Noonan, BHS track squads keep rolling
For the Baldwin High School track team, it was a week with competition swings easy at Spring Hill, stiff at Girard and there was another record for Matt Noonan.
The BHS boys easily won the Spring Hill meet with 115 points, to Osawatomie's 28 and Spring Hill's 17. It was a little closer for the BHS girls, who scored 74 points to better Osawatomie's 47 and Spring Hill's 33. At Girard, the boys finished third with 88.5 points, behind Pittsburg's 105 and Fort Scott's 102. The girls were sixth with 63 points, but that wasn't too far behind first-place Fort Scott's 87. There were 19 teams entered at Girard.
Then there was Noonan's record. A week after breaking the 3,200-meter record, the sophomore long-distance specialist added the 1,600-meter school record to his belt. Noonan's time of 4:24.78 topped Eric North's old mark of 4:27.7 set way back in 1975. His coach, Mike Spielman, knew Noonan would get the record, but there were a few surprises.
"No, I wasn't surprised that he got it," said Spielman. "But it kind of was a surprise because he did it on his own. There wasn't much competition to push him.
"But he also broke the two-minute mark in the 800. That's a big deal," he said.
Also interesting was Noonan's take on the record.
"Actually, it was a lot more satisfying because this one was held by a friend of my dads who he ran with in college," Noonan said. "I was really pumped before the race. I knew what I had to do. After the first lap, it was just me."
Noonan hadn't run the 800-meters yet this year, so his time of 1:59.49 was new territory. His 1,600 record was good for first place, while the 800 time was good for third. They were just some of the good times and distances turned in by both squads.
"We competed very well," said Spielman. "I was very happy. Everyone was running at their PRs or under. The whole week for the guys was good we're starting to come around, bringing times down and getting ready for what's on down the road with league, regionals and state."
Likewise, girls' coach Ted Zuzzio was pleased by his team's performance.
"Down at Girard we had a great day," said Zuzzio. "It was good competition and we had several season bests. We brought home 21 medals. It was a great day for track and we had some good performances.
"Ashley Taul in the javelin, Erica Johnson in the 400, Shawna Trarbach and Megan Noonan in the 800 all had they're bests of the year," he said. "Noonan had a big trip. She won the two mile, was second in the mile and fourth in the 800."
He also pointed to the performance of the 4x100-meter relay team which turned in a time of 52.7. The team consists of Johnson, Liz Stockdale, Janae Nuspl and Melanie Pelot.
"They're closing in the school record," said Zuzzio.
The other first-place finish at Girard came from junior triple jumper Ben Cosman who went 42-3. Eric Brown was second in the javelin at 180-3.5. Eric Black was third in the high jump (5-10) and the 100-meter high hurdles (16.73) and fourth in the 100-meter high hurdles (16.73). Hugh Murphy was third in the shot put (47.4) and fourth in the javelin (158-7). The 3,200-meter relay team finished second (8:23.08), the 400-meter relay team was third (44.9) and the 1,600-meter relay team was fifth (3:35.96).
Also scoring points were: Bo Donora, eighth in both the long jump and high jump; Cole Gladhart, fourth in the 3,200; Jimmy Gillispie, seventh in the 3,200; and Jared Coble, eighth in the 1,600.
Placements for the girls were: Nuspl, third, 100 hurdles; Jody Young, fifth, 100 hurdles; Casey Millstein, fourth, high jump, and fifth, triple jump; Taul, sixth, javelin; Pelot, fifth, 200, and seventh, 100; Beth Woodbridge, sixth, 1,600; and Johnson, seventh, 400.
At Spring Hill, there were top placers aplenty, including numerous sweeps. The BHS boys swept the 200 with Evan Durnal, first, Tyler Inzer, second, and Donora, third; the 3,200 with C. Gladhart, first, Gillispie, second, and Brayton Gladhart, third; the 1,600 with Noonan, first, Glen Stansberry, second, and Coble, third; and the discus with Murphy, first, Zach Good, second, and Brown, third.
There were also several first and second finishes: Cosman and Black in the high jump; Donora and Cosman in the long jump; Brown and Murphy in the javelin; and Taylor Reed and Inzer in the 100. Murphy was first in the shot put and Good, third.
Finishing first were: Cosman, triple jump; Black 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles; Coble, 1,600; and Sam McCall, 400.
"There were only three teams and we had a few more numbers," said Spielman.
The girls didn't have any clean sweeps, but they were close. Nuspl was first in the 100 hurdles, Young was third; the same was true for Noonan and Ashley Abel in the 1,600, and Noonan and Nicki Frerking in the 3,200; and Pelot and Stockdale managed the same in the 200. Pelot and Stockdale were second and third, respectively, in the 100; Kristen Seele and Amanda Flory did the same in the shot put.
Other finishers were: Millstein, second, high jump; Johnson, third, long jump; Taul, third, javelin; Schenewek, third, 400; Young, third, 300 hurdles; and Woodbridge, third, 800.