BHS girls dominate regionals
Bulldogs head to state with seventh title
LOUISBURG -- It's getting to be old hat for the Baldwin High School girls track team, but the Bulldogs did it again at the Class 4A Regional Meet here Friday with their seventh team title of the season.
It wasn't even close and also puts the Bulldogs in a good position for this weekend's State Meet in Wichita with a wealth of qualifiers. BHS won the regional with 103 points, with Osawatomie a distance second at 66.
"There were 16 schools there. What's really exciting is we qualified everyone in the running events except one and we should have had that one," said coach Ted Zuzzio. "It was a great day, a great night."
Leading the way for BHS was Rachel Miles, who qualified for four events at state. Miles won the 100-meter dash (12.8), the 400-meter dash (1:00), was second in the 200-meter dash (27.0) and anchored the first place and school-record setting 4x100-meter relay team (50.7).
"She had a monster day," Zuzzio said of Miles. "She's just getting stronger as the weeks go on. She's got the fastest time out of regionals going into the quarter at state. She's qualified in four events and she's going to have a busy day."
Qualifying in two events for state were Erica Ogle, Denise Orloff and Jamie Lawrenz. Ogle was first in the 3,200-meter run (12:26.5) and second in the 1,600-meter run (5:36.4). Orloff was fourth in both the 3,200 (12:50.4) and 1,600 (5:39.6). Lawrenz was third in the 300-meter low hurdles (49.1) and fourth in the pole vault (9-0).
Other members of the first-place, record-setting 4x100 team were Leah Clay, Kyleigh Garman and Missy Westgate. That team is tied with two others time-wise heading into the state meet.
Other qualifiers included: Michelle Pressgrove, fifth, 3,200; Kelli Harris, sixth, 100-meter hurdles; Garman, sixth, 100, and sixth, long jump; Amy Craig, fourth, 800-meter run; Kelsey Heckathorne, sixth, 800; the 3,200-meter relay team, second; and the 1,600-meter relay team, first.
"It's exciting to come out of regionals with some chances to win some events at state," said Zuzzio. "The relay teams have done really well. You don't know who is going to knock off some time off their splits. That's the crazy thing about it.
"Our main goal is got try to capture as many of those six medals at state as we can," he said. "The sweet thing about our troops is they all compete, whatever their mind set is. At the first of the season, they surprised me, but I've got them figured out now. We've won seven meets. It's been fun. It's a great bunch of kids."
The state meet will be in Wichita's Cessna Stadium Friday and Saturday. BHS's first event will be Friday at 3:45 p.m., but the Bulldogs will be running both days.
"We're just excited about getting there," said Zuzzio. "We'll see what happens from there. The beauty of the sport is you don't know what will happen after the crack of the gun."