BHS girls take league crown
You could say the Baldwin High School girls track team tamed the Frontier.
Certainly the Bulldogs blazed new trails as they set two new meet records at the Frontier League Meet on Thursday. BHS took first in the 10-team field, beating second-place Osawatomie by a sizable margin of 116 to 94.
The team, which came out of field events with only 12 points,
took command when running events started. Not only did BHS score in every running event, but the Bulldogs also had at least one individual receive a medal in every race. All together, BHS took home a total of 24 medals for top four performances.
"They've been outstanding," said coach Ted Zuzzio. "Each
week we get better than the previous week."
The highlight of the day was two of the Bulldog's relay teams.
The 4x100-meter team of juniors Leah Clay, Rachel Miles, and sophomores Kayleigh Garman and Missy Westgate set a new league meet record time of 51.33. Also knocking out the old league record was the 4x400-meter team with the new league mark of 4:11.36 was set by Clay, sophomores Lesley Haeffner, Westgate and freshmen Kelsey Heckathorne.
Those weren't the only gold medals to be handed out throughout the day. The distance duo of freshman Denise Orloff and junior Erica Ogle continued to shine. Orloff barely nudged out Ogle for first in the 1,600-meter run, while Ogle got her revenge in the 3,200-meter by taking first to Orloff's third.
Another big day was turned in by Miles, who took second in the
100- and 200-meter dash and placed third in the 400-meter dash to go along with her spot on the 4x100. Also, fellow junior Jamie Lawrenz took third in the pole vault, along with two fourth place performances in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles.
"From event to event, we are probably the most competitive
(team) we have had in a while," said Zuzzio.
Other medals were received by Garman, who was fourth in the long jump, junior Michelle Pressgrove, fourth in the 3200-meter run, and Heckathorne's fourth-place performance in the 800-meter run along with her team of senior Abby Hofmeier, Haeffner, and freshmen Amy Craig who garnered third in the 4x800-meter relay.
Heading into the final two meets of the year, regionals and
state, Zuzzio likes his team's chances.
"We have won six meets this season and we are still peaking,"
he said. "Going into regionals it seems every running event has a legitimate shot at qualifying for state."
The Bulldogs will get their shot at the Class 4A regional meet Friday in Louisburg. One thing is certain; Zuzzio isn't worrying about fan support.
"I can't say enough about the support from our friends in the
stands," he said. "I would say about a third of the stands (on
Thursday) were from Baldwin. That's just awesome."
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