BHS boys track has busy week
The Baldwin High School boys track team had a busy schedule last week.
On Tuesday, the team competed in the always competitive Cardinal Relays at Eudora. The Bulldogs placed third with 95 points, just behind home team Eudora, 125, and Tonganoxie, 106, taking first and second place, respectively.
Sophomore Spencer Wilson was the only individual champion, winning the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.6.
The 3,200-meter relay placed first as well. The team of junior Sam Hinton, Wilson, sophomore Keith Cowart and junior Zac Towns ran a time of 8:25. Second place was 35 seconds behind them.
The 1,600-meter relay, which consists of Towns, Wilson, sophomore John Brown and sophomore Jeremy Wright, also took home the gold. Their 3:34 time was seven seconds better then second place.
"The 4x4 was great. We blew out everybody," Wright said. "I was very happy with how well we ran."
Wright also placed second in the long jump to Eudora's Joey Donahue, with a jump of 20 feet, 6 1/2 inches.
The 400-meter relay placed second, only to Eudora, by only four tenths of a second.
Hinton was also the runner-up in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:05.
Junior Luke Halford, sophomore Matt James and Cowart all placed third in respective events.
Junior Kyle Ruona placed fourth in both of his throwing events, along with senior Bart Ruckman vaulting nine feet. Sophomore John Brown also placed right outside the medals by coming in fourth in the 400.
On Friday, the Bulldogs traveled to Girard for the high-caliber Girard Optimist Invitational.
The boys placed seventh out of 20 schools with the 3,200-meter relay leading the charge, winning their only race of the day in a time of 8:16.
"I'm happy with how we ran," Hinton said. "That time is like state time."
Cowart placed second with a time of 10:14 in the 3,200-meter run. Sophomore Grant Catloth's 4:57 time in the mile earned him a fourth-place medal.
Wright placed fourth in his long jump against stiff competition.
The other relays, 400-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay, performed good as well.
The 400-meter relay placed seventh but ran one of the best times of the year.
The 1,600-meter relay ran a 3:36, which was good enough for fifth.
Ruckman, who competed in three events at once, placed fourth in the pole vault.
"It's the best I've ever competed at a meet with that much competition," he said.
Last but not least, on Monday the junior varsity team traveled to Gardner for a meet.
Baldwin placed fourth as a team, but brought home many medals.
Leading the pack was James winning both hurdle races and also placing sixth in the pole vault.
The 3,200-meter relay, which consisted of freshman Caj Kueffer, Chris Elniff, Paul Minor and sophomore Alex Johnson, came out victorious.
Elniff also was the runner-up in the 3,200-meter run. Freshman Michael Thurlow placed third in that event.
On the sprinting side of the team, Brett Davis placed fifth in the 100-meter dash and Jacob Runer placed sixth in the 200-meter dash.
The 400-meter relay placed second and the 1,600-meter relay placed fifth.
The next competition for the Bulldogs is Friday at the Redbud Classic in Wellsville.