BHS headed for state track meet
For the third year in a row, the Baldwin High School girls track team finished first at the Class 4A Regional meet and now has its sights set on the state meet in Wichita. The BHS boys finished 11th as a team.
The BHS girls again dominated the track. The Bulldogs scored 146 points to double the count on second-place Eudora, which had 72. BHS had 12 girls qualify for state in 14 events.
"We're among the state elite. We've had a lot of success on the eastern side," said coach Ted Zuzzio. "It's pretty amazing that we're representing Baldwin in every running event at state.
"We're the best in this area, but you never know out there," Zuzzio said. "We'll need some luck. We'll need two good days. It's been an amazing ride with the success these kids have had. We'll bring home some state medals, that's for sure."
BHS had numerous multiple qualifiers. Senior Jamie Lawrenz was first in the 300-meter hurdles at 47.2, second in the 100-meter hurdles at 16.1 and second in the pole vault at 9-0. Senior Rachel Miles was second in the 100-meter dash (12.8) and third in both the 200- and 400-meter dashes, with times of 27.2 and 1:02.5. She was also the anchor on the second-place 400-meter relay team.
Senior Erica Ogle was second in the 3,200-meter run at 12:23 and the 1,600-meter run at 5:38. Ogle was also on the first-place finishing 3,200-meter relay team. Senior Leah Clay was third in the long jump at 15-9.5 and was on the first-place winning 1,600-meter relay team.
"We've got four seniors who are pretty special," said Zuzzio. "All four are on the record board. We've had girls sports for 30 years here and they're on the board and have competed at the state level all four years. They've provided great leadership, too."
There were other multiple qualifiers from the underclassmen, as well. Amanda Vander Tuig was first in the 800-meter run at 2:31.1, second in the high jump at 5-0 and was on the first-place 3,200 relay. Kelsey Heckathorne was second in the 800 at 2:31.6 and anchored both the 3,200 and 1,600 relay teams. Kelsey Verhaeghe was third in the 3,200 at 12:42 and fourth in the 1,600 at 5:45.
Also qualifying were Missy Westgate with a second-place finish in the 300 hurdles at 47.4 and Amy Craig with a fourth-place in the 800 at 2:32.9. Just missing were Trish Cox, who was fifth in the triple jump, and Kyleigh Garman, who was sixth in the 100.
The relay teams were comprised of: (3,200) Craig, Vander Tuig, Ogle and Heckathorne, first, 10:27.2; (400) Marie Ruona, Garman, Westgate and Miles, second, 51.6; (1,600) Ruona, Clay, Westgate and Heckathorne, first 4:16.9.
On the boys' side, BHS qualified two individuals and two relay teams. Sam Hinton was fourth in the 800 at 2:06.6 and Jeremy Wright was third in the long jump at 23-3.75. The 3,200-relay team was first at 8:36 and the 1,600-relay team was third at 3:36.9.
Other placers were Chris Elniff, sixth, 1,600, 4:57.8; Wright, sixth, 400, 53.0; Spencer Wilson, fifth, 800, 2:06.9; and Luke Halford, sixth, discus, 126-10.
Girls team standings were: BHS, 146; Eudora, 72; Fort Scott, 58; Iola, 43; Kansas City Sumner, 41; Lansing, 35; Tonganoxie, 33; Osawatomie, 24; Anderson County, 24; DeSoto, 22; Louisburg, 18; Prairie View, 15; Spring Hill, 8; Kansas City Ward, 7; Basehor, 4; and Kansas City Piper, 1.
Boys team standings were: Fort Scott, 103; DeSoto, 52; Iola, 48; Eudora, 46; Sumner, 42; Osawatomie, 41; Anderson County, 35; Lansing, 35; Tonganoxie, 33; Prairie View, 32; BHS, 31; Louisburg, 20; Basehor, 16.5; Spring Hill, 12; Piper, 12; and Ward, 0.