BHS girls track team talented, too
Baldwin High School's girls track team is looking forward to an excellent season with many returning athletes and quite a few new faces. Coached by Baldwin Junior High School physical education teacher Ted Zuzzio, in his 25th year as head coach, the team is assured success.
One of the many new faces this year is sixth grade teacher T.J. Turner, a throws coach. He was an excellent thrower for Kansas State University for four years and looks forward to helping the team.
"We have a young group. There are no senior throwers. But I think we'll be successful and place high in state. We have a chance to win it," said Turner.
The team this year is made up of six seniors, 11 juniors, six sophomores, and 15 freshmen.
"There are several freshmen that will make an instant impact in the area, conference (Frontier League) and state. There are also some new faces in the upper classes," said Zuzzio.
Two returning seniors are expected to be team leaders. Megan Noonan is a returning state champion in both cross country and the outdoor two-mile, and Melanie Pelot is a league champion sprinter.
"I'm excited with the numbers we have this year," said Noonan. "We've got a lot of talent and a lot of depth and I think that will make a very good season."
There are also four girls back who scored at the league meet last year. Junior Casey Millstein scored in both the high jump and the triple jump.
"I adore track. Not only track, but track season," said Millstein. "The weather is so wonderful, it just makes me happy thinking about it. I am very excited about my personal season. I think I have a lot of challenges to look forward to."
Junior Amanda Flory scored at league in the javelin throw, sophomore Erica Johnson scored in the relays and sophomore Becky Weaver scored in the triple jump.
"I think we'll have a great year. Even though we lost a few seniors, pretty much everybody is back," said Johnson.
"The seniors are going to make good leaders and the freshmen are going to make a good attribute to the team because they have a lot of talent," said Flory.
The team's first chance to show their stuff will be at the Baldwin Invitational Tournament on Saturday, March 30, at 3:30 p.m.