BHS track doubles up at Woodman
Two meets, four trophies and scads of medals. Not a bad week for the Baldwin High School track teams.
"It was a monster week," said BHS girls coach Ted Zuzzio. "You ought to see the trophies. They're huge. They're like bookends."
On Tuesday, in Baldwin City, both the BHS boys and girls took the Baker Relay titles amid thunderstorms. But that wasn't the biggest prize by a long shot. On Thursday, the Bulldogs traveled to Wichita and came away with the team titles at the K.T. Woodman Track Meet. Now that really meant something.
"When both teams win, that's outstanding," said Zuzzio. "As a coach, you couldn't be happier for how they competed. It was a major happy day.
"We won 18 medals at Woodman, which is outstanding" he said. "We've been going there for years and were lucky to have someone win two medals. We had people win three."
The BHS girls had won the Woodman title back in 1996, but they put the field away with 61 points this time around. Their nearest competitors were Circle and Hesston high schools with 47 points. In a field of 21 teams, that's a lot.
For the BHS boys, it was their first Woodman title. The Bulldogs cranked out 60 points to Concordia's 52. Although pleased, boys coach Mike Spielman down played the accomplishment in his usual fashion. He looks more towards the Frontier League, regional and state titles as accomplishments.
"It was a pretty good week for us," said Spielman. "We're just trying to feel out where we're at. The important three meets are at the end of season, but it's nice to win."
It certainly was nice for the individual champions at the Woodman meet. The Noonans, Matt and Megan, dominated the long-distance events again. Matt won both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter events. Megan was first in the 3,200 and second in the 1,600.
But there was another brother-sister combination that really stood out. Eric Brown won the javelin and sister Emily Brown won the high jump both in personal best performances. Eric threw the javelin 207-4 to become only the fourth BHS thrower in history to cross the 200-foot mark. Emily's 5-4 leap in the high jump was her best, too.
"The Brown girl wins the high jump with the best she's ever done," said Zuzzio. "That's followed by Eric with a 207-4 throw. It was great."
This time, even Spielman agreed.
"That was the big one," he said of Eric's throw. "That and Emily's 5-4 in the high jump."
But that foursome didn't represent all the points scored by BHS by a long shot. There was Hugh Murphy finishing third in the javelin behind Brown, as well as fourth in both the shot put and discus. There was Rachel Miles taking third in the 800-meter run. There was Erica Ogle finishing fourth in the 1,600 and fifth in the 3,200. Melanie Pelot was sixth in the 200-meter dash and seventh in 100.
It doesn't end there, either. Eric Black was fifth in the 800 and 110-meter high hurdles. Black did one better in the high jump with a fourth-place finish. Kalie Harris helped with a fifth in the 100-meter high hurdles and an eighth in the 300-meter low hurdles. Casey Millstein turned in a fourth-place finish in the girls triple jump. Evan Durnal helped the boys with an eighth-place finish in the 200-meter dash. Bo Donora did the same in the long jump.
There was plenty of relay-team help, too, where the girls finished third in the 4x100, second in the 4x800 and eighth in the 4x400. The boys were second in the 4x800, sixth in the 4x100 and seventh in the 4x400.
It was a great day and a great week for the BHS squad. But, Spielman put it in perspective.
"There were 23 Class 4A and 3A schools there and some of them were the best," he said of the Woodman wins. "It is a pretty good accomplishment to win it, but even if we hadn't we had a lot of kids show improvements with times and distances."
Part of the BHS squad will be competing in the University of Kansas Relays Friday. The rest will be at the Eudora meet. Results from both the Baker and Woodman meets can be found elsewhere in the Signal Sports Section.