BHS boys soar to Frontier League track title
Experience and leadership have brought yet another tremendous victory to the Baldwin High School Bulldogs. The boys track team combined their strength and attitudes and succeeded to bring home another Frontier League championship title as well as two league record-breaking times Thursday at Gardner-Edgerton High.
The boys took the spotlight with 144 points, winning first of 10 teams and placing 13 of 18 events.
"We just went out to win," junior Glen Stansberry said. "It was just a lot of fun."
The Bulldogs have been pulling ahead to become the leaders of area track competitions. The Lawrence Journal-World published a pre-meet story Thursday, stating Baldwin was favored in the competition. The preview, written by sports editor Chuck Woodling, included comments made by head track coach Dave Durkin of Eudora High School.
"Baldwin, in my mind, is the team to beat," Durkin said.
The team met the expectation with flying colors. Members of the team felt it was the result of an outstanding group effort.
"I personally did a lot better than I expected," senior Evan Durnal said. "The team, as a whole, did great. We put together lots of points. All events contended greatly."
"We had a good mix of sprinting, distance and throwing," junior Tyler Inzer said.
Two junior distance runners succeeded to break the league record in the 800-meter run. Matt Noonan, last year's league champion of the 800, the 1,600- and the 3,200-meters, and Eric Black accomplished the feat. Black placed first in the event and Noonan came into a close second with a difference of only one tenth of a second.
"I thought we had a real solid meet," head coach Mike Spielman said. "Everyone competed to their ability. No one had a bad meet, so that helped us out. We did a good job of helping each other and pulling for each other (in the events)."
Other Frontier League results were: junior Hugh Murphy, first in javelin, fist in shot put; junior Eric Brown, second in javelin; senior Wesley Broyles, sixth in javelin; freshman Andy Hannon, second in long jump, fourth in high jump; senior Bo Donora, fifth in long jump; freshman Micah Mason, sixth in long jump; junior Witt Hinton, fifth in shot put; junior Eric Black, second in high jump, first in 110-meter hurdles, first in 800-meter run; junior Tyler Inzer, third in 100-meter dash, sixth in 200-meter dash; junior Matt Noonan, first in 1,600-meter run, first in 3,200-meter run, second in 800-meter run; freshman Ed Stansberry, sixth in 1,600-meter run; senior Evan Durnal, second in 200-meter dash; junior Glen Stansberry, third in 3,200-meter run; 4 x 800-meter relay team of G. Stansberry, Durnal, freshman Jonathan Strong and junior Hans Broers placed first; 4 x 400 meter-relay team of Durnal, Hannon, Donora and Noonan placed third; 4x100-meter relay team of Mason, Durnal, Donora and Inzer placed third.
The Bulldogs hope for another victory this Friday at regionals in Tonganoxie at 3 p.m.
"From now until regionals, we're going to taper down and try to run a little faster," Spielman said.