Seven tracksters set for nationals
Liberty, Mo. Nine Baldwin Track Club athletes braved the hot and humid conditions at William Jewell College over the weekend for the USA Track and Field Region 9 track meet in order to earn an invitation to the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics.
"We were able to have seven athletes place in the top three," said coach Mike Spielman. "Considering the heat, all nine of the athletes did a great job."
The multi-events were held on Thursday and Friday. Eric Black, Angie Heffner, Katelyn Miles and Matt Noonan all won their age division in the multi-events.
In the open events, Black came back after two days in the decathlon and qualified in three individual events. He placed first in the 800-meter run with a strong 2:03.83. Black earned a silver medal in the 110 high-hurdles (15.94) and was able to save enough for a third place in the high-jump (5-7.75).
Hugh Murphy continued to launch the shot put with a first-place throw of 47-3 in the event. He also placed second in the javelin (141-7). Teammate Wesley Broyles placed second in the young men's javelin with a toss of 121-7.
The young women's pole vault competition was close throughout, as Heffner ended up placing second with jump of 11-3.75.
In the 2,000-meter steeple chase, Corey Martinez coasted through the race as the only competitor, and ran well for the conditions with a time of 7:47.90.
Clare Miles had two personal bests 15 seconds in he 800 (3:16.5) and 25 seconds in the 1,500-meter run (6:33.43) which were good for fifth and fourth place, respectively, in the bantam girls age group. Levi Butler also ran one his best times of the summer in the intermediate boys 800 (2:13.29) to place fifth.
Nationals will be held from July 25-29 in Buffalo, New York. Heffner, Black and Martinez have made plans, along with coach Angie Spielman, to make the trip.