BJHS seventh grade girls win league title
The Baldwin Junior High School seventh grade girls' track team led the Bulldogs at the Frontier League track meet by crushing its competition and winning seven events.
The seventh grade girls scored 118 points, which were 53 more than second place Jayhawk Linn.
"We knew they were strong, but we didn't realize they would win by that much," BJHS assistant coach Angie Spielman said. "They competed very well for their first time at league and it being such a long meet. We are not used to very long meets."
The seventh grade boys' team (102 points) came close to winning the league title, but finished second to Wheatridge (106.25). The eighth grade teams didn't fair as well, as the girls placed eighth and the boys finished 13th.
The meet began at Jayhawk Linn on Saturday morning, but too much rainfall forced the meet to be postponed very early. Wellsville volunteered to host the meet Tuesday, which allowed the meet to finish.
Spielman was appreciative of the move.
"It was very nice," Spielman said. "Jayhawk Linn had rain for three straight days, so there was no way we could have the meet down there."
The move of the meet didn't affect the seventh grade girls, who won seven events and set the league record in the 400-meter relay.
In the first running event Tuesday, the Bulldogs swept the 100-meter hurdles. Myranda Behrens, Lyndsey Lober and Ramie Burkhart finished first, second and third, respectively.
"One thing that started us off was that our hurdlers went one, two and three," Spielman said. "We weren't expecting that. Going into finals, that's how we were sitting, but in the hurdles anything can happen. We scored 24 points, which really set the day up."
Other league champions included Sarah Whaley (800-meter run), Heather Karlin (1,600-meter run) and Stephanie Minor (high jump and long jump). The other victories came in the 400-meter and 800-meter relays.
"We won seven events," Spielman said. "That is 70 points, which is over half of our points. They are very well balanced. That's a big part of why we did so well."
Allison Howard helped the Bulldogs out with a second-place finish in the discus and a third-place finish in the shot put.
"Coming out of field events, we felt pretty good," Spielman said. "Allison Howard scored in both of her events and Stephanie Minor won the high jump and long jump on Saturday."
The eighth grade girls didn't have quite the same success, but battled through low numbers to score 33 points and finish eighth.
"We probably scored as well as we could have," Spielman said. "About the only mishap we had was that we had a false start in the 4x100, and we could have scored in that. We did as well as we thought we were going to. We are pretty thin, numbers wise."
Misty Emery led the way with a third-place finish in the 3,200-meter run. The girls also finished third in the 1,600 relay and fourth in the 800 relay.
"It was a good finish to the season," Spielman said. We brought home a lot of medals."
The seventh grade boys came very close to winning the league championship also. The Bulldogs scored 102 points, but fell short of Wheatridge's 106.25 points.
"I thought they did pretty good," BJHS coach Bench Currie said. "I thought that was pretty awesome for them to finish right behind Wheatridge."
The Bulldogs racked up 22 points in the 1,600 run. Tony Weiss won the race, while Carson Barnes and Will Von Bargen placed second and fourth, respectively.
Barnes also won the 800 run and finished second in the long jump. Braden Souders placed third in the long jump.
Justin Vander Tuig won the high jump and helped the 1,600 relay to a 13-second victory. The other team members were Weiss, Barnes and Souders.
The eighth grade boys didn't have much success, as they only managed five points. Currie said low team numbers contributed to the results.
He was happy about how the season went, considering they were without a track to practice on, since Liston Stadium is under construction.
"Overall, based on our facilities, the kids didn't complain a whole lot," Currie said. "With this age group, you usually have kids that can complain, but this team didn't. We had a good season."