BHS boys sixth at BIT track meet
Special to the Signal
The Baldwin High School boys track team competed in its first meet of the season Friday during the Baldwin Invitational Tournament at Baker University's Liston Stadium, placing sixth overall.
"I was happy with how we did," coach Mike Spielman said. "Our kids competed real well and it was a good start for us."
The 3,200-meter relay flexed its muscles, placing first with a time of 8:47, over Bonner Springs, which was 10 seconds behind.
The mile relay showed up as well. That team placed second just .36 of a second behind Pittsburg.
The 400-meter relay placed fifth, but they were only a second behind first place.
"All the relays did well," Spielman said. "I was happy with how they performed."
The BIT is unique in that it is one of the only meets that has a Steeplechase race. Junior Keith Cowart placed second, followed by junior Brian Gerstner in sixth and sophomore Spencer Wilson in seventh.
Junior Zac Towns placed fourth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.78, which was about two seconds out of first.
In the 800-meter run, junior Sam Hinton ran a 2:07, placing fourth. Freshmen Paul Minor and Noah Hoelscher placed 19th and 20th, respectively.
In the mile, Baldwin had a good showing. Gerstner placed eighth, followed by freshman Chris Elniff, 12th, and senior Phil Wagner, 13th. Sophomore Alex Johnson ran a 5:33, which earned him 17th. Minor and freshman Grant Schenewerk placed 20th and 22nd, respectively.
In the two-mile, the Bulldogs only had two runners, but they came through for the team. Cowart placed third and sophomore Grant Catloth placed ninth.
The action wasn't just on the track, though. The Bulldog field event athletes did well also.
Sophomore Jeremy Wright placed second in the long jump with a jump of 20-feet-3. He was only three inches off first.
Junior Luke Halford placed eighth in the discus, with fellow junior Kyle Ruona right behind him in ninth place. Ruona also placed 10th in the shot put. Junior Justin Jones threw 111-2 for 14th place. Jones also placed 24th in the shot put. Freshman Brandon Reed placed 26th in his first high school meet ever in the shot put.
Senior Bart Ruckman hopped, stepped and jumped his way to 11th place in the triple jump in his last BIT meet of his prep career.
Junior Jared Chalendar threw his way to a 15th place finish in the javelin. Junior Aaron McClintock placed 22nd.
The Bulldogs travel to Wichita Friday for the K.T. Woodman Classic track meet at 8:15 a.m.