BHS girls win BIT track title
Special to the Signal
Baldwin City has long been known for its ties to agricultural production. The grain elevator next to the train depot on High Street is evidence to that. Liston Stadium on Baker University's campus might as well be recognized as ano ther symbol of production in Baldwin, and that is medals.
Okay, that might be a stretch but don't tell that to the BHS girls track team. Like a machine, the squad produced 23 top three performances at Friday's Baldwin Invitational that warranted, yep, m edals.
"We scored in every event," said head coach Ted Zuzzio. "That's pretty awesome."
Despite near freezing temperatures throughout the day and feeling the absence of several key member of the team, BHS took first place in the 10-team field. The Bul ldogs' 160.5 points easily out distanced second place Lansing which scored 111 points.
"I'm very elated on how well we performed especially in the conditions," said Zuzzio. "They did outstanding."
BHS, which looks to improve off of its eighth place st ate performance of a year ago, got strong showings in the sprints, distance, relays and the field.
The Bulldogs had three individual champions along with two relays that took home first place. Junior Rachel Miles was a two-time individual champion, winn ing both the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes in times of 28.78 and 1:03.78, respectively. Freshman Denise Orloff, who finished seventh at state cross-country, continued to show her talent by taking first in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 13:01. The 4x4 00 meter relay squad of sophomores Missy Westgate and Lesley Haeffner, junior Leah Clay and freshman Kelsey Heckathorne also took home gold with a time of 4:32.66. The results where similar for the 4x800 meter relay of senior Abby Hofmeier, Westgate, Haef fner and Heckathorne who where clocked with a winning time of 11:05.53.
Junior Leah Clay took second place in the 200-meter dash. Clay, along with Miles, and sophomores Kyleigh Garmen and Allison Greenfield also took second in the 4x100 meter relay. Orl off was another double medallist as she raced to second in the 1,600-meter run. Other silver performances were turned in by Heckathorne in the 800-meter run and sophomore Kelli Harris in the pole vault.
Third-place medals went out to junior Jamie Lawrenz in the 100-meter hurdles and the pole vault and sophomore Kyleigh Garmen in the 100-meter dash and in the long jump.
"We are going to get better with quality practices," said Zuzzio.
The Bulldogs will try to build off of their momentum Saturday at the KT Woodman meet in Wichita.ke