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Record-setting season

June 8, 2006

Baldwin High School sophomore Heather Garcia and junior Aaron Mills are trying their best to rewrite the school track records.

Garcia and Mills will now have their names on eight school records, each setting three individual records.

"We had a great group of kids this year," BHS boys' coach Mike Spielman said. "We had a well-rounded team that worked very hard."

Mills finished his season by setting two records and tying another at the state meet May 27. Mills ran 10.81 in the 100-meter dash and 22.14 in the 200-meter dash, both school records.

He also tied the long jump record with a leap of 22-8 ¾. The jump tied him with recent graduate Jeremy Wright.

"To be able to break three school records at state is pretty amazing," Spielman said. "That was a big meet for him."

The other record that Mills will have his name on is the 400-meter relay. He anchored the relay that ran 43.2 at regionals. Other members of the relay were recent graduates John Brown and Aaron Hannon, along with Wright.

Garcia set school records throughout the year in her three distance races. She set the 1,600- and 3,200-meter run records at the Frontier League meet on May 11.

Garcia improved her previous record in the 1,600 by nine seconds as she ran 5:03.65. Later in the day, she ran 11:02.69 in the 3,200. She won both races.

Her final individual record came at the state meet, when she ran 2:19.98 in the 800-meter run.

"She's very special," BHS girls' coach Ted Zuzzio said of Garcia. "Baldwin is very lucky to have her running for the purple and white."

Garcia anchored the 1,600-meter relay that ran 4:05.02 in the preliminary round at the state meet, which broke their previous record. The other relay members were sophomore Courtney Harris and recent graduates Amy Craig and Kelsey Heckathorne.

"We always want to end the year running at our highest potential, and we did that," Zuzzio said.

Both Bulldog track teams combined to break 13 school records this season.

"I've been here for 30 years and we've never broken this many records in a single year," Zuzzio said.

The other record the boys' team broke was the 300-meter hurdles. Hannon set the record at 39.4 at the state meet.

Junior Kim Lester cleared 9-6 in the pole vault at the league meet to break the old record of 9-0.

The three other records for the girls' team all came in distance relays. The 3,200-meter relay ran 9:55.6 at the Redbud Classic. Relay members were sophomore Madison Shoemaker, junior Kelsey Verhaeghe, freshman Corinna Papps and Craig.

The other two relay records came at the Kansas Relays on April 22. The Bulldogs set new times in the 6,400-meter relay and the distance medley. The 6,400 relay ran 23:09 and team members included recent graduate Jessica Hill, Verhaeghe, Shoemaker and Craig.

The distance medley ran 13:22.64. The medley team consisted of Craig, Harris, Shoemaker and Verhaeghe.

"We had a great team effort all year," Zuzzio said. "Not only did we have some individual records, but we had several relay records set this year. That is very gratifying as a coach."

BHS girls' records

800 -- Garcia, 2:19.98; old record -- Garcia, 2:22.78, 2005

1,600 -- Garcia, 5:03.65; old record -- Garcia, 5:12.06, 2005

3,200 -- Garcia, 11:02.29; old record -- Garcia, 11:15.53, 2005

Pole vault -- Lester, 9-6; old record -- Lester, Kelli Harris, Jamie Lawrenz, 9-0

1,600 relay -- Amy Craig, Courtney Harris, Kelsey Heckathorne and Heather Garcia, 4:05.02; old record -- Jessica Wright, Stacy Zuzzio, Mandy Mundinger and Jenny Cook, 4:10.6, 1996.

3,200 relay -- Madison Shoemaker, Amy Craig, Corinna Papps and Kelsey Verhaeghe, 9:55.6; old record -- Jamie Hayes, Stacy Zuzzio, Ruthanne McCreary and Becky Demarest, 9:56.9, 1996

6,400 relay -- Jessica Hill, Kelsey Verhaeghe, Madison Shoemaker and Craig, 23:09; old record -- Verhaeghe, Hill, Amanda Vander Tuig and Erica Ogle, 23:26.6, 2004

Distance Medley -- Madison Shoemaker, Courtney Harris, Amy Craig and Kelsey Verhaeghe; 13:22.64; old record -- Amanda Morford, Becky Demarest, Stacy Zuzzio and Megan Noonan, 13:39.12, 1998

BHS boys' records

100 -- Aaron Mills, 10.81; old record -- Jeremy Wright, 10.9, 2005

200 -- Aaron Mills, 22.14; old record -- Doug Delano, 22.3, 1982

300 hurdles -- Aaron Hannon, 39.4; old record -- Michael Curran, 40.6, 1998

400 relay -- John Brown, Jeremy Wright, Aaron Hannon and Aaron Mills, 43.2; old record -- Brown, Wright, Hannon and Mills, 43.9, 2005

Long jump -- Aaron Mills and Jeremy Wright, 22-8 3/4; old record -- Mills, 22-3 ½, 2005

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