BHS boys second, girls sixth at league track meet
It was a gallant effort, but in the end the Baldwin High School boys' track team fell short at the Frontier League meet and finished second. For the BHS girls, it was an end to five straight years as league champs as they finished sixth.
On the boys' side, Louisburg won its second straight league title with 147 points to Baldwin High's 116. Wellsville was again third with 95 points, followed by: Paola, 89; Eudora, 42; Gardner-Edgerton, 41; Anderson County, 14; Osawatomie, 12; Prairie View, 2; and Spring Hill, 0.
"I was real happy," said coach Mike Spielman. "We went out and competed well. Louisburg just had a good day. We did what we thought we would and they happened to be a little better.
"It was a repeat of last year when they took first and we were second," said Spielman. "They are a senior-laden group, so that will be good for us next year."
For the girls, Paola finished ahead of the field with 116 points, followed by: Louisburg, 84; Wellsville, 81; Gardner, 76; Osawatomie, 71.3; Baldwin, 55.3; Prairie View, 26; Anderson County, 25; Eudora, 14; and Spring Hill, 9.3.
"As a team, performances were not as strong this season and we didn't have the league finish we were looking for," said coach Ted Zuzzio. "We didn't have the glossy finish we've had in the past. We just didn't have the horses.
"We had one league champion that was Megan Noonan in the two mile," said Zuzzio. "We also had a couple of seconds Noonan in the mile and Janae Nuspl in the long jump."
The boys also had some headliners.
"Our conference champions were Matt Noonan in three events and Eric Black in the hurdles," said Spielman. "Plus, Ben Cosman set a school record in the triple jump. He had a big day for us in the jumps with strong finishes in the long jump and high jump, too."
Megan Noonan's title came with a time of 12:17.22 in the 3,200-meter run. Her second-place time in the 1,600-meter run was 5:43.59. Nuspl, who was long jumping for the first time in two years, went 14-10.75 for second place and was less than two inches from first.
Matt Noonan won the 800- (2:02.0), 1,600- (4:41.84) and 3,200-meter (10:22.19) races for the triple gold-winning performance. Black's victory came in the high hurdles with a time of 15.62. Cosman was second in the high jump (6-2) and triple jump (44-0.5), and was third in the long jump (20-1). Cosman broke his own triple jump record which had been 43-6.75.
Other third-place performances were turned in by: Eric Brown, javelin, 171-7; Black, intermediate hurdles, 42.13; Cole Gladhart, 3,200, 10:37.33; Nuspl, high hurdles, 16.26; and Casey Millstein, triple jump, 32-4.
Finishing fourth were: Black, high jump; Taylor Reed, 100- and 400-meter dash; the boys' 4x100-meter relay team; Ashley Taul, javelin; Millstein, high jump; the girls' 4x100 relay; and the girls' 4x800-meter relay. Fifth-place finishers were: Bo Donora, long jump; Reed, pole vault; Sam McCall, 800; and Jimmy Gillispie, 3,200. Finishing sixth were: Jared Coble, 1,600; Tyler Inzer, 100 and 200; Glen Stansberry, 800; Becky Weaver, triple jump; and Melanie Pelot, 100 and 200.
Now it's onto regionals, which are scheduled for Friday at Tonganoxie, which was hit by a tornado last week. So far, the meet is still on. Field events start at 3 p.m., preliminaries at 4:30 p.m. and finals are at 5:45 p.m.
"From what I hear, the high school and middle school didn't get hit," Spielman said of the tornado damage. "The track itself should be all right. It's pretty late in the game to get it moved."
They'll be ready to run, etc., when Friday rolls around.
"We just want to get as many people qualified for state as we can," he said.
"We've got 15 people going to regionals," said Zuzzio. "We'll see how many kids we can qualify for state. That's our next goal."