Garcia breaks Noonan’s record
Freshman Heather Garcia led the Baldwin High School girls track team by breaking the school record in the 3,200-meter run at the KT Woodman meet on Friday.
Garcia shattered the old record owned by 2001 BHS graduate Megan Noonan by six seconds, in a time of 11:26.38. The blistering pace still didn't give Garcia the win, as she came in second in the race.
"The competition and weather was awesome," coach Ted Zuzzio said. "Heather Garcia led our team setting a new school record in the 3,200 run to start the meet off."
The Bulldogs woke up bright and early Friday morning to travel to Wichita for the meet.
The meet was filled with many top Class 1A-6A teams in the midwest. Scoring was divided into three groups, 1A-2A, 3A-4A and 5A-6A. The Bulldogs finished the meet with a 15th-place in the Class 3A-4A division.
Garcia also placed third in the 1,600-meter run in 5:21. Sophomore Kelsey Verhaeghe placed ninth in 5:45.
Garcia was the first and last Bulldog to score for the team.
Several others were in contention to score points, but fell short. Senior Missy Westgate placed 10th in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 51.54. The 400-meter and 1,600-meter relays each placed 11th. The 3,200-meter relay placed seventh. Junior Kelsey Heckathorne ran a 1:04 on her way to a ninth-place finish in the 400-meter dash.
"The competition at this meet is considerably tougher than at any other meet we participate in," Heckathorne said. "The times we ran were actually decent although it didn't always seem that way."
The Bulldogs continued to compete well in the field events. Senior Trisha Cox placed 10th in the long jump with a mark of 15-04. Sophomore Amanda Vander Tuig jumped 5-00 for a 7th place finish in the high jump. Senior Kara Everett finished 10th in the high jump with 4-10.
"Overall, we had good effort through the day," Zuzzio said. "We still need to press ourselves to improve our times, techniques and distances in the field."
The junior varsity squad, consisting of 11 girls, traveled to Gardner last Thursday for the first JV-only meet of the year.
The team was led by junior Katie Beall who placed third in the triple jump by jumping 29-05. Beall also had a fourth place finish by jumping 13-06 in the long jump. Freshman Bridget Arthur, sophomore Danielle Hanson, junior Keisha Collins and Beall comprised the 400-meter relay which came across the line in fifth place. Junior Annie Parr had a fourth-place finish in the pole vault with a mark of 7-00.
"It was a good opportunity for us to try some new events we normally couldn't do," Beall said.
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