BHS tracksters first, second at BIT
There was a one-two finish to open the track season for Baldwin High at the 37th Baldwin Invitational Tournament Thursday. The BHS girls finished first, while the boys were second.
"We were pretty excited about winning the first meet of the year and our freshmen through seniors competed well," said BHS girls coach Ted Zuzzio. "I wasn't anticipating that. I still haven't figured it out yet.
"We know we're just at a starting spot," said Zuzzio. "With Paola here, I thought we'd have to settle for second or third."
BHS had 109 points to easily outdistance second-place Perry-Lecompton, which had 89. Jefferson West was third with 87 points, followed by Santa Fe Trail (54), Paola (51), Bonner Springs (48), Anderson County (42), Lansing (41), Eudora (35), Wellsville (27) and Basehor-Linwood (23).
Lansing won the boys' division with 115 points, with BHS second with 96, followed by Santa Fe Trail (69), Bonner Springs (65.5), Perry-Lecompton (64.5), Paola (49), Anderson County (43), Basehor-Linwood (41), Jefferson West (40), Eudora (33) and Wellsville (29).
"We got off to a good start," said BHS boys coach Mike Spielman. "We got our feet wet and got to see what's out there. We had some kids dinged up and they didn't compete in everything.
"This early in the season, we don't take any chances," said Spielman. "These early meets don't mean much compared to the ones at the end of the season."
There were numerous first-place finishers for BHS, including double long-distance champs and sibling javelin gold medalists. Senior Matt Noonan and sophomore Erica Ogle won both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. Senior Eric Brown and sophomore sister Emily Brown both won their brackets of the javelin.
Noonan turned in times of 4:28.4 in the 1,600 and 10:04.57 in the 3,200, while Ogle cranked out times of 5:56.48 and 12:47.25. Noonan dominated both events, while Ogle's 3,200 victory was easy, too. Eric Brown threw 197-5 to win by 14 feet and Emily Brown tossed it 107-2 to win by 16 feet.
Other first-place finishers were Jamie Lawrenz in the pole vault (7-6), Eric Black in the 110-meter hurdles (15.83) and Hugh Murphy in the shot put (46-10). Murphy was also second in the javelin at 183-0. Rachel Miles finished second in the 400-meter dash with a 1:06.07 clocking. Casey Millstein was second in the triple jump at 31-5.5. The boys 4x800-meter relay of Zach Towns, Hans Broers, Jonathan Strong and Glen Stansberry was second at 8:35.27.
Finishing third were: Lawrenz, 100-meter hurdles (18.42); and the 4x800 relay team of Ogle, Abby Hofmeier, Missy Westgate and Miles (10:57.33); Millstein, high jump (5-0).
The top fourth-place finish of note was from sophomore Phil Wagner who ran a personal-best 10:47.89, shaving nine seconds off his previous best time. Other fourth-place finishers were: Leah Clay, 200-meter dash (1:06.07); Edd Stansberry, steeple chase (7:35.94); the 4x100-meter relay team of Micah Mason, Brian Lauridsen, Yancy Richards and Tyler Inzer (45.58); and Black, long jump (20-9).
Next meet for both teams will be Tuesday at the Baker Relays in Baldwin. On April 12, selected members of the team will compete in the K.T. Woodman Classic in Wichita.