BHS girls dominate track opener
Special to the Signal
The Baldwin High School girls track team dominated the Baldwin Invitational Tournament Friday night. The Bulldogs won the meet with an overwhelming score of 183 points. The second-place team was Eudora with 79, and third was Anderson County with 70.
Senior Erica Ogle set a new school record for the steeplechase with a time of 8:14. She also took third in the 1,600-meter run and first in the 3,200. Sophomore Kelsey Heckathorne ran a 2:28 split in her leg of the 4x800-meter relay, which took second. The relay consisted of sophomores Amy Craig and Heckathorne, freshman Kelsey Verhaeghe and junior Lesley Haeffner.
Senior Rachel Miles took first in the 100-meter dash, first in the 200-meter dash and second in the 400-meter dash.
"This was a great way to kick off the season," said Miles. "I was happy with myself, especially so early in the season."
Freshman Amanda Vander Tuig placed fourth in the mile, fifth in the two mile and second in the high jump. Kara Everett placed fifth in the high jump and Kim Lester placed seventh.
The 4x400-meter relay took second, and the 4x100-meter relay took first.
Jamie Lawrenz took first in the 300-meter hurdles, Missy Westgate placed second and Kelli Harris took sixth. Lawrenz also won the 100-meter hurdles and pole vault. Harris placed third in pole vault and sophomore Annie Parr placed 10th.
"It was fun to win by as much as we did. It was impressive to beat 12 other schools," said Parr. "I could have done better, but it was a good learning experience."
Freshman Katie Frank placed fifth in long jump, senior Leah Clay placed eighth and sophomore Ashley Snedeger placed 13th.
Freshman Marie Ruona placed fourth in the 200-meter, Clay placed sixth in the 400-meter and freshman Loretta Ikenberry placed 19th.
Craig placed first in the 800-meter run, and Heckathorne placed third.
Junior Trisha Cox placed ninth in the triple jump, and Snedeger placed 12th.
Freshman Dara Shuck was 16th in shot put, junior Rebecca Verhaeghe placed 23rd and freshman Carly Young was 25th. Shuck also placed 14th in the discus throw and Verhaeghe was 23rd.
Westgate took sixth in the javelin, along with freshman Kim Gilges placing 15th and freshman Katie Sigvaldson placing 23rd. Sigvaldson also placed 18th in the discus throw.
"We had an awesome opening meet with the seniors leading the way and some great individual performances from our younger athletes," said coach Ted Zuzzio. "I'm very proud of our whole team."
The team will be competing Friday at K.T. Woodman in Wichita.