished third in the the young women's heptathalon. Kateyln and Rachel Miles both finished fifth in their age groups of the pentathalon.
The individual events were held on Saturday and Sunday.
Hugh Murphy had one of the best performances on the team as he almost launched the shot put into orbit with a throw of 49-2.5. His throw placed him first and was a 19-inch personal best. Murphy also placed second in the javelin with a throw of 149-6.
Dakota Criqui, the prodigy from Pomona, qualified for three events winning the 1,500-meter run (4:43.69), taking second in the 3,000-meters (10:01.05) and was third in the 800-meter run (2:13.04).
Megan Noonan remained undefeated this summer in the 3,000, coasting to an eight-second victory (11:11.58). She also finished second in the 1,500 (5:16.03).
Drew Moreno was the other first-place finisher. He flew around the track in the 400-meter dash in an outstanding time of 50.72.
After competing in the multi-events, Black and McNaney each had two second-place finishes. Black earned his silvers in the 800 (2:03.43) and the 100-meter hurdles (16.68). McNaney was second in the 400 hurdles (1:08.03) and the high jump (5-4).
Shaffer was another second-place finisher for the BTC. She earned silver in the 800 (2:51.47).
Of the three relay teams competing in the meet, the intermediate boys 3,200 relay team consisting of Edd Stansberry, Levi Butler, Black and Moreno was the only team to qualify, placing third (8:56.16).
Other athletes qualifying for nationals by placing third were Matt Noonan in the 1,500 (4:18.27), Corey Martinez in the 2,000 steeple chase (7:26.53) and Olivia Catloth in the high jump (3-10).
Athletes qualifying for nationals can reply, "Now that I've won, I'm going to Disney World." Nationals will be held in Orlando at the Walt Disney World Sports Complex.