BHS girls bring home 12th spot
At the state track and field meet at Wichita State University the Baldwin High School girls team continued to raise the bar like an always-improving high jumper as the Bulldogs had throughout the course of the 2002 season.
"The last four meets we just stepped it up each week," said coach Ted Zuzzio. "State performances were beyond our expectations."
After entering the Frontier League meet ranked fourth, the girls "jumped" even higher to win the meet. They followed the league win with a regional title that included five individual first place finishes, three more than the previous week.
At state the girls continued the trend, earning eight medals, setting two school records and scoring more points than the coaches had predicted.
"We had a big meet as far as the kids competing," said Zuzzio. "The way the girls went about it made this a very gratifying state meet. What they've accomplished is unbelievable."
The top points earner for the Bulldogs was sophomore Emily Brown. Brown improved on her school record in the javelin to finish fourth and jumped her way to a tie for third in the high jump.
"I wanted to repeat as champion in the high jump so that was a little disappointing," said Brown. "But the personal best in the javelin helped make up for the high jump."
The 400- and 3,200-meter relay teams showed strong improvement for the purple as well. The 400 relay, made up of junior Erica Johnson, sophomores Rachel Miles and Leah Clay, and freshman Kyliegh Garman set a school record in the rain during the preliminary round to qualify for finals. The girls earned themselves a medal with a sixth-place finish in the finals.
"The 4x100 team broke the school record and were all-state because they simply wanted to," said Zuzzio.
The 3,200 relay team of junior Abby Hoffmeier and freshmen Leslie Haeffner, Katie Krysztof and Missy Westgate ran a personal best by over 19 seconds.
"That team had girls running eight seconds faster than they had all year," said Zuzzio. "It was an impressive performance."
Rachel Miles earned the "workhorse" title for the girls team as she competed in three events and five races during the weekend. Besides her 4x100 medal Miles ran to fifth in the 200.
"After finishing third in the 400 last year at state it had been my event, but the 200 turned out to be my main one this year," said Miles. "That race just kept coming along for me and I was able to improve enough for a medal."
Sophomore Erica Ogle continued to represent the distance crew this year. After qualifying in the 1,600 and 3,200 for the second straight year, Ogle obtained her goal of earning a medal by placing sixth in the mile. Michelle Pressgrove, sophomore, also competed in the 3,200 and had a personal best time.
The Bulldogs have much to look forward to for next year's track season as they had no state qualifiers graduate.
"It will be exciting next year," said Zuzzio. "We should continue to get better as a team and the quality of girls that we have here makes them enjoyable to coach and spend time with."