BHS boys compete in relays
It was a week of relays for the Baldwin High School boys track team last week. There were the Baker Relays on Tuesday and the highly known Kansas Relays on Friday.
Early in the week, the Bulldogs shined at the Baker Relays.
The unique aspect about the Baker Relays is that there are only relays.
Sophomore Grant Catloth and junior Brian Gerstner went one-two in the 2,000-meter steeplechase.
The 400-meter relay placed sixth, the 1,600-meter relay placed ninth and the 3,200-meter relay placed fourth. The 800-meter relay placed fourth. The distance medley placed first by nearly three seconds. The sprint medley relay placed ninth. The throwers relay A-team placed fourth and the throwers relay B-team placed eighth.
In the discus, junior Kyle Ruona placed fourth, with teammate junior Luke Halford right behind him in fifth. Junior Justin Jones placed 17th along with sophomore Jared Seele placing 18th. Brandon Reed placed 21st.
In the shot put, Ruona placed third. Jones was 15th, followed by Reed's 20th place. Seele placed 26th.
In the javelin, Jones placed ninth, with Jared Chalendar one spot behind him in 10th. Aaron McClintock placed 11th, followed by Ruona in 13th and Catloth in 14th. Brett Davis placed 19th and freshman Michael Thurlow placed 21st.
In the pole vault, Bart Ruckman placed seventh and Matt James placed ninth.
In the long jump, freshman Matt Myers placed eighth, along with Ruckman placing 13th. Sophomore Shawn Reed placed 17th.
"I was really excited," coach Mike Spielman said. "We had some really good relays and everybody got to run, which was nice."
Later that week was the nationally recognized Kansas relays.
This is one of the few meets that the athletes have to qualify for.
The boys' distance medley relay qualified along with the 1,600-meter relay and the 6,400-meter relay.
The distance medley relay consists of junior Sam Hinton, sophomore Jeremy Wright, junior Zac Towns and sophomore Keith Cowart. It placed 15th out of 33 schools with a time of 10:11.42.
The 1,600-meter relay featuring Towns, sophomore Spencer Wilson, sophomore John Brown and Wright, ran a personal best for the season with a time of 3:33.94, dropping around 10 seconds off the normal team. That time earned them 21st place.
In the 6,400-meter relay, which is only ran at certain meets, the Bulldogs placed eighth in with a time of 19:22.02. Cowart, Hinton, Catloth and Gerstner made up that team.
"I was happy with our performance. We dropped about seven to 15 seconds off all of our relays," Spielman said.
The next meet for the Bulldogs is the Cardinal Relays at Eudora on Friday.