BHS boys rely on balanced scoring
It took two days to complete because of inclement weather, but the Baldwin Invitational Tournament track meet finished Monday evening.
The meet began Friday and ran smoothly until lightning forced a stoppage of the meet. It continued after the weekend at Baker University's Liston Stadium and was completed by 8 p.m. Monday.
"It was a little odd to have to do two days," Baldwin High School boys' coach Mike Spielman said. "But it was nice to be able to get it done and give everybody a chance to compete, instead of just canceling it. It was really nice that nine of the 13 teams could come back."
When the two-day meet was finished, the BHS boys' team placed third with 91 points. Bonner Springs won the boys' competition with 103 points, while Eudora took second with 93.5.
"I was happy how the team performed since we got third," junior Aaron Karlin said. "I think that is good for us, since this is my first track meet since junior high."
The Bulldogs finished third out of 13 teams at the meet. Spielman said he wasn't looking for a great team finish, but instead he wanted to see how his team competed at the first meet.
"I was really pleased that we got a great start, got some times for people. I think there were a few that even surprised themselves on how well they ran this early. I was really happy overall with everything."
Leading the way for Baldwin was senior Aaron Mills. He won the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 7 Â½ inches. Mills also placed third in the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.31 seconds.
Junior Kyle Smith won the 400-meter dash by running 52.4. Sophomore Connor Wright also placed in the 400, finishing fourth in a time of 54.5.
The Bulldogs also scored points in the shot put. Junior Beau Elder and senior Brandon Reed placed second and third, respectively. Elder threw the shot 44-6 while Reed tossed it 44-3 Â¼.
"I thought the 400 runners ran really well," Spielman said. "Our shot putters did a great job. Everybody else was really solid."
Other top BHS performances came from senior Caj Kueffer in the 800-meter run (second place, 2:06.5), Karlin in the 3,200-meter run (third place, 11:03), 1,600-meter relay team (second, 3:38.9) and the 3,200-meter relay (first, 8:42).
Karlin said he was happy with his first track meet in three years. He has played baseball the past two years during the spring.
"I was trying to get under 11 minutes and I ran 11:03," Karlin said. "In the mile, I was trying to break five minutes and got 5:00. It was a good first meet.
"It's been a few years but I like it," Karlin said of track. "I miss baseball a little bit, but it's a good atmosphere. Plus, a lot of cross country guys run track also."
Spielman said he was glad the first meet was over so he can have a better idea of who to put in what events, particularly relays.
"I am really happy that we are finding some events are a lot stronger than we thought and there are some other things that are falling into place," Spielman said. "I am really happy with where we are at right now."
Baldwin will not compete until it travels to Wichita April 13 for the KT Woodman Invitational.
"We need to finish getting in shape and figure out paces," Spielman said. "We still have to figure out who we want running in our relays."
Results from the Baldwin Invitational can be found at www.usd348.com/bhs/results/track.