Relay records rewritten at Wellsville meet
WELLSVILLE -- Beautiful weather and fast competition helped the Baldwin High School girls' track team break two school records, two league records and place second as a team at the Redbud Classic here Friday night.
Eudora won the meet with 127 points and the Bulldogs scored 93 to finish runner-up in the 18-team meet.
"We always like to win, but we were excited to get second Friday night," coach Ted Zuzzio said.
The Bulldogs broke school records in the 1,600-meter relay and 3,200-meter relay.
"In those two races, every kid ran right at or their fastest time of the year," Zuzzio said. "That was pretty exciting to watch those come down."
The 3,200 relay began the running events for the night. Baldwin ran 9:55.6, but finished second to Eudora.
The team members were sophomore Madison Shoemaker, senior Amy Craig, freshman Corinna Papps and junior Kelsey Verhaeghe.
The 1,600 relay finished off the meet and once again BHS finished second to Eudora. The team consisted of senior Kelsey Heckathorne, junior Amanda Vander Tuig, Shoemaker and Craig. They ran 4:10.4 to break the record.
"That was shocking and exciting together with senior Kelsey Heckathorne clicking off a 60 quarter to finish it off," Zuzzio said. "That was the fastest time of her life."
Heckathorne said the pain didn't hit her until a little bit after the race.
"I was so excited," Heckathorne said of breaking the record. "I was talking to someone about 10 minutes later and my side started cramping. I was so excited, I didn't feel pain when I got done running."
Zuzzio said both races shocked him, because the times were huge improvements on the season.
"Those were two total surprises," Zuzzio said. "Those were both 10 seconds better than they had run this year. When you do something that startling, it's pretty exciting."
Sophomore Heather Garcia also helped the Bulldogs Friday night. Garcia won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. She ran 5:12.4 in the 1,600 and 11:14 in the 3,200, both were new meet records.
Garcia also placed second in the long jump with a leap of 15-8 Â½.
"Heather (Garcia) won two races and took a second in the long jump," Zuzzio said. "She is just solid."
Other top performances came in the 400-meter dash, where Heckathorne and Shoemaker finished third and fourth, respectively. Heckathorne also placed third in the 200-meter dash.
Craig finished fourth in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:29.5. Verhaeghe brought home a third-place finish in the 1,600 and 3,200.
The girls' thrower's relay won its race. The team consisted of sophomore Colby Heckathorne, junior Becca Stroman, senior Ellie Meinen and freshman Nicole Lordemann. Junior Kim Lester placed third in the pole vault with a height of 8-6.
"Everyone that gets off the bus is competing," Zuzzio said.
Heckathorne thought the entire team competed well Friday.
"I thought overall we ran fairly well," Heckathorne said. "We had a few events that went really well. The two records were obviously some good times. Heather (Garcia) came through for us once again."
Zuzzio really enjoyed how well the meet was run by Wellsville.
"It was a very good meet," Zuzzio said. "It was well run. There were 18 schools and the competition was great in every event. It was a quality meet. We set a couple of school records and meet records. We are just getting fine tuned for the next three meets."
Next up for the Bulldogs is the Frontier League Championship in Paola today. The field events begin at 3:30 p.m., preliminaries at 4:30 p.m. and finals at 6 p.m.
"I am really looking forward to league," Heckathorne said. "Eudora is tough and we know that. We are looking to set some PRs and run fast."
Zuzzio said he hasn't seen a few teams compete much this season, but is hoping his girls will compete to the best of their ability.
"The teams we really haven't seen much of are De Soto, Gardner and Anderson County," Zuzzio said. "It's going to be a great 13-team meet. We hope to score a lot of points and bring home as many medals as we can."
Redbud Classic results
200 -- 3. Heckathorne, 27.6
400 -- 3. Heckathorne, 1:02.3; 4. Shoemaker, 1:03.6
800 -- 4. Craig, 2:29.5
1,600 -- 1. Garcia, 5:12. 4; 3. Verhaeghe, 5:38.5; 6. Durr, 5:50.7
3,200 -- 1. Garcia, 11:14; 3. Verhaeghe, 12:23.7
100 hurdles -- 5. Catloth, 17.7
300 hurdles -- 5. Papps, 51.2; 6. Catloth, 51.9
400 relay -- 4. Baldwin, 52.4
1,600 relay -- 2. Baldwin, 4:10.4
3,200 relay -- 2. Baldwin, 9:55.6
Throwers relay -- 1. Baldwin, 59.3
Long Jump -- 2. Garcia, 15-8 1/2
Triple Jump -- 5. Beall, 31-5 1/4
Pole Vault -- 3. Lester, 8-6
Team scores -- 1. Eudora, 127; 2. Baldwin, 93; 3. Wellsville, 76; 4. Osawatomie, 51; 5. Northern Heights, 32; 6. Pomona, 31; 7. Paola, 28; 8. Perry-Lecompton, 26; 9. Louisburg, KC Christian, 22; 11. Spring Hill, 19; 12. Prairie View, 14; 13. Bonner Springs, 8; 14. Osage City, 4; 15. St. James Academy, 2.