Brown leads BHS girls to eighth
Although they didn't bring home a state title like the boys, the Baldwin High School girls track team still had a good showing at the State Track and Field Championships over the weekend.
The BHS girls finished eighth with 20 points. Pratt won the title. But the Bulldogs didn't come home with a first freshman Emily Brown won the high jump event with a leap of 5-4. Brown was easily the leader of the pack.
"We lined up and competed," said coach Ted Zuzzio. "It was what it was supposed to be the best of the best in the state.
"Emily Brown came up big in the high jump," said Zuzzio. "She came up with two big jumps. She didn't get 5-2 until her third jump. She went from down in the cellar to the lead dog."
Brown cleared 5-4 on her second attempt before attempting 5-6. She didn't make that height, but had won the title and left her something to shoot for in the future.
"Our school record is 5-6, and that's my goal," said Brown. "My third attempt was really close. It looks like that is within my reach in the next couple of years."
Also winning medals for the Bulldogs were freshman Rachel Miles in the 400-meter dash, senior Megan Noonan in the 3,200-meter run and the 4x100-meter relay team of Leah Clay, Miles, Erica Johnson and Melanie Pelot.
Miles was third in the 400 with a school record time of 59.19. Noonan was fifth in the 3,200 with a 11:38.06 clocking, her personal best. The 4x100 squad broke the old record with a time of 52.06.
"Miles broke the record in the 400. That's great," said Zuzzio. "Noonan ran her fastest time this year. It was just a quality meet. She did her best. Erica Ogle had her PR in the two mile (11:59.54, good for seventh).
"It was a great meet," he said. "It was a pretty great weekend."
What also made it a great weekend was the support the Bulldogs, both the boys and girls, received.
"We had a lot of nice people come down and support us," said Zuzzio. "It's always good to see the parents, grandparents and all the others."
They weren't disappointed, either.
"It was a quality meet," he said. "Every kid, both boys and girls, competed exceptionally well."