BJHS track wins four titles
All four Baldwin Junior High School track teams proved once again they are the Top Dogs on April 15 at Baker's Liston Stadium. The Bulldogs competed against Wellsville, Prairie View and Osawatomie and stomped out any chances of the other teams winning.
For the seventh grade girls, winning their division was no hard task. Having multiple entries in most events not only helped the team, but also the runners learned more and gained more experience.
Haley Finucane placed third in the 100-meter dash, while Tracie Weege placed right behind in fourth. Finucane also placed second in the 200- and second in the 400-meter dash as her other teamates filed in right behind her. Hannah Harris placed third, Calleigh Durr placed fourth, Katie Lurken placed sixth and Emily Ausherman placed seventh in the 400.
Weege placed second in the 800-meter run and first in the 1,600-meter run. Right behind Weege was Claire Miles, who recieved fourth in the 800 and second in the 1,600. Hannah Sigvaldson, who recieved fifth in the 800, was fourth in the 1600. Olivia Catloth recieved a first place in the 100-meter hurdles and Ariel Sanders recieved third. Catloth was also first in the high jump at 4-9, while Harris received a second place in the long jump. Aubrey Black placed second in the shot put and Nicole Lordemann placed seond in the discus.
Leading the seventh grade boys was Alan Callahan, who broke the school record in the 1,600 with the time of 5:21.6, beating the previous record set by Keith Cowart with the time of 5:22.4 in 2001. Jon Eddy placed third in the 100 and 200, while also winning the high jump. Conner Wright placed fourth in the 400 and in long jump. Andy Thurlow won the 800 and placed fifth in the long jump. Sam Beecher placed second in th 800 and the long jump. David Garrison placed first in the discus and third in the shot put.
The eighth girls dominated the track beating the next closest team by 48 points. Nichole Holley started the Dogs off with a second-place finish in the 100. Courtney Harris finished in first place in the 200, third in the 400 and first in pole vault, setting a new school record at 7-6. Heather Garcia had two first place finishes in the 800 and the 1,600 with a time of 5:33.5, which broke the school record. Madison Shoemaker placed second in the 800 and tied for first in the high jump. Ashley Tucker placed second in the shot put with a throw of 30-11, which broke the school record, and was second in the discus.
"We had some outstanding performances, including three record breakers. Ashley Tucker, Courtney Harris and Heather Garcia set school reocrds in their events," said coach Eric Toot.
Leading the eighth grade boys was Chase Able, who was first in the 100. Zach Durr was second in the 400. In the 800, Shawn Rowland recieved third. Aaron Karlin won the 1,600 and Drew Berg placed fourth in the 3,200. Kyle Smith placed first in the long jump, with teamate Gabe Mason placed right behind him in second. Jesse Green and Jarod Dykes placed fourth and fifth in long jump also. In the shot put, the boys dominated grabing the top five places. Luke Weaver recieved first, Green was second, Beau Elder was third, Jacob Enick grabbed fourth and Anthony Ciambrone was fifth. Weaver also placed first in the discus while Green, Enick, Ciambrone, and Elder placed third, fourth, fifth and sixth.
"Out of our 15 track athletes per grade, we are competitive not only in running events, but field events," said boys coach Bench Currie.