BHS tracksters open with titles
Baldwin High School opened the track season Friday with a bang, as both teams won team championships in the 36th Annual Baldwin Invitational Track Meet.
The BHS boys won by 21 points, while the girls literally ran away from the field, easily winning by 71 points. And, there were enough gold medals won by individual Bulldogs to build a statue.
"For the first meet, we had an amazing day," said girls coach Ted Zuzzio. "We're excited and happy. I thought we'd win by 20, but nothing like that. We had a great meet overall."
Boys coach Mike Spielman always stays low key in the beginning of seasons, but even he saw plenty to be happy about.
"It went real well for us," said Spielman. "We're just trying to figure out where we are and we saw some good things out there."
The BHS boys scored 118 points to best second-place Lansing, which had 97. Other finishes were Eudora (85), J.C. Harmon (68), Wellsville (50), Santa Fe Trail (49), Bonner Springs (43), Paola (16), Jefferson County West (26) and Perry-Lecompton (15).
The BHS girls dominated in scoring 153 points, to Perry-Lecompton's second-place showing of 82. Other scores were Paola (66), Jeff West (54), Wellsville (53), Bonner Springs (50), Lansing (45), SFT (38) and Eudora (nine).
"We scored in every event except pole vault," said Zuzzio. "We had two seniors who had awesome days Megan Noonan and Melanie Pelot. We had some instant impact with newcomers, too."
Noonan won both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. Pelot was second in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Other first-place finishers included freshmen Emily Brown in the high jump, Rachel Miles in the 800 and Kalie Harris in the 100-meter high hurdles. Brown also took second in the long jump and third in the triple jump. Two other freshmen also had big high school openers as Erica Ogle was second in the 3,200 behind Noonan and Leah Clay was third in the 200 and fourth in the 400. Another freshman, Jamie Lawrenz, was fourth in the 100 hurdles and fifth in the 300 hurdles.
Other top finishes included junior Casey Millstein, second in the 100 hurdles, third in high jump and fourth in triple jump; the 4x100 relay team was second; the 4x100 throwers relay was first (unopposed); the 4x400 squad was third; the 4x800 team was second; Kristen Seele and Lindsay Gastelum tied for sixth in the shot put; Gastelum was fifth in the discus; and Amanda Flory was fifth in the javelin.
"We had great effort," said Zuzzio. "It was a pretty good opener."
On the boys side, BHS dominated the long distance running events and throwing events as expected, but there were some surprises. Junior Tyler Inzer was second in the 100 and senior Evan Durnal was third in the 200. Another freshman, Andrew Hannon, also came through with a second-place finish in the high jump.
"Tyler and Evan both had good meets and so did Andy," said Spielman. "It was a big PR (personal record) for Evan. We knew the distance runners and throwers would be there, but it was good to see the sprints and jumpers come through."
Topping the long-distance domination was junior Matt Noonan who won both the 1,600 and 3,200. Junior Glenn Stansberry was second in the 800 and fellow junior Hans Broers was sixth. In the steeple chase, it was a pair of freshmen scoring points. Edd Stansberry was third and Phil Wagner was fifth.
In the weight events, junior Hugh Murphy led the way, finishing first in the shot put and second in both the discus and javelin. Another junior, Eric Brown, won the javelin. Also in the field events, Joe Brown was third in the pole vault. Wesley Broyles was fifth in the javelin.
The track teams will be off this week and return to action April 10 at the Baker Relays.