Girls track brings home first once again
The Baldwin High School girls track team has won five titles this year, and are currently on a four-meet winning streak. The Bulldogs' most recent victory happened to be Friday at the Wellsville Redbud Relays, winning by 17 points.
"It feels awesome to win all our meets," said sophomore Kelli Harris. "We are well balanced, and our relays rack up a lot of points for us."
Members of the team felt the titles are well-deserved.
"We work really hard, so our titles are deserved," said junior Lindsay Gastelum. "Hopefully we'll keep winning."
The coach is also pleased with the team's success.
"Our effort in competitiveness is very pleasing. Fourteen of the girls had their best marks of the season last meet, and our 4x100 now holds the meet record. Our 200-meter and two-mile took first as well," said coach Ted Zuzzio.
Finishing first in their events were juniors Leah Clay and Rachel Miles and sophomores Kyleigh Garman and Missy Westgate in the 4x100-meter relay that broke the old meet record with a time of 51.3. Miles in the 200-meter run (26.9) and junior Erica Ogle in the 3,200-meter run (12:15.6) added gold medals to the team's repertoire.
Other finishes included: 4x800 relay, third, 10:18.17; Jamie Lawrenz, fourth, pole vault (8-6) and 100-meter hurdles (16.8) and third, 300-meter low hurdles (49.7); Garmen, fourth, long jump (15-6); Kelli Harris, sixth, 100 hurdles (17.6); Miles, fourth, 100-meter dash (12.8) and sixth, 400-meter dash (1:04); Denise Orloff, third, 1,600-meter run (5:45.7) and 3,200 (13:02.3); Amy Craig, third, 800-meter run (2:30.7); Kelsey Heckathorne, fifth, 800 (2:32.6); Michelle Pressgrove, sixth, 3,200 (13:25.8); and the 4x400-meter relay team, fifth (4:17.2).
The team finished strong placing in seven events, with 14 of the girls having higher marks than they have had all year.
"It is a great team to be on. I like being on it. I think the team has a really good chance of doing well late in the year," said freshman long jumper Jackie Nutsch.
Their next challenge is Thursday at Wellsville for the Frontier League title, where they will be trying to defend their title as league champs.