BHS girls finish seventh at state
There wasn't a team title for the Baldwin High School girls track team at the State Track Meet in Wichita this weekend, but there was an individual title brought home. Rachel Miles served up a thrilling photo-finish to win the 400-meter dash and secure the Bulldogs only gold medal.
"Rachel's race was the climax," said coach Ted Zuzzio. "That's the gut race -- pure sprint from start to finish. Her race was like real chilling. It was a photo finish. She got the girl in the last five steps. She had a monster day."
With that gold-medal finish, BHS finished with a total of 27 points to finish seventh. But, the Bulldogs weren't that far from the top. El Dorado ran away with the title with 57 points, but there was quite a drop off to second where Andover and Osawatomie tied with 35 points.
"The real kicker was we were only eight points out of second," said Zuzzio. "We were real close to bringing home a trophy. We were just one event away. We were that close.
"We took 11 girls out there and 10 got medals," he said. "We had a super year. We competed well at the state meet. We were really close. We didn't quite have the guns."
Besides Miles' gold in the 400, she also was fourth in the 200-meter dash and anchored the third-place finishing 4x100-meter relay team. Also on that team were Leah Clay, Kyleigh Garman and Missy Westgate. They broke they're own school record in the preliminaries with a 50.9-second time. In the finals, however, a bad handoff slowed them to 51.09. El Dorado won the event at 50.33.
The next highest finishes came from Jamie Lawrenz with a fifth-place time of 48.63 and the 4x800-relay team's fifth-place finish at 10:15.18. That team consisted of Amy Craig, Leslie Haefner, Abby Hoffmeier and Kelsey Heckathorne.
Erica Ogle paced the long-distance runners with a seventh-place finish in the 3,200-meter run and a ninth-place finish in the 1,600-meter run. Denise Orloff finished 14th in both the 1,600 and 3,200. Craig was 10th in the 800-meter run.
The state finish wrapped up a big year for the BHS girls. The Bulldogs won seven meet titles, brought home 12 state medals and a total of 269 medals for the season.
"It was a great, great year," said Zuzzio. "Our parental support has been beyond awesome. Our kids had great community and parental support all year.
"Every week was a little more fun," he said. "I think the kids made that happen. It was a great group. It was a wonderful season from start to finish. I'm pretty proud of them. We had 10 out of 11 kids medal at state. That was great. Usually you're not that lucky to get that many kids on the stand. And Rachel being on the top of the stand was best of all."
As for the BHS boys, the 4x800-meter relay team was the lone point scorer with a sixth-place finish. The team consisted of Keith Cowart, Zac Towns, Sam Hinton and Brian Gerstner and they turned in a time of 8:24.33. Those two points put BHS in 41st place.
"I thought for all the young kids we gook up there, we competed well," said coach Mike Spielman. We got medals out of the 4x800 and did a nice job.
"All of the guys are freshmen or sophomores, so ti was young group that went to state," he said. "Hopefully that will set us up for the future."