Track Club Marches Through Manhattan
As the summer progresses and track meets get closer to the national meet, competition is supposed to become better. This past weekend the Baldwin Track Club disproved that theory, as almost all of the athletes placed the same or higher than at the previous meet.
Only two athletes that made the trip to Manhattan were unable to place in the top four and move on the Region 8 Meet this upcoming weekend at the Blue Valley Sports Complex.
"There were a lot of athletes that performed well and moved on to the region," said coach Mike Spielman. "It was a hot day with a soft track, but there were several strong performances."
The team won 13 events and 17 athletes placed in the top four to move on to the next meet.
Eric Black collected gold medals like a blood-thirsty pirate, winning all four events that he competed in. Black was victorious in the 110-meter high hurdles (16.67), 800-meter run (2:05.30), high jump (6-0), and he anchored the champion 3,200-meter relay team with teammates Drew Moreno, Levi Butler and Edd Stansberry.
"Eric really rebounded from a bad meet last week," said coach Angie Spielman. "His six-foot high jump was good to see."
Megan Noonan and Dakota Criqui each had two wins and a second place finish. Noonan coasted through the 3,000 (11:42.54) and 1,500 (5:32.98) with little trouble. She teamed up with Melanie Pelot, Shawna Trarbach and Beth Woodbridge in the 3,200 relay and earned a silver medal. Criqui continued his summer of dominance breaking the tape in the 3,000 (10:15.84) and 1,500 (4:42.05). He also placed second in the 800 (2:12.79).
Danielle McNaney and Moreno had solid days by qualifying in three events. McNaney won the high jump (5-0), placed third in the 100 hurdles (15.83) and fourth in the 400 hurdles (1:09.69). Moreno flew to first place in the 400 (51.84), placed fourth in the 100 (11.38) and was a member of the previously mentioned 3,200 relay.
Matt Noonan and Hugh Murphy were double qualifiers at the meet. Noonan won the 1500 (4:19.85), and placed second in the 800 (2:00.23). Murphy placed third in both the javelin (143-3.2) and the shot put (45-2).
Olivia Catloth and Maurissa Shaffer won their individual events. Catloth out jumped the competition in the high jump (3-10) and Shaffer outran the competition in the 800 (2:51.81). The two girls also teamed up with Hannah Harris and Sarah Hinton to place third in the 400 relay.
The other two qualifiers for the team were Angie Heffner in the 400 hurdles and Corey Martinez in the 2,000 steeple chase. Heffner placed fourth (17.31) and Martinez moved on by default because Manhattan did not have the proper facilities for a steeple chase race.
The Region 8 track meet is the next stop on the road to nationals for the Baldwin Track Club. It will be held at the Blue Valley sports complex, and world-renowned track promoter David Ramsey will be in charge of the meet.