BHS boys turn in ninth-place finish
It was a day of mixed results for the Baldwin High School track team.
Certain events proved successful, while others ended with a lack of Baldwin purple in the points standing. BHS finished ninth out of 20 teams at the Girard Invitational, finishing with 29 points. Fort Scott finished first with 111 points, followed by Joplin (Mo.) with 101 points.
"There is always good competitions at the Girard meet, which allows us to compete a higher level and helps prepare us for the smaller meets," said senior Brayton Gladhart.
Sophomore Sam Hinton was one of those who had one of the better days. Hinton finished second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:04.56. Freshman Keith Cowart also finished with strong results, finishing fourth in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:17.15.
"I think I did pretty good. It was great competition," said Hinton. "We could have done better as a team. We didn't do bad, but it still could have been better."
Other results from Baldwin were: 1,600-meter relay team finished sixth place; in the 1,600-meter run junior Phil Wagner finished seventh; in the 400-meter relay BHS finished in seventh; junior Micah Mason finished sixth in long jump; and the 3,200-meter relay team finished third.
"It was fun," said sophomore Brian Gerstner. "I did bad in the 800, but the 4x800-meter relay team was strong."
As the season draws to an end, members of the track team are looking towards state as a goal to finish off the season.
"I don't think we'll win state, but some individuals might go and do well," Hinton said.
"Our 4x800-meter relay team could do well at state, if we make it," Gerstner said.
"It's hard to tell how the season will end. The end could go in a numerous amount of directions. I hope it goes up," said Wagner.
The BHS track team will have its next meet at Wellsville on Friday.