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Runaway Victory

May 11, 2006

WELLSVILLE -- In preparation for its final three meets of the year, the Baldwin High School boys' track team added another dominant victory here Friday night in the Redbud Classic.

The Bulldogs scored 132 points, blowing away second-place Spring Hill, which totaled 73 points.

"I thought we had a really good meet," coach Mike Spielman said. "It was really nice weather, so they got to run really fast. It was a good night on our home away from home course."

Senior Spencer Wilson thought the gap would be smaller, considering the Bulldogs' 400-meter relay team was disqualified.

"I didn't realize that we were that far ahead," Wilson said. "I thought it was going to be closer, especially after the 4x100 got disqualified. We ran very well."

The Bulldogs would have scored in every running event if the 400 relay was not disqualified after the race for yelling an obscenity.

"I am happy that we were able to score in a bunch of the events," Spielman said. "Without that 4x100, we score at least six points in every running event. It's nice to see we have some balance and everyone is doing their part."

Wilson said great depth has really helped the Bulldogs this year.

"This year is really different, because we have a lot of depth," Wilson said. "The fact that we can rely on each other has really paid off. We have even been able to score in some of the throwing events, which is really nice. It makes the meets a lot more enjoyable."

To make up for his costly mistake in the disqualified relay race, junior Aaron Mills won the 200-meter dash in a time of 22.8 seconds.

"He (Mills) ran a great 200," Spielman said. "That's a PR by almost 0.4 seconds. He ran really well."

The Bulldogs finished first and second in three events Friday. Seniors Aaron Hannon and Matt James swept the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, with Hannon winning and James taking a close second.

Mills and senior Jeremy Wright took the long jump by storm, finishing first and second, respectively.

"That was 18 big points three times," Spielman said. "We scored 15 points in the 800. Those are some events we need to keep doing well in and scoring in."

Wilson and junior Caj Kueffer placed second and third in the 800-meter run, as they were edged out by Spring Hill's Miles Acinger.

Wilson and Kueffer also helped the 3,200-meter relay team win gold, while Wilson was part of the 1,600-meter relay team that also won its event.

"I ran a little bit more than I usually do, so at the end of the meet, I was pretty tired," Wilson said. "I just faked it that I had a lot of energy left for the 4x400."

Senior Grant Catloth and Chris Elniff also ran on the 3,200 relay. Senior John Brown, Hannon and Wright were the other members of the 1,600-relay team.

"All three relays, as far as time goes, were great," Spielman said. "Grant Catloth running 10:10 in the two mile was really big. There was a good showing all the way through the meet."

Catloth finished second in the 3,200-meter run by running 10:10. Mills was runner-up in the 100-meter dash also.

Spielman said some of the distance runners took the opportunity Friday night to run several races.

"Since the 4x800 was early, a lot of those kids got to come back and run a mile that they haven't had a chance to run in a while," Spielman said. "That was good for them."

The Bulldogs next compete at the Frontier League Championship today at Paola. The field events begin at 3:30 p.m., preliminaries at 4:30 p.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

"League should be interesting, because there are a lot of good teams and talented individuals," Wilson said. "It's definitely going to be tough for us, but it should be a very competitive meet for us."

Spielman expects several teams to compete for the league title.

"Gardner has won it the last couple of years," Spielman said. "They are a good team. Spring Hill has some really good studs. Ottawa also has some really good kids. I would think those would be the top teams."

Redbud Classic Results
100 -- 2. Mills, 11.1
200 -- 1. Mills, 22.8
400 -- 2. Wright, 50.7
800 -- 2. Wilson, 2:02; 3. Kueffer, 2:02.1; 6. Elniff, 2:04.9
1,600 -- 4. Kueffer, 4:39.4; 5. Catloth, 4:42.3
3,200 -- 2. Catloth, 10:10
110 hurdles -- 1. Hannon, 15.8, 2. James, 16.8
300 hurdles -- 1. Hannon, 39.7, 2. James, 42.0
1,600 relay -- 1. Baldwin, 3:27.2
3,200 relay -- 1. Baldwin, 8:13.8
Throwers relay -- 5. Baldwin, 52.8
Discus -- 6. Hightree, 132-7
Long Jump -- 1. Mills, 21-10 1/2; 2. Wright -- 21-8 1/2
Triple Jump -- 5. Wieden, 39-10 1/2
Team scores -- 1. Baldwin, 132; 2. Spring Hill, 73; 3. Louisburg, Paola, 49; 5. Bonner Springs, 47; 6. Northern Heights, 41; 7. KC Christian, 36; 8. Wellsville, 26; 9. Eudora, 22; 10. Perry Lecompton, 20; 11. Prairie View, 17; 12. Pleasant Ridge, 16; 13. Osage City, 14; 14. Central Heights, 12; 15. Osawatomie, 4.

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