Track teams return to Liston
It took 17 days since the first meet for the Baldwin High School track teams to complete their second meet, although the location never changed.
On Tuesday, the Bulldogs participated in the 66th-annual Baker University Relays at Liston Stadium. Their first meet was the Baldwin Invitational on March 30.
"We are two for two," BHS boys' coach Mike Spielman said. "We've had two meets and both have been at home."
The events were slightly different Tuesday, but once again the Baldwin teams finished well. The BHS girls won the meet with 145 points, which beat out second-place Ruskin (Mo.) by 57 points as it scored 88.
"We always enjoy winning," BHS girls' coach Ted Zuzzio said. "We were able to have everyone on the team compete. We won 42 medals and 23 different girls won medals, which is always added excitement."
It wasn't quite the same story of success for the BHS boys, as they finished runner-up to Kansas City Central. Baldwin tallied 100 points but fell short by four as KC Central scored 104 points to win.
"I thought that we did a really nice job," Spielman said. "It was nice to finally get a meet in after a couple weeks of practice. We are still a little rusty in some spots, but I was really excited with how they competed and got back into it again."
BHS tracksters were happy to be competing for the first time in more than two weeks. Baldwin was scheduled to run at the KT Woodman Invitational, but chose not to participate because of the inclement weather.
"It was exciting to see the great weather, since we were greatly disappointed we didn't get to go to one of the toughest meets all year," senior Brandon Reed said. "I am really glad that we were able to participate today, but we were a little rusty since we hadn't done anything for more than two weeks."
The coaches were also happy to see their athletes display their talent outside of practice.
"It was nice to do something besides practice," Spielman said. "It was a great night. It was a great meet, because we were able to give everybody a chance to compete."
Both Baldwin teams were successful in winning several events at the meet. On the girls' side, Baldwin won two field events, three relays and one individual event.
Senior Amanda Vander Tuig won the high jump by four inches with a height of 5 feet, zero inches. Junior Olivia Catloth jumped 4-8 to place third in her first meet of the year.
Junior Courtney Harris won the javelin with her toss of 113-11. Her teammates, junior Colby Heckathorne (104-6) and freshman Taylor Brown (87-6), placed second and fourth, respectively, in the event.
The BHS girls also won the 6,400-, 3,200- and 400-meter throwers relays. Baldwin finished second in the 400-meter, 1,600-meter and distance medley relays.
Sophomore Corinna Papps won the 2,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 8:24. Fellow sophomore Calleigh Durr and freshman Julie Hill also ran the steeplechase and placed second and third, respectively.
"It was great to see some nice weather and the chance for everyone on the team to compete in multiple events," Zuzzio said.
Other notable finishes on the girls' side were freshman Krista Seaman (second in pole vault), Catloth (third in the 100-meter hurdles) and Papps (fourth in the 100 hurdles and second in the 300-meter hurdles).
The BHS boys won two events at Tuesday's meet. Senior Paul Minor won the steeplechase in a time of 7:44. The other victory came in the 3,200 relay.
There were a few top finishes by the boys. Baldwin placed second in the 1,600 and 6,400 relays. Junior Beau Elder and Reed finished second and third, respectively, in the shot put.
Three Bulldogs placed in the top five in the high jump. Sophomore Clad Kueffer placed second by clearing 5-6. Fellow sophomores Logan Schiller and Brandon Tommer finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the high jump.
"We are finding some things and we are trying some new kids in different events to see where they fit," Spielman said. "We are trying to get some relays put together. We are doing great."
Both BHS track teams will be busy for the next eight days. Baldwin will be competing in the Cardinal Relays today in Eudora. Then a few athletes will be running in the Kansas Relays over the weekend in Lawrence.
On Monday, Baldwin will travel to Spring Hill to compete in a triangular meet with the Broncos and Osawatomie. Their final meet of the eight-day stretch will be May 4 at the Girard Invitational.
"We are starting that point in the season where we have a lot of meets in the next few weeks," Spielman said. "So we are going to get a chance to keep competing and competing."