Baldwin Track Club cleans up at state
Hays The Baldwin Track Club traveled to Hays this past weekend to compete in the AAU State meet. Forty athletes were in the caravan and 23 of them qualified for the next competition by placing in the top four.
"It was good for the younger kids to see that there was competition outside of the Baldwin area," said coach Angie Spielman. "We ran well, and had many personal bests."
The high school athletes led the way with 14 qualifying in either the in the intermediate or young men and women's age groups.
Danielle McNaney had a big day qualifying in four individual events. McNaney won the 400-meter hurdles (1:06.30) and the high jump (5-6), finished second in the 100 high hurdles (15.34) and third in the triple jump (33-3).
Eric Black qualified in three individual events with a first in the 800-meter run (2:07.07), and placed second in both the 100 hurdles (16.75) and high jump (5-8). Black also ran on the first place 3,200-meter relay with teammates Levi Butler, Drew Moreno and Edd Stansberry.
Hugh Murphy brought home hardware in three events. He won the shot put (45-11.5) and the javelin (158-4) and placed fourth in the discus (121-3).
Megan Noonan and Drew Moreno qualified in two individual races and one relay. Noonan continued her winning ways with first-place finishes in the 3,000 (11:32.23), 1,500 (5:17.95) and in the 3,200-meter relay with teammates Shawna Trarbach, Beth Woodbridge and Melanie Pelot. Along with being on the winning 3,200 intermediate team, Moreno won the 400 (52.28), placed second in the 100 hurdles (11.33).
Matt Noonan qualified in two events, winning the 1,500 (4:07.54) and placing second in the 800 (2:04.03)
Single event qualifiers in the two older age groups were Wesley Broyles, third in the javelin (146-6); Lindsay Gastelum, fourth in the discus (85-2); Angie Heffner finished third in the 100 hurdles (16.02); Corey Martinez placed second in the steeplechase (7:54.43); and Becky Weaver finished second in the triple jump (29-6.75).
In the younger age groups Dakota Criqui continued to run well qualifying in three events with a first in the 1,500 (4:39.9), second in the 800 (2:14.80) and third in the 3000 (10:34.32).
Hannah Sigvaldson qualified in the 1,500 with a second-place finish (7:17.01) and a fourth-place finish in the 800 (3:34.46). She also was a member of the qualifying bantam girls 400 relay team with Hannah Harris, Sarah Hinton and Olivia Catloth.
Catloth and Nate Thiesfeld were the other individual qualifiers for the BTC. Catloth finished third in the high jump (3-6) and Thiesfeld finished fourth in the 1,500 (4:45.00).
"We were able into make it into the finals with all of our relays," said coach Mike Spielman. "They didn't all qualify, but it was an accomplishment to get into the finals."
The two relays teams that made it into the finals both placed sixth. The Midget girls team consisted of Monica Day, Danielle Hanson, Marie Ruona and Katie Sigvaldson. The Midget boys team was made up of Brett Butler, Paul Minor, Matt Myers and Samuel Pippert. Both teams ran faster times in the finals, but were unable to qualify for the next meet.
"There were a lot of personal bests," said Angie Spielman. "Many of the kids that didn't qualify still ran the best they had all season. They should be proud of that."
Athletes that finished fifth to just miss qualifying were Gastelum in the discus, Angie Heffner in the pole vault and Ruona in the high jump.
Sixth-place finishers were Levi Butler in both the 400 hurdles and 800, Noah Hoelscher in the 200 and Amber Stroup in the pole vault.
Over 1200 athletes competed in the meet.
The next AAU meet for the BTC will be the Missouri Valley Meet this weekend in Manhattan.